"Didi, do you go for mendikur pendikur?"
That was my maid.
Of course, who waits on whom is a very debatable topic. She has been with me for a very long time and has at some point decided that she is indispensable. Worse ... that she is my guardian.
So I have to listen to her constant chatter. And constant comparision with every single lady she comes across or works for.
I have to put up with her. Why? I don't know.
Maybe am not too adventurous when it comes to judging people ... I have my scars ... so the very thought of interviewing a new one and getting used to a new person in the house gives me cold feet.
Besides, this one won't leave me.
And when I need her, she is nowhere around.
On this particualr day, I am angry. I yell at her for being late. So she is sweet talking.
"Bolo na didi ... aap ko mendikur pendikur nahi accha lagta?"
I am exasperated.
"What on earth is mendikur pendikur ?!!"
"Arey! You don't know?!! Mendikur pendikur karo toh nakhun saaf karke dete hain. Nakhun acche dikhte hain! Aur nail palish bhi laga kar dete hain!"
I look at my nakhun ... nails. They seem pretty clean to me. And 'acche' too.
And then she says .... so and so didi went to have mendikur pendikur ... keeping the kid with her. So she was late.
I had already started laughing by then. And could not stop. I knew what she was trying to tell.
Mendikur pendikur .... manicure and pedicure!!!!
So there. A new word that is already doing the rounds amongst my cousins and friends. :-)
This recipe is long overdue. I had posted a snap in this post ... but for lack of time could not post the recipe sooner.
Right after I made the Onion Cookies, I was so taken by the easy procedure that Iwanted to make some sweet cookies.
Did not give much thought and went ahead with ... horror ... my coffee cake recipe. Only this time I did not add milk and just made a dough with the egg.
And they turned out just great! I had added baking powder, so they puffed up a little and were slightly crumbly .... and the coffee gave the much loved slightly strong flavour.
For the recipe ..... just follow this. But skip the milk. I added eggs to give the necessary moisture ... but not too much. Just enough to make a dough.
For the cookies : Take medium sized balls from the dough and roll them out like a thick roti.
I used a little oil and dry flour alternately to roll out. Prick with a fork all over. Cut into small pieces with a cookie cutter or any small sized round thing ...
I used a small jam bottle cover. Preheat oven and bake at 160 degrees C.
Or check out the process here.
And so my cookie jar holds cookies now. Finally! :-)
Wish you all a very happy and enjoyable Durga Puja & Navaratri dear friends !! :-)