Mornings I wake up early to the sound of birds before everyone else. I brush my teeth and brew coffee. I read the paper while drinking coffee from my coffee mug. I take a shower, dress up and with my wet hair wrapped in a towel, I head to the kitchen to make breakfast and lunch. I then wake up the kids and husband. I gently chide them for being lazy. Kids smile and go get showered and dressed. I lay the breakfast on the table. Kids say their prayers and sit down for breakfast. Jagan is reading the papers. Once done, kids hug me, say bye and walk over to wait for the van. The van arrives and they climb inside and wave to me. I wave back and walk back home. That is my morning routine – said no one ever.
The actual morning routine has all of these elements but inside out and upside down. I wake up last along with the kids. So it’s kind of a tie. I head straight to the kitchen to make breakfast and lunch. There’s no smiling in the morning. There’s a lot of yelling, blaming, searching for socks, shirt, jatti and science classwork but no smiling. Nobody dare sit down for anything least of all to eat breakfast. You may sit down to put on your shoes but that’s about it. We don’t wait for the van; the van driver waits while we scoot across the road. He always turns onto our road when I am tying Hasini’s first ponytail and we can see him from the balcony, so I have to hurry downstairs while still tying the second one and it ends up being a bit lopsided. Hasini seems to go with uneven ponytails on most days.
Hasini is sometimes angry I haven’t given her money for the canteen. She doesn’t wave to me. Yuvan is not pleased that he doesn’t get the window seat. He doesn’t wave either. I walk back home marveling that I’ve somehow managed to send them off successfully to school yet another day and take my first bathroom break since yesterday night. Jagan is reading the papers.
The bird call happens last. Our neighborhood crow calls out to me from outside my kitchen. He hops aside while I place his breakfast. He eats once I walk way.
I then make my morning drink. I drink lemon and honey or turmeric latte. Recently I made this carrot coconut milk for my morning drink.
This carrot coconut milk is a glorious golden yellow, luscious, smooth and by far the most breathtaking morning drink ever. I love it. I love anything with coconut milk and this one is absolutely gorgeous. This drink is my Maamiyaar’s brainchild. She offered me a glass one day and I was hooked. If you have coconuts on hand and don’t mind the little bit of effort in breaking the coconut and gouging out the flesh or grating it (if that’s how you do it), then this drink is a breeze. It’s an ingenious way to eat carrots. You just have to try this.
What is your morning routine like? I’d love to hear. Share in the comments below.
Carrot coconut milk
- 3-4 Carrots scraped and chopped roughly
- 1 Coconut chopped roughly
- 3 cups Water
- 3 Cardamom
- 3-4 tbsp Sugar
- Combine carrots, coconut, cardamom and water in a blender. Blend until everything is nicely ground and blended together.
- Place a cotton cloth on a large bowl and pour the blended mixture into the cloth. Gather the ends of the cloth and squeeze to strain the juice into the bowl. Discard the pulp.
- Add sugar to the bowl and mix well till the sugar is dissolved. Taste and adjust. Pour into glasses and serve. Enjoy!