Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Growing Shorter In Height !

A very disturbing thing happened this past week . I found I am shorter in height by an inch ! How did this happen ? I still have not fully understood the "how" of it but I have understood the why part of it. Let me start from the very beginning. I had been very happy when I had matched my father in height and was even happier when I had overtaken him in height (He is around 5'2"). Suddenly I noticed I had stopped growing taller and I measured my height using the same tape I had always used and voila ...I was 5'8" tall. I had hoped to be a six footer but 5'8"was still respectable and I was happy with it. So from that point on when anyone asked me ...I replied that I was 5'8". Till suddenly one day when joining up at a gym, I was asked for my height and weight by one of the trainers. I gave the standard answers I was now so used to giving ...But of course they wanted to double check. They check my height and say 170 cm, that's 5'7" . I am shocked ! I had remembered the 170 cm part of it. But previously somehow I had calculated the conversion to feet as 5'8". I had to find out. Go check the web and realize my fate is sealed . Most online conversion sites say the same things ... 170cm = 5'7" ! So here I am shorter in height by an inch ...And this is even before I have reached my thirties ..... Well before my sixties and seventies where curvature of the spine due to age begins !
I am still trying to reconcile myself to the fact that I will grow shorter in the future ....

Friday, April 08, 2005

Chakka Velaichathu - my favourite food

I have tried a variety of different desserts and foods from different cuisines but Chakka Velaichathu from Puthupally Kerala rates the highest in my mind. This is the naaden equivalent of Tirunelveli Halwa but made from Chakka phazham mixed with jaggery and some flour base on a slow wood fire with repeated stirring with a wooden thavi. The final product after a labourof love of a couple of hours of stirring has to be covered and allowed to slowly cool. The color and consistency at the end is a dark brown and a bit thicker than Thirunelveli halwa(my second most favourite halwa). When refrigerated for a while it gets harder and can be pretty tough. Not for someone with bad teeth or easily dislodged dentures.

Chakka Velaichathu can be eaten as dessert or a snack by itself or combined with Puttu for breakfast or as a filling within special adas for a tea time snack. The only warning note for the uninitiated is that indulging in this in large quantities could result in severe gastric distress. Like tasting fine wine, one should imbibe just a little bit of it at a time and stop eating before you feel sick.

Chakka - Jackfruit
Velaichathu - Pureed ? Somebody Help Me Please