Shh! Don’t fix it for him.
Response to What Book Scared The Shit Out Of You?:
Not a book, but a short story: The Lottery by Shirley Jackson.
There may be an accent, but most Indians speak better English than I speak Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu, Bengali, etc., of which I speak exactly not a word, so there’s that. When I have trouble understanding someone, I politely ask them to repeat their question or explanation slowly, and also, if they seem to be having trouble with my accent, I slow it down and enunciate a little more clearly. After all, the goal is to communicate and understand.
Response to What Foods Do You Always Have In Your Kitchen?:
Aromatics and seasonings: salt and pepper
basic mirepoix: fresh onions or shallots, fresh garlic, carrots, celery, fresh parsley and dried bay leaf
fresh and dried basils (different flavours)
smoked and sweet paprikas
fresh ginger root
lemons, limes and oranges
fresh hot peppers like jalapeno
chili powder and cayenne pepper
fennel seeds, star anise, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, cardamon pods
fresh rosemary, tarragon
dashi, roasted nori Staples: brown rice, chick peas, kidney or pinto beans, puy lentils, split peas
buckwheat soba noodles, bean flour vermicelli, linguini
whole almonds and pecans, pine nuts
sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds
rolled oats and whole oat groats, quinoa, millet, spelt groats
liquid honey, pure grade C maple syrup, demerara sugar, molasses
extra virgin olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil
all-purpose unbleached white flour and whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, yeast
balsamic and pickling vinegar Dairy: eggs, plain fat-free yoghurt, cream, butter
tofu Vegetables: Variety of leafy greens for steaming such as chard, spinach, collards, guy lam, broccoli
Fresh greens and sprouts for salads
bell peppers, avocado, fresh tomatoes.
roasting vegetables like beets, yams, zucchini, aubergine, winter squashes, potatoes, fresh fennel or cauliflower
mushrooms, artichoke hearts
frozen corn and peas
frozen or tinned roasted pumpkin (unsweetened) for thickening soups Fruits: Mainly apples, but it depends on what’s in season, supplemented with frozen blueberries and strawberries and lots of dried fruits like raisins, dates and apricots Meat, fish, poultry: sea bream or sea bass
tinned clams (if fresh are unavailable)
boneless, skinless chicken thighs
steak of beef, moose or caribou
frozen bones for soup stock
Response to Was America Swayed By Last Night’s Debates?:
LOL. “400-lb. single men sitting on their beds in their mommies’ basements.”
A better question would be, when did that ever stop them?