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An ode to Cooking

May 21, 2010

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This post is now featured on Brazen Careerist here.

This post is a shift from my usual posts on recipes and Indian cooking. Read on to know more… I’m sure you’ll relate.

THE DAY STARTS WITH A FEELING OF FATIGUE

Even though I’ve had my share of 8 hours of sleep, why does it feel like I’ve just slept for 3? I feel like I have so much to do today, but I’m bored to do them. I force myself out of bed, manage to feed myself breakfast and reluctantly get on with the chores of the day. Before I know it, it’s lunch time. The memory of my mother serving me fresh hot lunch is awakened in my groggy mind. I miss home. Nostalgia and memories of home make me well up.

I get myself to the kitchen and manage to assemble a veggie sandwich. I spread some Coriander chutney on both slices of whole wheat bread, layer some sliced tomatoes and cucumber, sprinkle some Chaat masala and lastly, carefully pile in a little shredded cheese I have leftover from last week’s taco party.

After relishing the sandwich, I remember I’m supposed to make dinner today. I’m so lethargic! I have no interest in cooking. I know I’ll do a bad job. I remind myself I’ve eaten out twice this week already and I force myself to start making Aloo Gobi as planned for the day.

AND THEN, SOMETHING MAGICAL HAPPENS!

The sight of my chopping board, knife (my trusty knife!) and potato peeler, neatly arranged on my kitchen counter, awaken something in me that’s been asleep since last night. I look at my spice rack (lovingly) and am reminded of what I honestly love to do so very much. I’m really excited! I begin to salivate at the prospect of inhaling the spicy aromas that are about to fill up my kitchen. I want this to be the best Aloo Gobi I’ve ever made. Ideas on how to improve the last version crowd my mind. As I move systematically through each step of preparing the dish, I feel like this is what today is all about. This is my reason for waking up this morning.

Oh Cooking – I Love you! You make my day…

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. May 22, 2010 3:42 am

    never thought you’d hear yourself say that, did you????

  2. May 22, 2010 4:32 pm

    I think we all run into a case of the kitchen blahs every once in awhile…I’ve certainly hit it a bit this week, myself. But then, I’ll be talking with a friend, and food comes up and then my mind is off and away thinking about something I want to cook. Glad you came up with something to inspire you in the kitchen!

    • May 23, 2010 12:34 pm

      I SO know what you mean! Just a conversation with a fellow foodie sparks the cooking ideas and I can’t wait to try it out in the kitchen 🙂

  3. May 23, 2010 6:14 am

    🙂 I know how you feel. I love the aroma and magic of cooking, too.

    • May 23, 2010 12:27 pm

      Isn’t it the best? I feel so alive when I cook – even when I’m ill and feeling under the weather. Thanks for stopping by Maninas! Hope to see you here again.

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