I haven’t been posting for awhile. Awhile meaning more than a week is long for me. I’ve had things on my mind, my kids have been ill, nothing too heavy, thank heavens, but I tended to it and it kept me away. Then I got ill, nothing heavy too, some strange virus that kept me in bed for a weekend. I couldn’t move, eat or anything, just slept and ached my every muscle in between. I don’t know what that was but it was stopped when they called me to work. I have to go to work when the state calls me. So I got up and went to work.
I’m no secret agent in fight for justice with secret tasks and dark suits and stuff, if you thought so. But certanly as serious and responsible as that. I’m a primary school teacher. So the first grade classroom full of kids was waiting for their substitute teacher so I forgot I was aching my every muscle and immediately drove to a willage nearby.
I thought I wouldn’t be teaching anymore. I said I won’t teach anymore. I had it bad, so I said, no more for me. When the state unemployment office called I could have said, I’m sick, I’m in whatever reason to decline, but I didn’t. Because then they would not call me anymore and the unemployment rent check, as humble as it is, would stop coming. Maybe I could have gone with the “I’m sick” excuse, but I didn’t have that luxury. Because lots of people in my country are unemployed and would so like to be called like that. Because I’m not in luxury to decline offer to work. Any work.
Because when I entered into that classroom, I remembered that I AM a teacher.
The sun was shining brightly through the large windows and birds were singing swiftly and softly as the kids that gathered around me and overwhelmed me sweetly with their little voices and hundreds of questions and little feet hopping and dancing and little hands showing me their kingdom with pride.
In a swift minute I remembered all that I knew about first grade teachings, methods, games, letters and songs. Children drew me into their bright and vibrant world again, and again I was a part of it with all my heart, soul, body and mind and the colourfull carousel of first grade made me completely forget why I said I won’t teach anymore, people who made me feel that way, grown up people who made me feel ill with school that way, they all vanished into thin air. I forgot I was aching ill in bed the night before, I forgot my ache from few years ago when I said to myself, I’m not a teacher anymore.
I am a teacher, felt I, and let myself be one again.
For a short time, anyway, but still, I remembered. And that was a good thing. And good excuse for not posting for awhile.
Being busy at school made me more busy at home because stay at home mom likes to have everything in her schedule according to her kids. Cooking, errands, time with my family. And some more cooking. When it comes to blogging, I like to cook everything by noon, when the light is the most beautiful, and take pictures of piping hot meals by sunny windows. And you can’t always have that if you have to work outside of the house.
This is one of the meals I cooked one busy morning, while tending to my kids and planning the school work and ironing my crisp white shirts I like to wear for school. It’s a fairly simple, hearthy pot of healthy ingredients that gives you warmth and confidence for the day ahead of you. Good old potatoes, tomatoes and some coconut milk enriched with handful of spices and herbs give you just that.
Ladies and gentleman, I give you potato curry, or aloo, as they call it in India, or pottage, as it could be called in UK, or ćušpajz ili varivo, as my Grandma would certanly say.
Potatoe curry (Aloo)
adapted from Yummy Tummy blog
800 g potatoes, cut to 1 inch cubes
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp garam masala
2 cloves garlic finely chopped
1 tsp minced ginger
2 bay leaves
2 cups canned tomatoes with juice or tomato juice
1 cup coconut milk
seasonings to taste
some water if needed
Heat some oil in the pot you’re going to cook in. Add slices of onion and cook till it’s translucent. Add cumin, garam masala, chopped garlic, minced ginger and bay leaves and stir shortly. Add tomatoes and potatoes and cook till the potatoes are tender. If needed, add some water. Then pour the coconut milk and cook for till the liquid evaporates a bit and leaves you with nice, cooked potatoes are coated in beautiful sauce. Garnish with some fresh herbs and love and serve to your loved ones.
Don’t forget to pin this dish for later!