So, what are you cooking tonight?
Hey Readersss, from millennial to Genz and from boomers to their seniors, people across different age groups and geographical boundaries have lifted up the ladle. Everyone I knew has started cooking. Social media has gone crazy. My feed is full of pasta and pride to momos and dimsums and what not.
What does Food mean to you? Share it in the comment section below.
Lately, food has become something that is not just a fuel for our body, but a medium to connect with fellow humans. It means happiness. It means giving a bit of yourself with every dish you cook. It means comfort. From the moment we are born, we are nourished by it. It has become so important that with a mere mention of the name “food”, we are comforted.
Who else wait for the lunch breaks? I guess everybody, from a school going toddler to a manager in the company!
Food reminds us of all the happy moments shared in the dining room, office pantry and classroom. Even to this day, my mood is instantly raised when thinking of the “Rajma Chawal” my mother would make for dinner tonight.
My love story with Food has not been the same before.
I am a foodie but I’ve never been fond of cooking. The idea always appeared daunting to me. More than that, I was always skeptical when someone used to say “I have a passion for cooking”. Like seriously dude, who has a passion for that? Why would you love standing in the kitchen doing odds like cutting, chopping etc. There used to be ample questions in my mind. Why would somebody call a “responsibility”, a passion?
It’s strange when you stop and think about it, with all the years our moms have spent packing our lunches irrespective of their own health. It stuck me hard when I got transferred to Pune. Because of my job, I had to live away from my family in a different city. Getting a chance to live on your own is all fairies in the movies. But reality is far from different. Being an independent individual, the only thing that bothered me was “What will I eat now?”, “How will I cook?”, “Cooking seekh li hoti mom se”, etc etc. We all love convenience foods, but one cannot live on it on a daily basis.
As I began learning to feed myself safely, I also gained a skill set I did not even know existed. My mom was super proud of me. Moreover, when I got married, these learnings from the past helped me a lot. Cooking really became thereupatic for me. I started to see the connection between my food and how I felt much more clearly. I would really appreciate my mom-in-law in this process who taught me everything. Her cooking skills are the best, I must say.
Also, I won’t deny appreciating the lockdown, as it has helped me discover my hidden talent. Juggling between 9-5 job, I had no time to do any household activities. Due to this quarantine, people like me who had never cooked before, were cooking much more than ever because they were at home, and had the time to explore new recipes.
Now, my love story with Food has changed. It’s not just about eating; it’s about experiencing the art of cooking. At present, I can proudly disown my “fresher in the kitchen” badge, since I’ve been cooking a lot these days.
What I learnt?
- Try out new recipes
- Learn from your mistakes
- Be fearless and ask for guidance
- And most importantly, have fun
Guys, I’m too thrilled to show you some of the best dishes I have cooked. Here you go!