Cooking is an adventure.

First things first – Why do I term cooking an “adventure”? Well, because that is what it is to me, literally! Having never ever cooked in my life before, I was suddenly put into a situation where I can either take a cooking turn or shamelessly eat the awesome stuff prepared by the other 3 in my house. After being shameless for quite sometime, I decided to give cooking a try. At this point I would like to thank my wonderful husband for his ever growing ” I COOK for you, can’t you wash vessels?”, ” I COOK for you, can’t you do the laundry?”, ” I COOK for you and all am asking is one foot massage!” which made me jump into cooking. Thanks K! πŸ˜‰
As with many, my first kitchen encounter was a disaster. Oh, if you think too salty,too spicy food implies a disaster, NO. That is not the worse that can happen, trust me.

All I had to do was make a tadka and add it to already cooked(by someone else) rice with essentials like salt/chilly/turmeric powder and cook it for some more time. Sounds simple right? But fate had other plans for me.

I start the tadka process and wait and wait for the oil to get hot, lose patience and decide to throw in the mustard et al. It promptly burns,making me remove the vessel with whatever I get in hand – paper towel was what I got. Not a good idea, as it quickly caught fire. I hastily put the vessel on the counter and get busy with putting off the fire before it sets off the alarm. Meanwhile the tadka vessel had started melting the mustard packet which was in close proximity, oops…now the mustard is going to spill all over and so I think and jump to take away the vessel,not remembering it was on stove only 15 secs back and hence red hot. Thus I ended up with burnt fingers and heavy loss of culinary confidence.

My second attempt at cooking was making “spicy tangy mushroom chettinad”. It was a flop as well. After googling for ways to reduce the tanginess(don’t ever add that tamarind paste on an approximation), couple of frantic calls later and adding spoonfuls of chilly powder and lots of water, all I ended up was with a potful of orangish thick fluid drowning the poor mushrooms.

Am I one of those who just don’t have that cooking streak in them? You know, no matter how much ever one tries, sometimes they just cannot make something. That’s when I came across the Dates recipe.

Wanna bet the outcome?? πŸ™‚

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11 thoughts on “Cooking is an adventure.

  1. Love your blog and am looking forward to more! I too started off to something like this and still do these things (thankfully though not too frequently!) I always used to say that cooking is a chore I have to get done quickly until my kids started saying “you are the best cook ever mom!” Now that put a little guilt trip on me , they were genuine in their praise though , and I decided to spend a little more time and now after nearly 17 years of marriage can whip up something decent! So don’t loose heart! You can too!

  2. Start with a dessert – milk+sugar cant go wrong. And gingerly step into veggie land. Rice – that comes last.

    ~ A self taught cook

  3. Your stuff is hilarious..could visualize it all the way..Let us know how the ‘slaughter of the dates’ went.
    My sympathies with you, Karthik..

  4. I luvd this blog…it takes me back to the days when i was a really awful cook sometime 3 years back… I hav experienced each of ur expriences one by one at diffrent circumstances :)… now i can always cook edible food n with miminum or no accidents :p…

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