When they woke up and stood next to me, Jr.H looked out and said, ‘It’s raining cats and dogs.’
“No. Hippos and rhinos!” I said. I had coined this phrase when I was Jr.P’s age. The phrase ‘cats and dogs’ did not do justice to the sight of a downpour, hence ‘hippos and rhinos’.
‘Ha’ was all the son said. ‘Ha?’ I asked facing him and giving him my ‘how dare you ‘ha’ your ma look’. The look has lost its edge, having been used much too oft. He looked at me right in the eye and said, ‘It is raining ‘APATOSAURUS! I laughed a mirthless, mean laugh (the kind some people call a hyena’s laugh for if you have heard a hyena, it emits funny sounds that are high pitched and uneven but please – they are not laughing! And said, ‘Ha…. ha…’ (The same tone as his ‘ha’).” If you can say ‘H and R’ why can I not say ‘A and A’,” he asked, thinking I was smug. “Mine sounds better,” I said. “Mine,” he said looking defiant. I was smug – in a way! It is one of the best phrases I coined as a kid.
There, I had passed on a little bit of ‘me’ to my son. We were both illogically logical. I wiped tears of joy and said later, “I am proud of you!”, and hugged him – Oh yes! I am very filmy, and I know it!
But that was after Jr.H stepped in as arbitrator and suggested ‘hippos and dinos’.
Long and short is that I escaped getting caught in the rain as I did not go to work during the last two days. I was home to welcome the children when they returned from school and served them warm and tasty bowls of Broken Wheat And Almond Porridge – brings on the upward curve. I found this in the tupperware pamphlet M Aunty gave me sometime back. It is an ideal baby food too – quick, tasty and nourishing.
Recipe: Broken Wheat And Almond Porridge
Serves: 1 hungry child
Roasted broken wheat / lapsi / dalia – 2 tbsp.
Almonds (badam – I use mamra badam) – 4 or 5 (split into two, chop fine and roast till pink)
Jaggery (gud) – 1 tbsp. or more powdered
Banana (I use elaichi kela, a local variant) – 1 mashed
Soy / Rice / Almond Milk (I use rice or soy milk infused with vanilla stick and ground with 4 soaked cashews) – 1.5 cups
Powder the toasted dalia and almonds together to a coarse, grainy mixture in a wok. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for 5-7 minutes till soft.
It makes a good breakfast as well as energizing evening meal.
I roast 1/2 kilo of broken wheat till it releases a characteristic nutty flavour. Cool and powder it along with 20 roasted and chopped almonds and store this coarse powder. When I need to make the porridge I simply take the amount of powder required (usually 3-4 tbsp. is enough for both). This way the porridge becomes an instant one and gets done under 10 minutes.
Usually it is Jr.H who makes the porridge after getting back home. She does not mind making this as it is easy and both like it very much. Jr.H uses milk and sugar without vanilla flavouring. My son adds a tsp. of raisins to his bowl.
P.S: Did anyone see H.P and the H.B.P? How is it?
Following suggestions, and finding that bulgar wheat is not the same as broken wheat, the terms have been updated in this post.