Phase 1
We had a part time cook at home.. he would come in the morning, make lunch, and dinner and scoot by 4ish… and then came a day when his attitude got the better of him..had a tiff with granpa and huffed & puffed away screaming wat nots…!!
Phase II
This is when gramma and me got stuck with cooking..Now, i am not complaining, but there are days when i wanna scream..
Am open to experimenting a bit with cooking.. so, wanna try out new stuff..But gramma and others at home are so used to same old same old Sambar/vetha kuzhambu/Vendiya kuzhambu/Avial/Poruchakuzhambu whatever that it bugs me….

Granpa seems to relish our cooking more than that of the cook, but i dont know why they are all stuck in a box

-with more kuzhambu, my mom used to make keerai
-when you make avial,there should be sambar or rasam to eat it with
-there should be some veggie in the sambar….
and some more!!!! …………………………. 

I get in the mood to make Lime rice and some veggie curry, but gramma is like ” no, not really, i thought we’ll make sambar and chow chow koottu or some curry”.. and that is when i get a bit pissed off… !!! i dont wanna cook… but i do, cos i know gramma aint upto it these days.. she has her puja to finish [which takes like 2-3hrs ]…
And they have these rules on what can be made on what days…. certain days- no greens, certain other days- only sambar and on special days- payasam is a must!!! hmfph… i’ll never get the hang of this!!! 🙂
Again am not complaining for the cooking part, but what we cook…. !!!

Phase III 
Mostly happens at dinners, when all at home are more than happy to let me make something interesting.. they like it, actually they love it…. and i enjoy cooking it ….:)
But yesterday was a rare exception, when i got to alter the menu and make Peas Pulao and a veg side dish using pumpkin gravy — it was yummilicious [ not just my words, but that of all at home- gramma, granpa and uncle]
Today was a not so great day.. cos i ended up having to make that sambar and brinjal curry[ i dont like this veggie, esp since it gets all gooey and wierd with seeds bulging out..lolz]… anyways, i did make the lunch, tho it dint turn out so great and gramma was like ” innikku Aaarti standard varala [ its not upto Aaarti’s std today!!]
Wonder whats in store tomorrow!!! Need to go veggie shopping in the morning 🙂