Tuesday, September 27, 2005

I Come Clean

Have you ever tried to write about something when your mind is preoccupied with something else? “Why?” you ask. Say it’s because you have to. It’s akin to having an exam or a presentation the next day on subject A and your mind is filled with this unquenchable thirst for knowledge on subject B. Know how that happens? Back in high school, the need to study that subject B and maybe excel in it and follow that up with a doctoral degree on the finer nuances of B can be overpowering. In college, especially in grad school, I knew I wouldn’t do the follow-up-with-a-doctoral-degree part but still, B would beat A hollow in general appeal. Yet, we have to pass subject A too right, so we trudge on....the results will usually yield a very half-baked A-casserole, but we pass. At least we hope to pass.

Recently I have been whipping up a lot of those half-baked casseroles. Some haven’t made it to the blog because I learnt my lesson earlier on. Too many half-baked casseroles and eventually the appetites are lost forever. Some definitely have, like my responses to telemarketers! So I will beat around the bush no longer and tell you right now that there’s so much to write about, which I haven’t gotten round to. Soon I will, and it’s very likely I won’t stop, and then you will thank me for at least putting it off for a while. You will scream for a break, I most definitely will myself, but we might well not have one for a long, long time.

So please hang in there while I take my time with the sautéing and simmering. A slow cooked dish at least speaks of the cook’s passion, if not anything more!

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Thanks for the emails people. There's nothing to be concerned about. We are alive and kicking, albeit a little aimlessly.

28 Comments:

Blogger Rhyncus said...

Email? Not that I'm 'concerned' or anything, but email? Where's the email? :)
Take your time, btw, some things take longer to cook, some can be had raw. Chef has to decide. We'll chomp on whatever chef recommends.

11:50 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Ah Rhyncy, the email was given out at one very busy comment box on one very sunny day. Many didn't notice, many did :)

It's gratisgab.AT.gmail.com. There, today is sunny too now. According to moi at least!

12:33 PM  
Anonymous Zoheb said...

Kya hai yeh sab abstract casserole cookery classes. Mereko kuchh nahi samjhaa.

12:50 PM  
Blogger pingoo said...

Casserole...sauteing..simmering..slowcooking ..hmm ?? u been eating a lot these days ?? missed u.

2:13 PM  
Anonymous Ashok said...

YAY Gratis is back! Come on, dish up some Maggi at least...or wait, this is Maggi I'm commenting on right?

2:16 PM  
Blogger VC said...

Aw! Come on! I wouldn't consider " Feeling Good About Being Bad" a half-baked casserole. More like a quick & easy grilled cheese sandwich! But tasty, nevertheless.

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's cooking Gabby? What's in the pipeline? Piping hot samosas? Tell! Tell!

I'm hungry now.

-The Anon Who Annoys

2:26 PM  
Blogger anantha said...

Gabby Aunty.... Gabby Aunty..bhookh lagi hai! ROTFL! You asked for it...

8:06 PM  
Blogger manan said...

hey gabby, i wouldn't say i read mother's cooking on this blog, but i WILL say its the next best thing to it! keep on :) whats good is that there's always something to delight the taste buds - like today's white-choclate macademia nut cookie - "we are alive and kicking, albeit a little aimlessly" . too good!

8:44 PM  
Anonymous Ash said...

Don't worry Gabby, we'll be here, waiting for the floodgates to open :)

9:49 PM  
Blogger visithra said...

I'm curious of your 23rd post - will you post? pretty pls ;p

10:03 PM  
Blogger Prerona said...

v, glad to know ur still alive :)
take care.

10:31 PM  
Anonymous Author by the brook said...

hang on there and we will be back when you are back :)
pallavi

12:13 AM  
Blogger KJ said...

* Sniff Sniff*

something's cooking!!!!!I can smell something....

what is it? i am hungry!!!!

will wait for ur slow cooked dish......

:-)

12:38 AM  
Anonymous burf said...

this one doesn't make sense but somehow seems that easlier post affected u somehow...

