To all those who've had the (mis)fortune of having to make your own Sehri (or cook for others) during Ramadan, what's the quickest you have had to whip up something because you didn't wake up in time? To those who have had someone do their cooking all their lives, what's the quickest you've had to gobble down everything because you woke up only a few minutes before sunrise?
The inspiration for these questions came to me yesterday when I broke all of my own records. Here is the step by step analysis of my record setting Sehri:
1. Woke up about 10-11 minutes before sunrise
2. Looked at the watch, and ran into the kitchen (I know these are two steps but they were really in one fluid motion. Can't seperate the two).
3. Lit up the stove under the frying pan on full flame.
4. Took out an egg and a frozen paratha from the refrigerater.
5. Drowned a glass of milk as I waited for the pan to heat up.
6. Put the paratha on the pan and started "willing it" to cook faster.
Minutes 3 - 4:
7. Drowned a glass of water.
8. Kept on "willing" the paratha. It still took the 3 minutes it is supposed to.
9. Put the paratha off the frying pan and poured about a tablespoon of olive oil in its place.
10. Wait about 10 - 15 seconds for the oill to heat up a bit.
11. Crack the egg and pour it in for frying.
12. Wait for the under-side of the egg to cook (about 10-15 seconds) and then flip it over.
13. Wait another 10-15 seconds for the (new) under-side to cook.
14. Put the egg in the plate with the paratha.
Minute 7 - 10:
15. Consume the iron chef-style cooked cuisine at a leisurely pace along with a few glasses of water.
16. Drink the second glass of milk.
Thank you... thank you very much. Please, no need to stand up to applaud. You can do it while seated.