Similarly sexual violence is very common in India, more so in Delhi. The location of the latest attack, the charter buses, everything is so familiar to me having been in JNU for half a decade. I would never go out of my campus after dark. Delhi never made me feel safe. Never. After all these years and after living in the States for the better part of the decade, I now know the difference. The probability of becoming a victim in Delhi is far higher than any of the other cities in the developed world. India cannot ensure the safety of half its citizens and wants to think of herself as an emerging giant? what rubbish.
All these episodes and the fact that my own Sunny boy thinks that 'Amma can fix everything for me' chilled my bones. I needed something to warm up my bones as well as my heart. This Broccoli soup tried to do that. It was hard but an effort in the right direction for I confess I am a die hard foodie.
Broccoli (florets and steam and all) 1 lb
Butter 1 tbsp
Potatoes 1 diced
Garlic 1 clove
Onion 1 small diced
Bay leaf 1
Nutmeg a dash
Milk 2 cups
Black pepper and salt to taste
- Trim and wash the broccoli. Discard the tough ends and the fibrous skin on the stem. Dice and set it aside.
- Heat the butter in a soup pot. Once the butter starts to brown on the edges, throw in the garlic. Saute for a few seconds.
- Once the garlic is golden in colour, throw in the onions and saute till they are brown at the edges.
- Throw in the potatoes. Saute till they are golden brown in colour.
- Throw in the broccoli and saute till the broccoli bits brown a bit and reduce heat.
- Throw in about a cup and water and cook the vegetables are very tender.
- Once the vegetables are fork tender, puree the mixture in a blender and return it the the soup pot.
- Stir in the milk, adjust salt and pepper and simmer till nice and thick. Serve it with a choice of bread and some cheese.