1:27 AM  
Blogger burf said...

the earlier*

1:28 AM  
Blogger Swathi said...

waiting with an empty stomach for the scrumptious fare u r gonna serve

1:33 AM  
Blogger pingoo said...

We are alive and kicking

Just when the thought xed my mind -

what happened to the blog ?
Is there any hope ?
I don't see a clog
She must be on Dope
Dope and Gabby ??
who knows..maybe !!

albeit a little aimlessly.

Now u know where to aim :).

7:34 AM  
Anonymous ?! said...

From a haiku titled "Logjam" ...

Million thoughts
demanding release
Writer's Block.

7:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gratis, do you do dope?

I don't think so...methinks you're one of them NICE girls. right? Right? RIGHT?

8:40 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Zo - Stop the anjaan act.

Pingoo - I have :)....I rarely spend more than 25 mins in the kitchen though. So if I'm doing all this baking-shaking for my readers, you should all feel flattered!

Ashok - Very perceptive. This was Maggi indeed...actually cup-a-noodles. You know, "Just add hot water" types.

vc - thankoo man. Nothing like a cheese-grilled to save the day na? With ketchup on the side. Now I'm starving for one.

Anon Who Annoys - Nice way you have of setting yourself apart from the other Anons! Samosas I don't know about. But something steamy and hot at least. God, now don't get the wrong idea...!!!

9:07 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Anti - I always found those Maggi kids annoying....randomly running up to some Aunty and asking for food...what happened to their Moms I ask? I think if and when the time comes I will insist on every neighborhood kid bringing their own snack-dabbas to play! Evil Aunty is what I'll be!

Manan bhai - Thanks man. Last minute saviour that was hahn? :) Ah well, anything to keep you all coming back!

Ash - I might well drown myself when that happens! Thanks hon.

visithra - Hmmmm....:)

prerona - Hanging in there! Barely! ;)

Pallavi - New blog up? Will check it out!

kj - The say half the thing about food is the smell...take that away and it's bound to fall flat...So here I am stirring up the smells!

burf - simple. i'm not being able to write anything nice as my mind is preoccupied with something I am not ready to write about yet.

swathi - no no! never wait on an empty stomach. When I go to people's places for dinner and it's the first time, and you don't know if they cook any good, I ALWAYS much on something in the car. We don't take risks where the stomachs are concerned lady. We just don't.

9:18 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Wah Wah Pingoo! So honoured that my random lines are inspiring the poet in you! Spouting all kinds of rhyming lines and all. Random too, as expected :)...See every once in a while something like this happens and I begin to feel it's all worth it. My life does have some meaning after all! *wicked grin*

?! - And the well-read-wanderer returneth! Give me a haiku about food now. Or patience...and where do you get them from any way? Maybe I can just google my own and spare you the trouble? :)

Anon - A NICE girl wouldn't even know what you're asking about. right? Right? RIGHT?

9:23 AM  
Anonymous ?! said...

Errr... (this haiku was self-composed) the quotes are half forgotten remnants of once avidly read books ...

9:29 AM  
Anonymous ?! said...

Here is some Maggi of my own

"All Things Come To Him Who Waits"

I will savour
this delight,cooked in
simmering patience


( tucks back pencil behind ear in true Udipi server style)

9:35 AM  
Blogger Twilight Fairy said...

Gratis, you started getting mails for being absent :) .. LOL.. errrmm.. great :)..

Too many foodie comments here so mine is simple and practical. No need to feel forced or obliged to post :p.. anything that makes you do that doesnt let you enjoy that anymore.
See, haven't posted that post I posted about in the past (dub mo that was a tongue twister coined by moi).. so do it at your own pace.. :)

12:11 PM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

?! - Self-composed? Duly impressed Mr.?! ! May the flow of the creative juices never ebb!

TFairy - Yes! Some were kind and enquiring. Some told me to get off my ass and write something :)...But yes, I agree, everything will happen in it's time.

1:46 PM  
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