Parenthood & A Plum Tart

9 Jul

Just the other day, when my hubby and I were in a middle of a baseless argument about some chores and who should do them, we heard a squeaky little voice ordering us to, ” STOP!!, guys!! Stop it. Don’t shout!!  Shush. Quiet please”

We looked around to see her standing with her tiny hands on her hips and a solemn expression. We smiled at her and proceeded to continue our bickering.

” Guys!! Stop it. Don’t shout!!!” , she nearly shouted at us and didn’t let us continue with our verbal duel. Her assertive ‘stop it’ made us end that argument for good. Next, all I remember is pampering her and tickling her till she was shouting, please stop, please stop, again. Both my hubby and I completely forgot what we were haggling about.

This little, massively cute, being has completely changed our lives. I think our happiness quotient has inched a new notches higher only because of her. But to all that is amazing in our life, I find it more and more difficult, most times, to reach out to my husband. Since both of us work, we have less and less time for ourselves, to find some time to do our thing. Our life clearly revolves around Mimi and Mimi-stuff. All our plans are about the activities that Mimi would like to do or Mimi would enjoy.  The choice of TV shows, movies and weekend outings are all about what Mimi would like to do. Funnily enough even all the conversation is about Mimi and how she went about her day, her school, her friends, her paintings, her bike, her singing, etc. When my parents call or my hubby’s parents call, all they want to know is how Mimi’s doing. So Mimi -mania is far and wide. I put one photograph of Mimi on facebook and there are about 70 odd likes and comments against it in a matter of 3o minutes. It is fun alright and it is so much fun that the rest of the world can blur in the background. With the world, it seems like my partner of 7 years also blurs and I am sure the same happens to him too.

I cannot recall a time where we have a had a carefree, romantic time for ourselves. We did go to London on our own and that was a good opportunity to find ourselves again. But the purpose was different ( read, job search) so we also packed tension and stress in our suitcases to London, along with our clothes. I complain to him about this disconnect that we suffer from sometimes, and he brushes my cares away stating I am only imagining them. I retort back stating he is being lazy and doesn’t want to put in that extra effort.  He is known to simplifying things in life while I am the one who loves complications. So in the lieu of such personality traits, I have no choice but to agree to what he says. After all simplicity is a more preferred trait.

I gave it a lot of thought and tried to even imagine this as the next step in the evolutionary process of Parenting.  Maybe this is how it is supposed to be. I recall my parents always doing stuff for my brother and me. I hardly remember them doing anything that they liked doing. I really need to read up on some parenting literature online that rubbishes this theory of evolution wherein partners only connect with each other through their offspring. But if this theory is true and if these are how things would be from now on, then I should really start making efforts to adapt to this new ‘way of life’. I am sure I am going to find it really hard to settle into this new order of things because I always resist change and it irks me no end to see my hubby happily cozy-ing into this system without batting an eyelid.

I am certain that adapting to this next step in this Parenting evolutionary process is going to be very, very hard but I found out that adapting a recipe for a Frangipane Tart from Masterchef Australia wasn’t that tough. Despite my earlier reservations about:

1. The recipe was as Masterchef Australia recipe which meant it would have multiple steps to do first and then it would all culminate into this classy baked treat

2. It would be time-consuming and would need lots of ingredients

3. I can’t do it because the end result would be far from being spectacular and I think I not that skilled as a baker

I kept procrastinating and finally decided to give it a go. I also made a carrot cake ( post coming up soon) just so that if the tart bombed then atleast I would have a carrot cake as a safe bet to count on and feed people as dessert.

I would really like the pictures to do all the talking and simply end this post by saying, this Almond and Plum Frangipane Tart was beyond delicious. Originally a Fig and Pistachio Crumble Tart, I had to change the ingredients because fresh figs weren’t available in the market. The supermarket shelves were teeming with ripe, plump, and juicy plums and those seemed like the most obvious choice for this tart and safest bet with plums could only be almonds. All photos in this post were clicked by @namit93 (Namit Bhatia) including the styling etc. I think he did a fantastic job.

