1. There are striking clear colours (the yellow mustard, the red peppers, and the white bread) and there are muted colours (the green olives, the purple corned beef).

2. To remember how grateful I am for a well-timed coincidence that happened many years ago.

3. The uncooked rice coated with all the different seeds and spices. There is pleasant resistance and a quiet grating sound as I push it around and around in the pan. The storm of bubbles and hissing when I add the water is shockingly loud and violent in comparison.