I have now been waiting for the electrician for more than 8 hours. “Something whatever whatever, Madam”. Nevermind.
Why the electrician again?
On Monday afternoon when the cook came, I decided to stop the dryer since the kitchen had become a sauna. The exhaust of the dryer blows back the heat inside the house, more precisely inside the kitchen, which renders it pretty inhospitable. So, as a courtesy to the lady, I switched it off. And saw this:
Not good. This outlet was installed after we moved in, because the previous one didn’t have enough capacity for this type of appliance (don’t ask me any more details, I don’t know). Therefore this is a brand new outlet, installed by professionals for this unique purpose. But poof. Why didn’t it trip instead of burning? I don’t know. Surprised? No.
After our cook left, I thought it would be a good idea to finish drying the towels. I tried to unplug the cord. And saw this:
However, today, while waiting for the Award Winning Master Electrician that works in our complex (no no, I am not kidding, this guy has won awards. What for? I don’t know, but I have a few suggestions to make!), I learned to make chai, the famous Indian tea. Our cook showed me again yesterday, since my first attempt at replicated her instructions about a month ago resulted in brown tasteless milky tea. Yesterday, I took pictures, which she thought was hilarious, and this afternoon, I nailed it!
Put ¾ cup water in a saucepan and heat until you start seeing baby bubbles.
Add 1 ½ tsp black loose tea.
Start boiling. Yes, boil. Don’t do it the British way. BOIL THE TEA!
Add 4 green cardamom pods that you smush in a mortar just enough to open the pods. Don’t make a puree of it.
And 1 inch ginger that you also smush, but not together with the cardamom.
Boil until you get a nice dark brown color.
Add ¾ cup milk, and sugar to taste. It’s better to add the sugar now than in your cup at the end.
Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 5 minutes. You will have a skin on the milk.
Strain and slurp. I really mean slurp, it taste much better this way!
It’s now time to go on a hunt for a fire extinguisher.