This tart is as rustic as it is elegant. Wondering if it would be alright to describe this as a one that exudes rustic elegance?  This is my second attempt at trying out a Masterchef recipe. The first being this Black Forest cake I made for my anniversary, which was equally enticing. This tart shall go down in my repertoire as the one which shall be prepared on days when I have to impress guests.

Now just as this tart that initially seemed so intimidating turned out quite easy to tackle, I wish to be able to handle new pressures of  parenthood that seem so daunting right now. While doing that, I also wish and hope to rekindle a new kind of equation with my husband.

Are you listening, hubby dear?

I am sending this plum tart to Priya Kumar’s – Best Tart Event posted here (http://priyaskitchendiary.blogspot.in/2012/08/best-tart-event-announcement-and.html

 

14 Responses to “Parenthood & A Plum Tart”

  1. Plateful July 10, 2012 at 1:00 am #

    That’s one thing about parenthood, everything revolved around your kids, sigh. And especially when they are this young. Hugs!

  2. Buls July 10, 2012 at 6:07 am #

    I think you should go against the evolutionary trend… why should you end up doing things the way “society” does?

  3. Radhika Patel July 10, 2012 at 6:15 am #

    Anu tari post hu regularly read karu chu. Mari mom mane atyar thi kahe che ke bachu avya pachi husband-wife na relations change thai jay che and I should learn to keep balance between my husband & baby :)))

  4. Gayathri Ramadas July 10, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    That is one well-written post and stunner of a recipe! I ve always been and still am afraid of venturing into pastry crust making. But this seems to have boosted me and would definitely try it out soon! It’s so adorable of Mimi to do that and probably you should also look at her as the “X element” in your guys’ equation ! Doesn’t she bring a whole of zing into the whole thing? Stil very much a novice in this but that’s what I gather from not just this post but across ! :)

  5. Meenakshi July 10, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    What a lovely reflective post! You know, I thought that our life as a couple would completely die after Raghav came along, but I find that things are more fun now with him around. Granted, we cannot make spur-of-the-moment plans, but yes, when we get to see our kids grow and evolve like Mimi, it is worth it. Your photographs are getting more and more beautiful! I did not know frangipani would be used as a flavouring. I like the ‘slicesnaps’ column too!!

  6. yummychunklet July 11, 2012 at 4:21 am #

    Could your photos be anymore appetizing and gorgeous???

  7. TheWhiteRamekins July 11, 2012 at 4:51 am #

    this tart looks so beautiful….I’m waiting for the carrot cake recipe

  8. Ameena July 11, 2012 at 6:46 am #

    Love your insights here…and love the ability of our kids to say what’s on their mind. Which is sometimes exactly what we need to hear!

  9. Cass @foodmyfriend July 12, 2012 at 3:12 am #

    Such a beautiful lesson for everyone to learn Anita. Your tart looks so pretty :) I love it!

  10. eat, little bird July 12, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    What a lovely and thought-provoking post. I think changes in a relationship are inevitable once kids arrive on the scene and I would hope that my husband and I continue to make efforts for each other once we welcome kids into our world. Easier said than done but I have seen relationships suffer because both parents have only ever focused on their children, letting their own connection slip away. But what works differs from couple to couple. At least you have a lovely little girl to pull you both together :-)

    And well done for attempting a MasterChef recipe! I have tried a few with great success, but others have just been intimidating!

  11. marie July 12, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    Oh kids, yes, life does revolve around them. The interesting thing though is while I am getting older I realize my kids won’t always be with me, there will be a time in the not so distant future when it will just be the two of us again. I look forward to it but dread it at the same time.

    Beautiful, beautiful tart.

  12. Amit July 13, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    can you repeat the question?

  13. monikamanchanda July 13, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    how gorgeous does that look and I understand what u feel… we keep going thru the same in our relation :)

  14. Christina July 30, 2012 at 3:10 am #

    Mmmm…this tart looks incredible! :)

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