My first home-grown tomato | Taking a Blogging Break

Almost by reflex, the first thing I tend to do the moment I jump out of bed is go check on my plants. Even before I brush or bring in the newspaper and milk. Those are my first few moments of calm before the day hurls itself at me–before the rest of the family is up, the staff walks in, emails rush into my mailbox, and routine steals me away from myself. My little window garden never fails to cheer me up with a new bud here, a leaf there. Or just the way the sun’s rays fall on the bougainvillea. I love how my flowers brighten up the frame of my vision against the grey backdrop of the street below. Those are the moments when a new story idea strikes, a new flavor combination pops up in my head or when a sudden flash solves a particularly perplexing problem after weeks of trial.

A few weeks ago, I harvested my first home-grown tomato. Remember this post with pictures of when the plant had just started to flower? It was like childbirth. I exaggerate, yes. But when I snipped off the stem and held that baby tomato in my hands, I was reminded of Avanee’s birth. Look at it–sweet, round and cherubic–you can’t blame me!

And here are some of the chilies (the regular ones; not the cherry chilies I had mentioned in the last post–looks like I didn’t have the right seeds.)

And with that, I have another announcement to make. I am taking a (very) brief break from blogging. All for a good reason–I’ll be back with a surprise, I promise. Until then, be good and look through the archives!

Comments (10)

  1. Anonymous March 19, 2012 at 5:43 am

    Awww!!! That is such a cutie!!! 🙂 Congratulations! I am sure there shall be many more in future but since this was the first it will be special!

    And I will miss you a lot! 🙁 Hugs! Don't be away for long. I can't wait to know the surprise…my mind is comming up with all kinds of possibilities.

    – Priti

  2. Harini March 19, 2012 at 6:13 am

    I feel so privileged right now, and you know why!!:D

  3. Anonymous March 19, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    congrats on your pregnancy:)

  4. Aarthi March 19, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    congrats dear…take care

  5. Saee Koranne-Khandekar March 19, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Uh oh! No, no, I'm not pregnant! But keep guessing!

  6. Anonymous March 21, 2012 at 9:56 am

    So if not pregnant you are coming out with a cookbook? congrats

    – the anonymous who started the pregnant comment!!!

  7. Meghana March 22, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Hey Saee,

    I wish to grow them as well, do let me know how to go about it.


  8. Saee Koranne-Khandekar March 23, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Meghana, you can get seeds from any nursery or make your own. The next time you cut open a tomato, scoop out the seeds and dry them under shade. Store and use as needed. Plant them in good soil and when they sprout shoots, keep just 3-4 of them per pot so that the plant gets enough space to grow.

  9. Bookworm March 26, 2012 at 2:27 am

    Is it that simple??? wow…. will try this for sure 🙂

  10. Radhika Oltikar March 28, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Saee! Came here through rather a circuitous route. Saw your comment on Akshay Masurekar's FB page, realised that, like me, you're ex-cacti, and happened to check out your blog. I have just one word for it: lovely! Will definitely return :).

    P.S.: You might just have inspired me to finally put off procrastinating my plan of introducing new fare into my family's meals 🙂

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