“Wow, Auntie Sammy has outdone herself” … the lilting voiced Leela seemed to say.
Well, what now?
“Andy she has written for Nostalgia”
“So what I have written for the magazine Back To The Future”
“You idiot, she has written about the adventure she and your mom had, they tried to bake a cake.”
“So what lot of people do?”
“Well they did it illegally”
“what do you mean” Andy had visions of his mom and aunt breaking into the neighbourhood grocery store to steal the ingredients.
“Grandma had not given them permission.. You Savvy?”
“the prognosis was they could not sit for the next week.”
“OOH! We learn from history, I bet we can bake a cake and auntie would be clueless.”
Andy was sceptic but he did not want to pass up a chance to impress the lilting voiced Leela, out came the laptop, the template for baking a cake. After a lengthy debate, and quick look at the ingredients available the kids settled for eggless, vanilla cake.
“You need Maida, Lee and not roti-wallah flour”
“You mean they are different, ”
“of course, “Andy could see the appreciation in Lee’s eyes, with his superior knowledge being recognized they zipped through the cake baking quite quickly.
Sifting the flour with baking powder, adding in the butter and sugar.
Three drops of vanilla.
Milk and vinegar and they prestige hand mixer helped to bring it to a smooth paste.
The idli tray was greased and the batter poured in, and mixture was baked at 175degrees for half an hour, while cake baked, the other kids got chips, and coke and the impromptu party took place. Andy never felt more thrilled.
You know those days when you have had unexpected joys bestowed on you like an cool party at home, and the Lilting voice Lee batting her eye at you, one does feel blessed and one can also anticipate the dull ache on the Butt from distant memories, without wanting to trigger a what with the handbag from mom, Andy started the cleaning procedure,
he brought in extra flour to replace the used flour, vanilla essence didn’t matter, baking powder mom would not notice, sugar replenished from the main stock, butter again mom would not notice as she does not eat butter, vinegar went right back to its place. Hand mixer washed and its slot on the wall.
Plates washed and returned to its places, the chips packets and cola cans right into the trash…Andy congratulated himself on his foresight for he actually took the dry trash to the main bin so awkward questions would not be asked.
Vacuuming the living rooms and tidying the books, after all a gang of half a dozen of teenagers does get rowdy.
Done and dusted,
With a besotted smile Andy snuggled into his bed, he knew that Lee was sufficiently impressed, in his dream she had decided to go out with him, “Not because you bake like a dream, but you were ingenious enough to fool your mom.”
Yup his mother was a star at the mom’s college though she did not dole out the standard stuff, she didn’t need a good stare did it all.
Just as he was about to present Lilting voice Leela the rose, “Whack”
He wondered if the chair hit him when he knelt to give the rose, but when opened his eyes, it was his mom, nostrils flaring, deep breathing,
“Where is the cake?”
“Cake what cake!!”
“the one that you baked here,”
“How did you know” he stammered, he didn’t even consider stout denial, there was something about lean mom brandishing a handbag that the truth would blurt out as if having a power of its own,
The stare just continued,
“No, go on”
“Snitch Sheila…No…well I give up”
He had to know, so he tried again,”I think mom, it only fair that you prove that I did it,”
“well” sighed his mom, “You confessed on the first whack, but the too clean a kitchen and hall, and lingering fragrance of Vanilla, they were the clues my son, You should have opened the window the smell would have diluted.”
Well with a super-sleuth for a mom, it’s done and dusted it is done and busted!!