Jagan is going to be away for 2 months on a business trip. He left last week. 2 months is a long time. We’d miss him.
Romantic and ever thoughtful guy that he is, that evening he suddenly pulled me aside and showed me..
How to disconnect his car battery. He also showed me all the places under the hood where I should place the rat repellant. He made me practice opening and closing the hood.
That reminds me – Happy Valentine’s Day!
Never one to honour stereotypes, he has never recognized Valentine’s day.
Jagan not in town also means lazy breakfasts, lunch leftovers for dinner, less chicken and little to no restaurant hopping. Hasini is already sad about the restaurant bit.
As if on que, the day after he left, the light bulb in the study died and needs changing now.
I read in bed till 3 am the other day like back in my single days. I woke up shrieking because I had to pack lunch for 2 kids in 20 minutes. If Jagan had been here, he’d have grumbled enough for me to switch off the lights by 12 and I would have woken up with a full 30 minutes in hand.
I’ll need to wait 2 months to change my Mookuthi. Jagan is my official Mookuthi (nosepin) changer. It’s too tricky for me to do it on my own. He comes armed with two sets of pliers from his tool set to change my teeny mookuthi. He triumphantly changes my mookuthi and sits back. I look in the mirror and don’t like the new one and want to go back to the old one. He knows from experience and hasn’t put away his tools. He deftly does his thing one more time and switches up the mookuthi again. He’s an engineer after all.
I write unhindered. The music is on the entire time. I am catching up on my reading. I am left to administer cough medicine to the kids and take full and complete charge of making them study for the exams. I have stories to tell him but I can’t remember them all by the time our timezones intersect. I have the TV remote when I manage to bully the kids. I need to drive everywhere and park myself.
You cannot do with or without him. That means he’s the right one. Maybe.
I hope I’ve given you the all-important life advice you need on this day.
I also have an incredibly easy and absolutely delicious Schezwan noodle recipe for you. I made a veggie loaded Schezwan Noodles using mushrooms, Zucchini and carrots. You can use any other veggies of your choice or add chicken or egg too. I also had readymade red chilli paste which I used for this recipe. You can make your own by soaking whole dry red chillies in hot water for 10-15 minutes and then grinding them to a coarse paste. You can make this Schezwan Noodles in under 20 minutes. Perfect for when you were up reading all night and went to sleep at 3 am thinking you were a teenager but woke up to find you are a mom. Let me know if you make this Schezwan Noodles. I am sure you’ll dig it. Enjoy!
- 1 pack Noodles
- 1 Carrot, sliced into matchsticks
- 1 Zucchini, chopped
- 200 gm Mushrooms, chopped
- 4 Whole dry red chillies, broken into halves
- 1/2 tsp Grated ginger
- 1/2 tsp Crushed garlic
- 3 tbsp Red chilli paste readymade or soak 8-9 whole dry red chillies in ¼ cup of hot water and grind to a coarse paste
- 2 tsp Soy sauce
- 2 tbsp Sesame oil
- Salt to taste
- 3 tbsp Chopped green onions for garnish
- Break up the noodles into strands. Heat a pot of water to a rolling boil. Switch off and dump the broken up noodles into the hot water. Let soak for 5-7 minutes or until the noodles are softened. Drain the water, place the noodles in a colander and rinse the noodles in tap water. Set aside.
- To a large wok/kadai, add sesame oil. When the oil turns hot, add the whole dry red chillies followed by crushed garlic and ginger. Fry on high heat for a minute. Add the carrot sticks and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add in the chopped mushrooms and fry for another 3-4 minutes. Add the chopped zucchini and fry for a minute. Add in soy sauce, red chilli paste and salt. Mix well and toss for another minute.
- Add in the cooked noodles and gently mix everything up. Taste and adjust seasoning. Switch off. Garnish with chopped green onions. Serve.