From the Department of What-Not-To-Do

Some people are destined for greatness. And then theres the rest of us, shining examples of what-not-to-do. My experiments with beauty, glamor and other elusive feminine attributes continue unabated. Gentlemen, avert your eyes. I may hold forth on topics unsuitable for your untried ears (or eyes, in this case)

I have been dressing up and going to work for the whole of last week. Feel the fatigue in my spirit. Of course, I don't go to work undressed. But, gentle reader, note that I am a lab rat, of the species Geekus Supremus. If I had to choose between spending time with a muscle, a neuron and epidermis, I would pick muscle. Any day. Any time. Never-the-less, the epidermis is what the world sees first. And therefore, it is often important to package self suitably and deliver self to work.

Interminable loads of laundry were done. My spirit cringed, weighed down by domestic chores as I ironed my 'formal clothes'. Got the hair situation under control. Even wore foundation. And then, drat it all, it rained. %$#@! I went to work looking vaguely mottled. Perhaps speckled. Sigh.

Needed something that would serve as a balm to my wounded soul. Lavender Tea Bread. Ah, the sight of billowing curtains and the lovely bread... I'm beginning to recover already!

Bought this lavender plant at the public market. It is wonderfully fragrant. Followed the original recipe quite closely. Substituted 1/2 cup plain flour with 1/2 cup amaranth flour. Also topped it with a lemon glaze. The lavender flavor is not cloying and paired up quite nice with lemon. While whole wheat flour would not work, amaranth held its own. All in all, its a delicate, girly bread. Quite dainty. I'm hoping some of that will rub off on me. Ha.


Arundati Rao said...

geekus supremus!! rofl!! and the lavender bread looks so tempting!!

Shyam said...

heheh... i TOTALLY empathise! :D

Vcuisine said...

Nice write up Smita and the bread is looking great. Viji

Nupur said...

I can identify with that...I routinely show up at work looking like something the cat dragged in.
Your lavender tea bread looks fantastic. It even has that much-prized split down the middle of the loaf! I've never had the nerve to cook/ bake with lavender :)

Asha said...

Smita, Lavender Tea Bread!!! WHOA!!!:))
I love Tea, what a great recipe girl, thank you so much.Looks fabulous.

Sharmi said...

what a lovely looking bread. very nice.

bee said...

ok, you're inspiring me to do something with the lavender in my front yard. if whole wheat flour won't work, have you tried whole wheat pastry flour?

the bread looks scrumptious.

Laavanya said...

Lavender is supposed to have calming abilities...am sure that this lovely bread would've soothed your 'speckled soul' :) Nice write-up.

Manasi said...

geekus supremus.LOL!!!
I can readily identify with what u say! I look an oddball when I step into the office, the others look like they spend a couple of hours in front of the mirror before they leave home! how??
Lavender Bread!! Wow!! that's NEW to me!! looks perfect!

bhags said...

I think u are not alone out there.....i ride my bike to work, 15 km one way thru sweltering sun and polluted air...so u can guess how wud anyone look after that...:)

Your lavender bread looks beautiful just like you

evolvingtastes said...

Loved your story, and several others on your blog too are rather interesting too.

Mythili said...

The lavender tea bread is awesome :) What a nice read :)

Geekus Supremus =))


JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

This is one of the funniest, wittiest posts I have read in a long time! I am gonna be enjoying your blog I can tell!

Welcome to The Foodie Blogroll!

Mallika said...

It's sooo hard to be glamorous all the time. My first time here and I love the way you write.

ServesYouRight said...

Thank you all for stopping by and chatting :-) So good to know that I am not alone, fighting the dark forces of hair gel and Estee Lauder!