9 PM. Everyone is gathered around the dining room table: J, M, B, E, O, KW, and KE. There are no leftovers from the meal, and everyone is onto the pie and freshly made granola bars. One of them would not have envisioned this a few hours ago.
Earlier in the day…
3 PM. The pulp of the butternut squash is not blending. The recipe says the pie filling should be smooth. This filling might best be described as… awkward. Mash mash mash. Pound pound pound. No luck. Maybe eggs will soften it up. It helps a little. Condensed milk becomes the other workhorse. Giddyup.
4:30 PM. Despite help from Ruchira, something looks off about the sabudana. It looks nothing like the picture in the book. Ah, yes. Let’s see if it’s there. Sure enough, it’s there: the blog chronicles both the problem and a solution. The solution is taken.
5:30 PM. The previous items were first attempts. The sambar should provide no trouble. Where’s the tamarind? You mean the tamarind that was finished just before leaving for India? Yes, that one. Hmm… try the store. In the meantime, make the eggplant curry.
6 PM. The store doesn’t have tamarind. Will anyone notice the difference between tamarind and tomato? I guess we’ll find out.
7 PM. This could be a disaster. There needs to be a backup dish. Yoghurt. Mint chutney. Mix the two. Done.
He snaps out of his flashback when J asks, “Have you named your bike?”
“Why doesn’t everyone suggest a name,” he responds, “and I’ll choose one of them.”
Ideas are tossed out: baddy, batmobile, black carrot. Black carrot wins hands down.