How does it feel to be a person who knows everything? Or is there such a person at all?
I was preparing okra stir fry (hailing from South India, we stir fry almost all vegetables 😊) a few days ago and took a trip down memory lane – to the first time I stir fried okra. I was in my teens, wanted to impress my parents and started making okra stir fry just like I had seen my mum make it. Everything was going smoothly until I added salt to the stir fry. There were two types of salt on the shelf – rock salt and table/powdered salt. I chose rock salt. The okra was already cooked and was quite dry when I added the rock salt. I waited for the salt to liquefy and nothing happened. I covered the stir fry with a lid so it could steam still, the crystals remained. I knew adding water to okra would make it slimy, so I didn’t do that. My parents came home and I showed the stir fry to mum. Mum explained that I had to use table salt in this case. Hmm…lesson learnt but I felt disappointed that I didn’t know how to make this dish. I thought I didn’t know anything.
From there to now, I can stir fry okra beautifully and cook quite a few dishes.
I was thinking of the teenage okra cook and came up with a few messages to my younger self. I would like to tell her that she will learn a lot of things in this life time and will accomplish quite a few things. I would tell her not to be disappointed and the knowledge that she requires to lead a wonderful life will be provided to her continuously. There is never a “know it all” situation. It’s always take one step and the next step will be shown. I would tell her to be brave and trust that the infinite wisdom of this Universe will guide her not just with cooking okra but with everything else that she will experience. I would tell her that she will be fine and that I love her.