Karthi became famous @ Intersections Inc.,
I am really very very happy today to get lot of complements and appreciations from my office colleagues.
Today we had a Potluck Baby Shower for one of our colleagues.
For those who don't know what is Potluck - it is a people gathering where each one in that group share food which they made or bought. Its a kind of get-together where people have the food prepared by their group members instead of ordering from outside... But those who cant make it can contribute by buying from outside
Few days back I got a meeting invitation saying that its a surprise potluck baby shower. I asked the person who invited us for the baby shower - do I need to prepare anything for the potluck? She replied, its not mandatory as you are staying in a hotel alone as a bachelor and we don't expect from a boy to cook food.
I asked, can I prepare sweet and bring? For that she replied, if you don't want to take the risk, you can buy something ready made from the shop like fruits, juices, desserts etc.
I wanted to make it a surprise (in the back of my mind I was thinking, let me make Kesari as my share)
The day has come and I pinged her, I have brought my share for the Potluck, where & when to keep it. She said bring it to Red Wood room (a conference room) at 11AM.
Before the clock struck 11, I reheated it in the microwave, went and kept at the room and silently returned. It's 11.45, I thought people would have gathered by now, let me peek into the room. The cake cutting ceremony was already over. My sweet was also kept as part of the servings, but it was closed (I doubted whether people really noticed it)
I went inside and started to serve myself with the different food prepared & neatly arranged. All were awesome but I was not able to eat more as it was already full. They have kept Salads, Couscous (Upma kind of thing), poori, chic peas masala (channa masala), bel puri, fruits, some non-veg stuffs, juices and my kesari too
People started eating all, but no one came near my kesari
Don't they like sweet here??? Oops its a dessert right, only after eating all and at the end only they will come for the dessert right.. Ok, let me wait.
Suddenly I heard a person saying, Karthik, did you buy this?
(thinking in my mind - Is it not good?)
I replied, nope I prepared it at 3AM today
She: What 3AM? Is it a ready made mix?
She: Have you really done this from the scratch??
Me: Yes, I did it with Sooji & Sugar.
She: Wow... I really love this Halwa...
Me: He he he, its not Halwa, we call it as Kesari.
She: Is it, we used to call this as Halwa.
Me: Not, its preparation is different.
She: Whatever be the name, its awesome. Guys please taste this one, Karthik prepared by himself @ 3AM and its awesome.
I heard people murmuring...
Now everyone finished their main course and its dessert time... They came and tasted my kesari and said, unbelievable, did you make it? Wow...
I was very happy and smiling...
Everything set & done, now its packing time.. One colleague said, don't touch that Halwa..
I was thinking what??? Why??
She said, its only for us, we will take it home. Pack whatever you want, except the Halwa..
I hear people saying "Where is my Kesari" / "Where is my Halwa".. I want a packet, I want a packet (they were packing the stuffs in a zip locker)
To tell the truth, they were quiet while taking the other stuffs, but fighting for my Kesari...
I said don't worry I will prepare it once again, if you guys like it.
Without giving a break, one girl replied, "please don't offer that, then you will be in a trouble, we will keep asking you. By the way you are invited for all the potlucks henceforth and we are going to conduct it now and then and everytime you prepare this kesari"
My God, are they making fun of me or really they like it?? (I was thinking)
I heard a sound, "Hey you didn't pack me the kesari, I want it". Then I realized, they really liked my Kesari and they started asking me the recipe.
They asked me, how did this color came? For that one girl replied, we need to add kesari powder.. I was laughing.. I said, don't laugh at me, I didn't had Kesari powder here, so I added a pinch of Turmeric powder...
What??????? Turmeric powder??? Really?? Amazing yaar, we didn't even get the smell or taste of it? When you added it, this that and the conversation went on...
Now I am feeling really very very happy that I also contributed something for the potluck and the most funny thing is everyone liked it a lot...Few words from the person who had her Baby Shower
"A lot of good things coming out of it too, like knowing that everyone in the team is a great cook! Karthik with his delicious dessert even when he prepared it in a hotel room, and even Steve with his awesome salad! "My special thanks to Bhuvana & Meera and all who gave the tips to make it yummy...