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Who Says I'm Chicken
Maria Goretti, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, August 07, 2011
First Published: 14:36 IST(7/8/2011)
Last Updated: 11:04 IST(8/8/2011)

OK! how many of of you have been called "Chicken' or the more colloqial "Darpok"... I don't know about the rest of the world but , I have been called that by some of my friends , sometimes by my acquaintances, at various points of time and for a variety of reasons... And me being me..often rises to the bait , but mostly have smiled and stayed chicken , because felt that I would get into more trouble if I did. than stayed chicken and didn't .....

And yes sometimes I feel thank God "I'M CHICKEN" and sometimes I really wish I could just do what I felt like without thinking...

As much as I like to be "L'il Ms Dare-devil"...think what I do is actually sometimes take the more difficult way out..

It is more difficult to not go with the flow than actually just swim with the tide...This world of ours is filled with really different people and we all do meet a large part of the world at least once.. I mean our paths do cross one another even it it is for a fleeting nano second at least ...

On the road, in a theatre, at an airport, at a park, in a restaurant ,jogging, eating, swimming, trekking.... Gosh the possibilities are limitless...

As for me I have met innumerable people in my life , also because my job profile was to meet people And it was a fantastic learning experience..because like we all are aware, no two people are ever really like.. We may appear to be alike ..and sometimes we are put in boxes ,depending on where we come from, the colour of our skin , our religion, our blood group or then our star sign... And that's whats makes this world of ours so interesting ..

Some times we connect with people we meet , some times we just can't stand the person on sight, sometimes its love or lust, some just put a wide naughty smile on your face, some people make us laugh, and then some piss us off, some people stay on the fringes,some no matter how much you like, all you do is fight, some you let in...some you have to let go off...

When I look back in retrospect, I also wonder "WHAT IF"...How many of the friends I have in my life would actually be part of my life if we did not meet the way we did ...And like Hrithik's character in "Zindagi nahi milega dobaara" say's when he has had a wee bit extra wine, " I think its all written in the stars"...

MARIAFrankly....... (Wine sometimes makes you say really .philosophical stuff or then gets you in a whole lot of trouble )....

I do completely believe in that theory...I do...Everything is written in the Stars... Who we meet, who we become friends with, who we go out with , who we break up with,who breaks our heart, whose heart we break, who makes us mad, who makes us sad, who makes our heart beat like its going to rip apart, who puts that unstoppable smile on our face, who makes us cross to the other side when we see them , who we sometimes hide from, who you call, who calls you, who returns your calls , whose call and sms's you wait for, who sends you flowers, who sends you songs, who brings magic, who destroys your peace who makes you feel like you don't want this day/night to ever end, who stops you in your tracks,who takes your breath away, who will always stay in your heart, who you will stay connected to no matter what the circumstances, who you will fight for , who you cant fight with,who forgives you , who you will forgive, who you cant stay upset with, who drives you crazy, who you will grieve for, who you will run after, who you will avoid, who robs your sleep, who puts you to sleep....hmmmmm

Well I believe its all written in the stars and so we should live and let life be lived...
Letting the adventure unfold..And like my friend Amit says, "In life always go straight and take the right turns"

Being an impulsive person by nature, I have many times been in a place where all I wanna do is jump into the unknown....

And sometimes feel I'm completely FREAKIN CHICKEN....

And wish I could actually jump into the deep blue and just dive into whatever awaits me Because beneath the turbulent surface is a calm that's magical.. But how many of us can actually get through....

I was watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Dumbledore says, "Words are an inexhaustible source of Magic"
AND IT JUST STAYED WITH ME....

Is it because of what we say to one another ,that determines our paths...

I mostly put my foot in my mouth...
I mostly never hold back from what I have to say because of what I'm feeling..(I would like
like to keep quiet though, but my heart never ever listens to my really smart and patient brain ...damn)
So does that make me" cool" or "chicken'
I also know fully well as those words have left my lips, that I should have "Shut Up"....
Sometimes I have called someone knowing fully well ,this is a very bad idea, but still went through with it ...

And with this thought I wanted to make , "Buffalo wings"... Yes ..yes.. I know buffalo"s don't have wings... And this dish is made with chicken...Poor Chicken.......

So here for you today..

Spicy buffalo wings

3 dozen chicken wing pieces (one wing makes 2 pieces - the "flat" and the "drum")
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tsp salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons Mummy's East-Indian Bottle Masala
4 tbsp butter

Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees
Well take the wings and add the oil to it and the flour , and shake it all together so that the wings are well coated.. Then spread it on a double foil and bake it for 20 minutes on either side... While the wings are getting baked...

I was thinking of the past ..
As a kid , my cousin Linus and all of us were hanging on the terrace of my aunts house, fortunately it was just one level , and we got into an argument about , girls being chicken and guys have more guts..and it lead to lets see if you can jump from here down...Very very foolish.. but just to prove that 'Girls can do as well or better" , before anyone could say Jack Robinson , I leaped down into the plants below... Well I looked at him smug as a bug ,with leaves in my hair and dirt on my hands and knees, only to be given a tight slap by my mum...She was so upset and mad all together...BUT...I was not chicken ...

Then again I have jumped into my Granma's well in front of her house,because I was bored and my mum and aunt's came and sat around, asking me to come out, because there were water snakes, and if any of them came anywhere near me , I would drown in fright..Well I was blissfully unaware of the slimy creatures...Then as much as I'm frightened of the deep blue sea, I love deep sea diving, its magical and given a chance I will do it again...
It was not easy at all, because I'm not a big sea person, but it was just too inviting and irresistible ...I have bungee jumped twice in my life and Hopefully will sky dive very very soon...

Well back to my Buffalo wing's
On a low flame combine the rest of the ingredients, and bring to a boil so that the masala's are not left raw... But be very careful that it does not burn... Switch the flame off When the wings are done in the oven.. Empty the cooked wings into the big pan filled with sauce and very quickly on a medium flame , toss it around for just 5 minutes...So that its really well coated...At this point i also add honey..it just adds the right amount of sweetness to the craziness of the spice...I don't have a measurement, I just pour till I think its enough...

Serve it really hot....
This is really quick and easy and gets swiped leaving everyone teary eyed...So if you want to tone the spicy content please feel free...So here's presenting, "So who says I'm Chicken"...Smokin hot, saucy and spicy , only from "Maria's Kitchen "

So should we jump into the unknown , or just stay in the confines of our comfort zone.... Well life has taught me that there are no guarantees , whether you stay in the sun or dive into the cool blue sea... And frankly just live life on your terms, it does not really matter who thinks you are chicken or not.. What matters is that you when you leap, leap into a space that makes you happy, that fills your heart with so much love and happiness, that you don't feel the need to eat or sleep and puts a smile on your face that UN-WIPE ABLE...

It may or may not be a forever but think that time will be the happiest and you will not have to ever say 'WHAT IF''........

From HT Brunch, August, 7

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