Oh Thanks To The Hot Chic Waiter Girl, Venky Went Red!

Hi, my dear reader,

These days I love coming to vacation rentals with a kitchenette as opposed to a hotel room. Being equipped to cook your own food – should the inspiration strike – isn’t something I’d want to miss.

That is especially true for me in a plant paradise place like Maui! The sheer variety and access to farm-fresh harvest is like no other in an agriculture-dominated state like Hawaii.

All that said, the first three days of being here we ate at a restaurant. We had signed up for a bunch of other activities. One of which was to spend a day deep in the forest area, where a nearby local farming family catered to our food needs.

We were excited about our find of this eating joint and ordered our salad. Five minutes later, our sweet young waiter served a plate, and I said to my husband, “we can share this, baby .. the second plate must come soon”.

Waiter girl was a little surprised, “you meant two plates, right??” I confirmed no, two salads, and went back to the conversation with my husband.

The second day we were at another restaurant, and we asked for a salad. Same response – hey, we wanted to check if you meant two plates or two salads. No error, two salads, I said.

The third day was the best! 😂

We went to this place called Flatbread Company for my husband’s birthday lunch. As usual, we ordered two salads. And one pizza – thin crust, only veg, no cheese – after ten minutes, I added.

Five minutes went by, and our lovely waitress comes by and asks -” did you really want two salads? Our servings are big, just so you know” .. I said yes and smiled. And then, very spontaneously, she said, “You want a veggie pizza ten minutes after that??”

Oh, dear! 😂😂😂

The and word and the tone of surprise 😂 Venky was red by this time!

I gave her a chuckle and said “yes and yes” 😂 and sensed our conversation wouldn’t resume until after I had enlivened Venky .. and had to come up with something. And I spontaneously said – “What guy wouldn’t want to be memorable to a hot chic! Trust me, she’ll remember you as the sweet guy who wolfed down a salad and followed it with a pizza!”

And our man was laughing and smiling, and all was well again.

I secretly ordered a beautiful macadamia nut torte with pineapples to end the meal.

My dear reader, whether it’s a guy or a girl eating huge salads in front of crowds, does make others feel awkward. They think that way because they know they themselves aren’t doing it. And they _are_ supposed to be doing it!

So, often they will convey their awkwardness by way of surprise. Our waiter ladies in all three situations may not have felt the slightest embarrassment themselves. They may have purely asked for clarity of the order.

But if you’re a big salad eater or want to become one, you must learn to handle such situations by feeling offended or embarrassed. Often, you will still feel bashful – like how Venky did – even after years of being this way. That doesn’t go away at all. And you’ve got to learn to take it in your stride.

Plus, you’ve to remind yourself that vegetables and fruit are extremely low in calories when cooked right. So, one needs to eat a fair quantity to feel satiated. And one can afford to take in big helpings as well, without worrying about gaining weight.

Life lessons come anywhere anytime .. no!

I’ll catch up with you soon, am going away on a farm tour after this email .. here are some salad pictures for your inspiration.






Another Recipe .. This Time A Sweet One!

The last couple of weeks have seen me hosting guests at home, somewhat more than usual. I enjoy connecting with the people, listening to the stories of their lives, and showing them around. And of course, cooking and sharing food with them.
But you know what, things could have slipped out of control had we eaten out that many times with each guest. Restaurants only care to keep us craving for their food. And so, they make it stimulating! Oozing with grease and dripping with sugar.
And I made a lovely kheer using the humble sweet potato – and no grease or sugar! Just one failing in all this – I’ve no pictures to show you, my dear reader, except for one very blah one! So, I am not showing it. Because I was running around and serving my guests, it did not occur until it was all over.
This kheer recipe involves 3-4 steps and as many ingredients too. So here we go!
a. Sweet potatoes: 2-3 – I used orange ones one time and used purple ones two other times.
b. Fruit to sweeten your kheer – I used banana with the orange sweet potato and used dates with the purple ones. You may use any dry fruit of your choice, like raisins or figs. But be sure to soak them in water to soften them. Also, know that dry fruit is more caloric than if you used fresh fruit like banana, apple, or mango. The quantity of fruit depends on how sweet you want your kheer.
c. Nut milk to blend and adjust the consistency.
d. Spices to elevate the taste. I used saffron and cardamom in the orange sweet potato kheer. And used just cardamom with the purple ones.
1. Take sweet potatoes, wash thoroughly, and make a few nicks using a knife.
2. Place them in a baking tray and bake them in the oven at 350 F for about 30 – 45 mins until soft.
3. Peel the skin and process it in a food processor along with a fruit of your choice and nut milk, until it reaches a kheer consistency.
4. Serve it chilled or hot, as preferred.
Baking or roasting the potatoes caramelizes them and sweeten them further. If you are using the bananas, you may caramelize them on a nonstick pan on the stove.
And! Be sure to nick those potatoes – or they will burst open inside the oven, and it can get very messy.
Play around with spices – try others that may appeal to you.
I share this recipe with you to show how exquisite and delectable dishes can be made healthy. It’s indeed possible to eat tasty food that is great for your body. I hope you’ll make this sometime. And let me know when you do!
Until next time,