As your children grow up, you hear them using words you would not want them to… vague ideas picked up from their surroundings, most of the times, not even realising what they actually mean. Their minds are like sponges, constantly soaking up all that they see and hear around them. And when they are away from home for most parts of the day, the soaked bits of information may not be the best ones, at times… the ones you would like to hear. Then, they need to be told…no, talked to. They need to be explained in such a way that their still growing minds would be able to grasp the meaning and at the same time, realise the seriousness of the situation and how it affects their personality. At the same time, you would not want to lecture them off too much, to the extent, that, next time, they would think twice before opening up to you. No, that would not do at all. Tact, is the name of the game. And no, mothering is not easy…giving birth is probably the easiest bit.
It was my ma’s birthday yesterday. When I called to wish her, my sister , cousins and aunts were all celebrating it. I longed to be there…to wish her in person, to give her a hug, to tell her what a wonderful mother she has been for us…for did I not mention a while ago, that it is definitely not easy. Such feelings always evoke something more…makes me think of the future…after many years, when both my children will have grown up, will they have the same feeling…will they feel that tug in their hearts, that longing that I now feel for my mother, not just because she is one, but because she is a good one; but then, let’s leave it to the future…time will reveal all
Coming to the kitchen front, avocado is one fruit, that does not find it’s way too often into our shopping bags. It is indeed, not a regular guest.
Well, probably, once in a blue moon, for some guacamole, but that’s it.
It was one of those rare days when a couple of them made their way into our house. And this time, instead of a guacamole, I combined them with cucumber to make a really refreshing soup. This soup, can be served hot or chilled and can also double as a dip for your tortilla chips and what not. It is ready in minutes and I must say, that the neglected avocado ( in our household) does need to be welcomed a bit more openly
The following is the recipe for the avocado and cucumber soup/dip…
2 firm avocados, halved, stoned,peeled, chopped and coarsely blended with 1/2 a cucumber (regular size), peeled and chopped
1 red onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
1 C plain yogurt
1 and 1/3 C of milk
1/2 tsp ( more or less) crushed red chillies
1 tsp roasted and ground cumin
2 tblsp of extra virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Heat the oil and cook the onions and garlic, stirring constantly, till the onions are softened.
- Add the coarsely blended avocado and cucumber, along with the cumin and chilli and cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.
- Add the yogurt, stir for about 10 seconds and add the milk.
- Simmer for a few minutes…it will turn frothy. Keep stirring, for it might stick to the botom of the pan.
- Remove from heat and blend everything together in a food processor till smooth…I did leave ours very slightly coarse for a little bite.
- Season with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
As I mentioned earlier, this thick soup tastes great, hot or chilled.