A very happy 2011...I guess is in order? :) :)
I can't help..absolutely can't help but reflect on how quickly the years go by. And it wasn't thaaat long ago when new years seemed well paced. I remembered events and non events making the space between two consequitive years. Now..they seem on top of each other. Years whizz by and it is only on the first of each year do we see-- for real-- the years that are passing as by.
We are going faster and faster and faster...and yet we are going the same way to the same place in the same direction. I ask you guys today..can we pause for a heart beat to see and soak in the year that went by? I am a little afraid that we are missing out on a few things in our earnestness to go faster..
Did I just kill the mood for the new year..?
Fear not! This is a foodie here and with foodies around there are no mood killers. So here is what I did in my new year to pause-- even turn back time. Aha! I got your attention here...haven't I?
Tada!! I got this fantastic salt plate for my December birthday from R!
A salt plate cut from Himalayan salt slabs up in Pakistan. Pink salt plates. And the best thing is this: each plate is hand cut and hence unique. Mine has a big crack and that's just that way it is :) And it turns pink and glowing once you put it on a flame. You can use it inside the oven and also to serve. A serveware- bakeware-cookware-grillware. With no technology but just a slab of salt. And oh it acts to season your food in its own unique saltly way. And no need to wash too! the salt is an antibiotic :)
Unique salt plate that reminded me of how someone back in the days may have discovered this little mine and ended up grilling food over open flame...but for the first time on that slat plate. And you know what..that is exactly what we did. Grilled fish with raw vegetables over open flame. Time did stop and home smelled off grilled fish over salt plate that has not seen any technology. It was glorious...
The smoke and smell sealed in the memories of 2010 while welcomin in 2011...leasurely. The way I and R like it
cheers and happy new year...here is to a slow languorous one :)