It was a glorious day. The morning mist had cleared and the sun shone brightly through the thick trees making the placid lake shimmer. Birds twittered melodiously, fawn skipped around and rabbits sniffed the scent laden air. The world was perfect just as god had intended it to be.
Inspite of being the ultimate masterpiece of god’s magnificent creation, Eve wasn’t happy. She studied her reflection closely in the lake and worried that some of her beauty was gone. Her face had lost its radiance and she spied some fine lines and wrinkles near her eyes, brown spots on her cheeks and even some sticky chip chip. Her hair had five problems and no solution. Her skin tone was uneven with her exposed parts a nutty brown and the rest of it a creamy golden. Eve liked uneven colors only on a zebra. Her underarms were dark and her cheeks burnt with embarrassment at the thought that Adam might have noticed them when she raised her hands to get an apple on a high branch the other day. She would have lived with all of this if only her wardrobe was a bit more interesting. But she used the same leaves everyday and she was as bored of them as the trees in autumn.
Eve was scared that Adam would loose interest in her. True, there were no other women around, but what if god put Adam to sleep once again and fashioned one more woman out of his remaining ribs? Especially since god wasn’t very happy with Eve at the moment. He was still sulking about the raucous party that hell had thrown after the forbidden fruit fiasco.
The thought of loosing Adam to an as yet unborn woman gnawed at her soul so much that she decided to take hard and fast action. She sent Adam away to the far side of the forest to fetch some exotic berries. He was reluctant to go because he preferred fishing to foraging. Lazy mutt, sometimes she wondered why she bothered at all. Anyway, Eve shed a few tears and he hurried away just as she knew he would. As soon as he was out of sight, she set to work.
The first step was to revive the romance in her marriage along with her lost glow. She made a mud pack out of the mud from the Ponds near her and applied it on her face and neck. The mud was rich in intelligent pro cell complex and immediately regenerated the dead cells on her skin making her look 10 years younger. Her spots visibly reduced, lines smoothened out and her skin turned 7 shades fairer. Flushed pink with her success (and with all the scrubbing involved in removing the Ponds pack), she proceeded to her hair.
Eve’s hair played a very important role in her fond memories with Adam. In the aftermath of eating the forbidden fruit, while Adam and Eve were seeing each other in a completely different light, Eve’s beautiful locks mesmerized Adam more than anything else. She remembered how she used her curls to fashion a moustache for Adam. After every argument, they used to tie their hair together to signal a truce and strengthen their bond. Eve wanted to put an end to the hair breakage, dullness and split ends so she could continue her hair games with Adam. She garniered some fruitis and crushed them into a paste. She hoped that this paste rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, pro keratin, pro v and the rest of it would be the all in one solution she was seeking to all her hair problems. And her wish was granted! Her hair turned long and strong; she had volume, shine and bounce. Yes, she used up some of the berries that Adam had saved for snacking on later but she didn’t feel bad about it because she was worth it!
Eve splashed some licorice extracts, pure aloe vera and witch hazel onto her armpits and cocoa butter on the rest of her body.
It was time to create her new line of clothes. She decided to start with a piece that was understated yet vibrant, chic yet traditional. As her inspiration was nature, she decided the main fabric would be tree leaves with a few flowers and fruits to adorn them. She toyed with the structure of the garment and experimented with proportions till she had it exactly the way she had envisioned. It had the back cut out, side slits and a flattering silhouette and the color made the brown of her eyes pop.
Pleased with everything so far, she took a bath in the warm springs. She braided flowers into her hair, dabbed honey onto her lips, rubbed juice from crushed rose petals onto her cheeks and slipped into her new dress. She murmured a word of thanks to god for providing her with all the Forest Essentials required to make things beautiful.
Feeling like the most beautiful woman in the world, she waited for Adam to return.
And there he was, huffing and puffing, bag of berries in hand and looking, well, tired. Excited, Eve chirped her welcome, paraded back and forth and asked Adam if he noticed anything different. It took a moment for the question to register, and when it did, Adam took a couple of steps back as if he had been threatened. He looked exactly like a bunny caught in a trap.
Did you redo the cave – again, he gulped. He looked as lost as he did that day when he failed to notice the new grass mat and stone bench cushions.
NO, you wouldn’t notice anything about the cave even if there was a herd of elephants in it. I was asking about me. What do you think?
Adam looked closely. Your tummy looks kind of round. One look at Eve’s face and he knew that wasn’t the right answer. No wait. Yours cheeks are red. Did you eat the poisonous berries again? Um, no? Um…I don’t quite get it. What is it?
Eve couldn’t believe it. How could Adam not notice her radiant face, her luscious hair, the smell on her skin and the little bursts of colour she had thoughtfully added to her look. Angry and hurt, she retreated into their cave yelling that he was not the intelligent human he claimed to be but just some kind of an improvement on the uncouth apes.
Taking this as the cue for a headache and no night time action, Adam went to the lake to fish.
Eve cried herself to sleep wishing she had a woman in her life who would paint her nails and plait her hair.
Fishing rod in hand and loneliness in heart, Adam wished he had another man in his life with whom he could fish and drink root beer in silence.
There was a recipe for fish balls I posted a long time back. I wondered if this recipe for fish balls in soy sauce would be mistaken for a repetition. But that’s not possible, not unless you are the kind of person who doesn’t know the difference between Midnight Blue and Prussian Blue, kind of like Adam. 🙂
Recipe adapted from vanitha most probably.
It was a glorious day. The morning mist had cleared and the sun shone brightly through the thick trees making the placid lake shimmer. Birds twittered melodiously, fawn skipped around and rabbits sniffed the scent laden air. The world was perfect just as god had intended it to be.<br />
Inspite of being the ultimate masterpiece of god’s magnificent creation, Eve wasn’t happy. She studied her reflection closely in the lake and worried that some of her beauty was gone. Her face had lost its radiance and she spied some fine lines and wrinkles near her eyes, brown spots on her cheeks and even some sticky chip chip. Her hair had five problems and no solution. Her skin tone was uneven with her exposed parts a nutty brown and the rest of it a creamy golden. Eve liked uneven colors only on a zebra. Her underarms were dark and her cheeks burnt with embarrassment at the thought that Adam might have noticed them when she raised her hands to get an apple on a high branch the other day. She would have l
For the Fish Balls:
For the Soy Sauce
- To make the fish balls, heat oil in a pan. Saute onion, ginger and green chili till fragrant. Mix in cooked fish and mashed potato. Take off heat and let the mixture cool down. Add egg yolk and mix well with fingers. Shape into small balls the size of a lime. Coat with lightly beaten egg white, followed by a dip in bread crumbs. Let the balls firm up in the fridge for half an hour.
- Heat oil in a pan to deep fry on a medium flame. Drop in the fish balls and fry till golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and keep aside.
- For the soy sauce, heat oil in a pan. Add onion, ginger and garlic and saute till onion turns translucent. Add chili powder and saute on a low flame for one more minute. Add fish stock and bring to boil. Add soy sauce. Meanwhile, make a paste of cornflour and water and mix in with the sauce. Boil and add fish balls. Let it cook for five minutes.
- Serve hot.
~You can make fish stock with the bones and head of the fish.
~You can toast bread to make bread crumbs. Or else use slightly stale bread. I used panko.