Monday, January 28, 2013

From Chef To Cook


Diary Entry – 50


When I was left to fend for myself in the past, I usually went to the nearest restaurant which offered the cheapest food. Hygiene did not concern me because I had a gut of steel. You could say I never starved in India like how I starved in the country I am in now.

In September 2012, I found myself in this country where the food is outrageously expensive. I decided to have a Domino’s pizza which used to cost me a few hundred rupees back home in India. The bill I got here however reminded me of the time I had food in a Taj hotel.

Since a pizza itself had become so expensive, I started eating cereal and sandwiches three times a day. Needless to say, I missed my mother greatly who was now five thousand miles away. She had kept me fed for most of my life. It was during this desperate time, that I strongly considered the option of marriage. When my friends asked me why I wanted to get married, I said, “To Stay Alive.” My married classmate told me I needed a maid with benefits and not wife. Turns out his wife can’t cook and if he didn’t know how to cook, they would have had to starve together.

See, cooking is not easy for me. When I was a kid, there was only one place in the world that I was afraid of and that was the kitchen. There were so many sharp things that can cut you among other things that could create a possible gas explosion. I still think the stove is going to explode when I enter the kitchen.
Since I had to learn to cook somehow, I decided to hang out with the so called cooking experts from India. These expert cooks impressed me by claiming to be able to make Lemon Rice. But I wasn’t truly impressed till I saw them in action. They made lemon rice in just two steps:

1. Make Rice Using The Microwave.
2. Take “Lemon Rice Mix” and mix it with rice. Lemon Rice ready!

They gave Maggi noodles a run for its money. So much for learning from the experts. I however gained considerable courage in using the stove and I was able to make fried eggs. If you go to a restaurant there is big distinction between a chef and a cook. Someone who can cook is a cook. Someone who can create a new menu however, is called a chef. It is like the difference between a worker who lays bricks and an architect. Usually people go from being a cook to being a chef. I however did things the other way round. It might have been because of my aspiration to be the best that I thought following recipes were just a waste of time. I started making dishes that I don’t wish to name here. When my own personal safety became a cause for concern, I started using recipes.

I have seen considerable success as a cook. Every time I cook now, tears roll down my face and I ask myself “Did I just make this?” I spend more time taking pictures of what I made these days. I know a few women who used to gloat because they made fried rice or biryani. It was back in the old days when those kind of things used to impress me because I couldn’t do it myself. Now, I send them pictures of the stuff I make and I get a weird form of evil pleasure from it. I am no longer in a hurry to get married. If I did give out personal marriage ads, it would have changed from " seeking a girl adept in cooking" to " seeking a girl who doesn't mind cutting the vegetables and doing the dishes."

P.S - Someone insisted that I add that I still cannot make Dosas with the perfect shape. So that goes here in the P.S.

Everything in the pictures in this post was made and consumed by The Narcissist


 
















 





 

26 Comments for this post:

  1. Woah! These look scrumptious! After reading you post, I think its safe to say that you have come a looong long way, my friend! Way to go :)
    Maybe you can start your own recipe posts too and 'help' others in need ;)

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    1. Lol if I made my own recipes, it will have the power to make people very sick. If I post recipes, my blog might get banned for a public health hazard. I can cook but I still have a long way to go before I start creating my very own recipes. :D

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  2. Ooh.. I would totally hit on you if my mom wasn't the bestest cook in the world! :P

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    1. haha. The day will come when you have to step into the wilderness. You better spend time in the kitchen, when you still can.

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  3. woah... i smhow seem to agree with anisha ..lolz ;)

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  4. hey Brother your dishes look yummy!... I see we got some similarity in this regard... i too keep experimenting with this art and end up with consuming it all by myself at times :))
    BTW I much appreciate your tips for insomnia :))

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  5. Hi TN,

    Wow, that's a lovely recipe which you cooked and consumed yourself. :) :) :)
    I agree, the microwave is still a tad easier to handle, things become difficult when something needs to be cooked on the stove.
    Loved reading this account :) Following you now :)

    Regards

    Jay
    My Entry to Indiblogger Get Published

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    1. Thanks Jay. All the best for your blog entry getting published.

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  6. So when are you opening your own restaurant? :P

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    1. I dont see how people will pay to eat what I make Aqsa :D

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  7. The dishes created by you look so yum! I think in no time you can master this field. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your lovely comment...

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    1. Lol I can never be like you. I like pictures of food and yours has a lot of that.

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  8. oh that must be extremely pleasing to taste ..

    i remember when i was in Johannesburg all alone, i knew i cannot survive on food in restaurants for too long mainly for 1 reason .. it was way too expensive ..

    so i decided to learn cooking from other indian friends in joburg .. and now it's been 3 years, i have a family now and my family loves to eat what i cook !

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    1. Haha dude, when I am with family I pretend to not know a carrot from a potato. Nothing beats the joy of having food served on your plate without you breaking a sweat.

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  9. good to see that you made the food yourself but next time have it with somebody and not consume it by yourself :P nice post my friend :)

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    1. Yeah these days I have dinner with my Dutch friend. Some how when i cook for other people, it turns out a lot worse.

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  10. Hi TN,

    Lovely looking dish, you've got my stomach grumbling & rumbling :) :) :)

    I remember those days when Maggi used to be my staple diet. I had even achieved a certain mastery of preparing Maggi in the best possible manner and especially loved the juice which it contained.

    This was a good read, brought back memories and got me hungry as well. Off to get a bite :p :p :p

    Regards

    Jay
    My Blog | My Entry to Indiblogger Get Published

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    1. LOL dude this is the second comment you are giving in the same post of mine. I cant believe you dont remember reading it the first time around. Oh well, hope you get to have maggi again. :D I voted for your entry for get published.

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    2. Hunger knows no boundary and limits. Here's my third one as well.
      I think you have gravitational force attached to your post, I just keep coming back again and again, regardless of whether I've been here before or not.

      Keep tantalizing the tastebuds with your delicious recipes, looking forward to the next hat-trick of comments at your blog. :p :p :p

      btw I recently got the opportunity to eat a hot steaming bowl of Maggi noodles, after a really long time. I hope it doesn't become a staple diet for me, lolss

      Regards.

      Jay

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    3. Lol Jay you must have an awful lot of time in your hands :D :D

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  11. Necessity is the mother of invention...

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  12. Reminds me of this :D

    http://tambrahmrage.tumblr.com/post/4978901818/it-isnt-until-he-goes-to-the-us-for-his-ms-that#disqus_thread

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