The Potatoes Are Rotten

So here comes another Friday, which certainly, is the most highly awaited day of every week. Meal planning has always been the most exciting part of my Fridays. Meals, especially dinner, has to be special and interesting. Last Friday, I brainstormed half the afternoon and enlisted names of food that we had been badly longing for but haven’t cooked or eaten in longer-than-recent past. The names faced a tough competition and shepherd’s pie was crowned winner. An enthusiastic and excited me jumped on to the next episode of gathering all ingredients. 
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Oh no! The potatoes!
The starchy, tasty, popular yet humble potatoes had rotten. Huh! what would I do without this food crop.
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 Is it just that we would be longing for a hearty shepherd’s pie over a longer time period now? “Oh no, there is no way I could sulk over this any longer,” I said to myself. To overcome the blues of not being able to cook and eat who was crowned, I glanced through the list. All I knew then, was a mirror there would have better narrated the noticeably lugubrious visage on my face. And since there wasn’t one (mirror), I was only left to realize how the absence of potato could temporarily make your life a desperate impasse. And having said that, it is important to justify with the list I made that afternoon.
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Alas! none of the above was possible. The condition of potatoes were most likely due to spurt of humid weather conditions and I am to blame for not checking on them earlier during the week.The humidity also led to downpours almost the entire last week but a day or two. Unfortunately Friday had seen the week’s highest downpour all day long with indeed very wet areas and rushing to the nearest grocery was impossible.
Going by the saying, “there is always a first time for everything,” I finally made truce with myself for overlooking the condition of potatoes. But simultaneously promised myself,”this is also the last time for any such mistake.” After all, I don’t want to be held guilty for depriving myself or my spouse from indulging in guilty pleasure on Fridays. Or should I say, our Fridays are meant for, “Hello Calories and Hello Taste” and any such indulgence is impossible without these tubers food storing bodies in our pantry. Since we all know potato as one of the leaders in carb and starch marathon, almost all of us mentally advocate it’s limited consumption in today’s date. But it’s no show in the kitchen means:
 None from my list above
 No Fries,Wedges and Chips
 No Hash Browns
 No Mash
 No Roasts
 No Scallops and innumerable etceteras
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Oh! can I really hang in with all that?

 

 

Walk -Roam-Cruise-Eat : that was Massachusetts Day1

I have always been a lover of cities and my husband never stops planning hill stations. Luck was my side and we headed towards Boston this time. It was an unexpectedly perfect Saturday morning (sans the rains off course )where clouds and ImageSun played peek-a-boo. We started at 8 45 am and reached Boston roughly at around 1 15 pm. Needless to say,we did worship our appetite with subs and shakes on our way. The Bay area was welcoming

ImageWe hurriedly queued up for the cruise. The cruise was special as it was taking us on a date with one of the cetaceans,i.e whale. But even before we reached the mid-ocean to get a glimpse of the whales, the various views from the cruise were a cynosure for our eyes. As we departed the bay area and headed little ahead, the view of Boston city across the shore was simply splendid.

ImageAs we headed further, the ocean played with various shades of whites,green and blue from her palette and mesmerized us every moment.

ImageAnd as we heard the announcement of our proximity towards the whales’ habitat, everyone on the deck started looking the celebrity of the day : the whales.

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And finally it the eager wait to catch a glimpse of the water mammal was over. Crew members began throwing whale food to allure them. 3,2,1….and then came the sound of whale splash over. Aah! what a delightful glimpse.

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Even more delightful was watching two of them taking a plunge

ImageAs we stood all excited watching the two, another splash diverted us the other side. By the time I look into the other side, it dived far displaying its V- shaped dorsal fin.

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As we proceeded back towards the shore, another wonderful sight caught my eye.

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It was time for a snack and we went down the deck food counter to grab a hot dog

ImageBack in shore, we decided to walk down the streets of Boston, i.e., our desire to roam freely and surfing the city was about to begin. The colorful public transports moved all over the streets of the city that had its own charm.

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ImageImageAnd then, as we walked down the streets of Boston, we ate food that flattered our taste buds. An Elguapo burger sandwich and hand made fries from b.good followed by the pastries from Mike’s pastry.

ImageAfter roaming around the streets of Boston, we drove back to the hotel and had  sumptuous dinner at Romano’s Macaroni Grill. It was time to doze off and gear up for Day 2 at Massachusetts. After a warm shower we surely did get a good night’s sleep.

Photographs by : The Author (Largerthanlife)