Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Love is all you need

Not many tread off the beaten path.
Aman did.
And so did Faby.

I studied with Aman in college. A regular, playful, joyful Punjabi Sikh boy, Aman is adept at the Mumbai way of talking, has the same affinity to the word 'arey' that every Mumbaikar has, is completely Punjabi at heart, probably frequents the Gurudwara, loves Jagit Singh, watches bollywood movies, polishes off butter chicken; basically a completely mumbai-type, punjabi-type, indian-type boy! 
Yet, he has a very different outlook in comparison to most boys here.
How so?
Amanpreet Chawla married a beautiful girl this January. And she is gorgeous and vivacious and a perfect match for Aman's family consisting of his parents, two elder brothers, their respective wives and one very cute nephew; all of whom live happily together. You may wonder what's so different here as this happens in most families in India when the boy of the house gets married.  
Aman married a beautiful girl this January. 
A beautiful Mexican girl, who he met and dated for 2 whole years, right from the time she barely knew English and he barely knew Spanish, him staying a million miles away here in Mumbai and her in Mexico city to now being married to each other, understanding each other's languages better and staying together happily!

Work brought Aman to Fabiola Rosas or as we call her - 'Faby'. What started as a work relationship slowly grew to friendly mails and chatting and texting and skyping and finally led to a trip to sunny Mexico! 
Her "Hola" to his "Namaste" didn't deter them much and when chat messages were exchanged Google Translate played a vital role. According to Aman, it still does! 
But anything for love! 
So much so that they used to have actual candlelight dinner SKYPE dates; the only difference apart from the fact that she was in Mexico and him in India and it was over Skype, was that for her it was bright in the morning when the dinner date took place. Her mum used to wonder why Faby was locked up her room in the morning and giggling alone inside!

I'm sure it must have been quite a task to cross the hurdles set by different languages, different cultures and different thinking...but for them...I guess, they barely noticed the difficulties. We grow up with the notion that love is all you need but when we are all grown up and ready to fall in love somewhere at the back of our mind we conform to set traditions and pre-concieved societal notions. 
Aman didn't.
And neither did Faby.

So trying to tread a different path, I ventured to bake something savoury. The Hummingbird's Ham and Mushroom Muffin! 
I guess I need a little more practice when it comes to treading new paths as the muffin, hot as it was out of the oven was a little...well...wonky (for lack of a better word!)

3 1/2 tbsps butter
1/2 small onion, chopped
1 cup butter mushrooms, chopped
2 3/4 cups flour
2 1/2 tsps baking powder
2 cups grated cheese
1 cup whole milk
1 egg
60 gms smoked ham, chopped
salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees.
Melt the butter and fry the onions and mushrooms in it until cooked. Season with salt and pepper and leave it aside.
Mix the flour, baking powder and cheese in a large bowl. Mix the milk and egg together and then pour it into the flour mixture. Beat it lightly with a handheld mixer.
Stir in the onions and mushrooms and mix in the ham as well.
Spoon the batter into muffin cases and bake for around 30 to 35 minutes!

Give it a go and if it turns out well do give me a shout out and I will try it again too!

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