Jul 22, 2010

Welcome to our kitchen!

If you are to visit us, within minutes we will seat you squarely in our kitchen! Hard to believe I know, but our kitchen is the best place we love to hang out with friends and family while we catch up on events at both ends and preparing for the next meal, all at the same time.

Our kitchen has kind of become the heart of our home. I am so tempted to say "My Kitchen" but with that kind of attitude I can't win over my kids who are taking baby steps experimenting with cooking & cleaning, so "Our Kitchen" would be best!

It is at the kitchen where our day starts with all of us bright and sunny for breakfast, followed by a quick Bible reading, key searching, vitamin gulping, lunch packing & every other details related to the morning rush.

Even in the busiest mornings, I like to tidy up the place, putting away the cereal boxes, the toaster, the butter dish, milk carton & orange juice, quickly wiping down the crumbs, unloading the dish washer, pressure cook the dal & soak the tamarind for dinner, keep the vegetable or meat out of the fridge/freezer, set the rice cooker to delay cook in 10 hours...

These are tricky acts to fool myself as if someone did it all in my absence, so that I can walk into a prestine kitchen end of the day with freshly made rice and sambar & subji just a "seasoning away"!

Again it is right at the kitchen our whole clan descends after a heavy day at work, school or play, straight from the garage door entrance.

As you can visualize in the next few minutes, kitchen is all thrashed out with scattered school bags, laptops, lunch bags, socks, shoes, rocks, twigs, bones supposedly collectibles kids found in the after school care, only to be thrown away in the garbage later by Mom while kids are finally in bed and out of sight... The sequence of showing off the classworks, starting with the homework, fighting & crying for touching one another's chairs making you wonder will this ever stop...

Dinner time followed by quick bathing, rush cleaning, winding down, phone conversations with friends/family, reading letters, sorting the mail throwing away the junk, browsing the sale catalogs, clipping coupons, checking emails, paying the bills, all of these happen within the confines of our kitchen.

As bed time draws near, kids now clean, fed & yawning, we slowly drift off from the kitchen, to a brief family meditation in the living room before going to our beds.

By the way guest, in the meantime let us show you your room, towels and soap, care if you have your toothbrush or need a night gown, will remind you of your water, show you the coffee & sugar (in case you would like to have coffee before we come down) and will finally let you sleep...

Only to rest and come back fresh again to start an all new day right at our kitchen with all of us right there! For now we are so glad to have you stay! Please have a Good Night!

3 comments:

SG said...

Excellent description of your fun filled family day. I love it. I thought everyone uses tamarind paste nowadays, even in India, let alone USA. I am pleasantly surprised you soak the tamarind.

You guys home next weekend? We are visiting.

NRIGirl said...

SG: Your comment makes me smile... Indeed we are home this weekend, would love to have you visiting...

For some reason I don't like the tamarind paste and still prefer the regular tamarind, but the sticky kind not the dry one...

Stranger said...

Oh NRIGirl, u made me realize kitchen could be a fun place too...

When we have our own kitchen, we will try to make it big enough to accommodate whole family...

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