Always taken aback by the magnanimity of food and its myriad forms, I wonder what it possibly must have been like, ages back without this kind of evolution in the world of gastronomy. Coming to think of it, what did the man first struggle for during stone age, food! He hunted the wild, discovered the vasts and eventually and gradually the process was nourished.
Today it’s an amazement the way we are so much about the food we eat;also about the food we cook. I am a firm believer when it comes to people saying that you actually transmit your emotions and your energy into your food, so a meal cooked with smile puts a fit of happiness on the table. Cooked with love, served with more 🙂
Right from the process of picking up ingredients from the grocery store or buying vegetables and fruits from the regular vendor, it involves you as well as your inside because that is when you actually look forward to having fun in the kitchen. However I have seen people who like to have it ready on the slab, vegetables cut, dough kneaded, lentils boiled and all they wanna do is the main spicing up and tempering or making the bread! To each one is his own, but I personally love the entire process, that gives me so much pleasure to find out the things I really need, hand pick them and run a tab in my mind as to what exactly I would be making of it. 🙂 I’m sure many will equally agree to this one! once done with your cooking, setting the table, serving it and relishing the smile each face has, such a reassurance!
How little do we realise what part does food play but more often than not we have our best memories over food, giggles of loved ones, gossiping around, experiencing the flavours and some will never leave your palate, you just know how it tasted!! Remember the aam ka aachar your Dadi Maa made (I bet you haven’t forgotten the taste of it, look you’re slurping 😀 ). Or how you look forward to meeting your so & so aunt who bakes that gooey chocolaty Walnut brownie 😉 makes you crave right now! and a zillion such memoirs are stored in our hearts for it is the bond you created with food and over food.
I have come to believe that food is the manifestation of life itself in a huge way and a happy one. Food is nutured by all your senses, smell, touch, sight, taste and noise (I know when the blender sounds on a hot evening, it’s Mom making me Cold Coffee ;)). Though not for everyone does the world revolve around food, but i know a lot of them who are always in awe of it, either they’re in love with the idea of cooking or eating or just knowing stories and histories about Food. For me, yes it does revolve a lot around food and i know you’ve only read this piece till the last because you connect the same! 😀
Happy Cooking 🙂