Thursday, February 08, 2007

My alone time


I haven't found time lately to blog, inspite of having a lot to say...like always!!! Reasons being...I have temporarily taken up another role at office and have been very caught up with work. Another thing I have not found enough time to do is cook....put food on the table!!! As crazy it might seem, I actually feel guilty when I don't cook a meal for a couple of days....the guilt might be due to a variety of reasons - eating 'oh so unhealthy food' from outside so often(family of mine - are you listening??!) and of course not being that perfect person who is responsible for preparing the daily meal!! The funny thing is when I was unemployed for a few months and spent a lot of time in the kitchen, I would feel guilty about not being at work, earning my own living and so own. It's really difficult getting the right balance of home and work and when it doesn't happen the feeling of 'not being good enough' sets in. At the same time, I have to salute all those women in the past - our mums and grandmums who have achieved this balance so well. Atleast nowadays we have things that make it easier for us - grinders, blenders, ready mixes and what not. Also the men in our lives feel the need to assist and will always oblige to a cry of help from the kitchen....sometimes you might have to cry extra loud, but it works!! I doubt it was as easy in the past.....and yet we(well atleast I) find it difficult. While on the subject on cooking, I really enjoy the time I spend in the kitchen...it's my alone time. I never considered myself very creative. Lefties are supposedly very creative by nature and I was an exception!!! I couldn't draw, paint and was never very good at even origamy(remember those books?! I collected the nice colour paper we would get with it!!). But ever since I started cooking, the little bit of creativity is being put to use. Today Zac and I experimented with making dosas and the joy when we got one right!!! My husband is always a guinea pig for the various dishes I try....but he has always been very appreciative and he says it is because he was deprived of good food as he was in England! Indian food is very easy, everything usually has the same 3 or 4 masalas and you can't go wrong...why even Shilpa Shetty cooked a chicken curry on TV for the first time... and apparently it rules!!! The only thing I have problems with are the names of things...the multiple words from various languages that are used confuse me....I mean can someone(I nominate Shweta) tell me the names of the different dals with the hindi, english and if possible the tamil names? Now that I've got that out of my system...here are few of my favourite foods : Fish n chips
Beef fry
A good home made chicken curry
Dosas
My mum's homemade biriyani...very diff from the restaurant types
Subway cookies...chocolate in any form (wait does that qualify as food)
Sticky date pudding
Death by chocolate...back to the C word!
I think I should stop thinking of all this food....the gym calls!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

pulster, a blog entry on food always v.good...now chicken curry dosas'? how do u make those? anyway u shd try dosas with beef fry and maggi tomato ketchup..yup it has to be maggi im afraid..my all time fave!! ive just learnt to make rasam..its easy peesy!!
toor daal..thuvaram parappu! thats the only one i know

Shweta said...

Sorry Pulster, didn't see this one for a while. Also I'm afraid my tamil and for that matter my english doesn't seem to go far enough to help you out here :(
Moong dal (green/black/yellow)
Chana dal (Yellow gram split)
Urad dal - lentils [black/ white (washed)]
Good entry though. There is much truth in what you say and I am glad I am not alone :)

Renie said...

How come I never got any of these Dosas? Let's have a dosa+mutton curry+beer sunday!

Wolfsong said...

hey...I see you haven't written in ages! well, I salute you for being more of a genius in the kitchen than I am! Do you know that I once made sambar without dal in it? I had no idea how to make sambar but thought I'd figure it out. It took me a while to realise what the missing ingredient was. I must say that my cooking got much better because what I lack in order and following recipes, I make up in creativity! Of course, the only one who will actually eat what I make is me.
My favourite food:
1) Always the C word
2) The beef fry at Kalpaka
3) The cabonara pasta at Bella Ciao
4) Market place bowl at Zyng (with tofu!)
5) Podi dosa
6) The hidden hyderabadi biryani at Kabul
7) The hash brown omelette at Mocha
8) Korean beef at Sparky's
man, I'm such a pig. And I could still go on!

Wolfsong said...

hey, I've tagged you on my blog which means you need to write a post with 10 things about yourself. Don't ask. It's some stupid blog thing apparently.