Last week, my friends and I put to test one of our beloved childhood love-tests – FLAMES. If you’ve never heard about this ingenious little game then I am sorry to say you’ve really missed it. For you poor fellows, let me explain this path-breaking logic. You write down your name and your favourite person’s name and strike out all the common letters. Then you count up the remaining number of letters, say n. You then write the word “FLAMES” and strike out the nth letter. You keep going with the remaining letters until you have just the one letter remaining and that one letter is your relationship with that person – F – friends, L – Love, A – Affection, M – Marriage, E – Enemy and S – sister.
Now that we’re married, if the test really works, the test should give an “M” for a married couple. As you rightly guessed, none of the real-life couples got an “M”. One theory that seemed to support this result was that none of the couples had any business being married to each other. All of us agreed to this at some level. The other theory is that there is no one absolute right path. There are multiple paths and we happen to have married one of the possible candidates. The third theory is that FLAMES is bullshit which we were not ready to accept just yet. We continued to check our compatibility with some of our other favourite people. With Thalapathi Vijay, I get an F – friend and I am happy with that.
Come to think of it, I need not have been as worried in college when my name didn’t go with the cute guy’s in the other class. It didn’t have to, for me to go talk to him. We’re always trying to find reasons for not doing the things we’re scared of doing. We’re afraid of failing, of being embarrassed, of being rebuffed. We should try anyways. We’ll laugh later about what stopped us today. It may be a formal degree, someone’s approval, public opinion, past mistakes, caution…
I hope I managed to say something profound from all of that.
You need some breathtaking pasta while you try FLAMES with all your favourite people. I made this creamy, garlicky, parmesan kissed pasta last week. I kid you not when I say that all seven people who tasted this pasta, were absolutely besotted with it. I was quite taken in by how effortless the sauce really is. It goes to show what good quality cream and parmesan and all the fattening stuff in this world can do to a dish. Cream and parmesan make this pasta the dreamboat that it is. I added in wilted spinach, roasted cherry tomatoes and chicken for good measure. Oh my! Absolute beauty. Do let me know if you make this one. I am sure you’ll love it.
Pasta in creamy, garlicky sauce
- 300 gm Spaghetti pasta
- 200 gm Chicken, diced
- 250 gm Cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 bunch Spinach leaves
- 200 ml Fresh cream
- 200 ml Milk
- 200 gm Parmesan, grated
- Salt to taste
- 3 tsp Chilli flakes
- 1 tsp Black pepper powder
- 2 tsp Oregano
- 2 tsp Garlic, minced
- 3 tbsp Olive oil
- Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Place spaghetti pasta into the pot and cook until the pasta is al-dente. Drain the liquid, rinse pasta under running water and set aside.
- To a large pan, add 2 tbsp olive oil. Add the diced chicken and cook for 3-4 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and slightly browned. Remove with a slotted spoon to a plate. To the same pan, add the remaining olive oil. Add minced garlic and fry for a minute. Add cherry tomatoes to the pan and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes or until slightly softened. Do not crush the tomatoes. Remove the softened tomatoes on to a plate.
- Add the spinach to the pan and allow to wilt. Pour milk and cream into the pan and mix. Add salt, oregano, chilli flakes and black pepper powder and mix well. Turn heat down to low. Wait until the sauce thickens slightly – 1-2 minutes. Add three-fourth of the parmesan cheese to the pan. Mix and switch off. Add back chicken, tomato to the pan. Add pasta also and gently fold in. Transfer to plates and top with remaining parmesan cheese. Serve warm. Enjoy!