New page: Inspirational cooking
I have a tab by the name inspirational cooking for a long time but now I have made the page active and this post is to defend why I call my cooking inspirational.
If you have been a reader of my blog , you know that I am inspired a ton when it comes to cooking. I love to take an idea from anyone and then make it my own i.e. run with it.Although after running and combining many ideas it invariably is totally different from the original. However long story short, this type of cooking is Inspirational where I am inspired from others.
As a kid I have always loved watching all the cooking shows my Mum watched. I mimicked most of the chefs while my Mum cooked and gave me a few dishes and veggies to play with. I was most thrilled to say “If Yan can cook, so can you” and as time progressed many cooks inspired the food lover in me. Growing up I have liked the cooking of so many great chefs both Indian and others like Madhur Jaffrey, Jiggs Kalra, Sanjeev Kapoor and international like Julia Child, Martin Yan,Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver,Gordon Ramsay and now Giada De Laurenttis, Barefoot contessa and Rachel Allen.
However one cook definitely deserves her own space i.e. my Mum.
She is the single most important person who taught me all about food and especially how to love it. Her biggest advice to me is to, “Keep food simple and taste it as you cook!!”
I think these wise words make sense to me now that I am managing a very busy ,time (and labor) intensive PhD life. I cannot agonize over a million of ingredients in a recipe and then distress about interweaving them for hours together. But there is one thing that I have mastered over the years and that is “Substitution” If I don’t have a pricey or exotic ingredient, I just substitute it with something that captures the essence and the texture. This may not come easily for novice cooks but I promise once you get hands dirty in the kitchen your minds does it for you. I did not learn it overnight, immediately after my marriage when I was caught in such situations,I would give my Mum a call in the middle of the night (She lives on the other side of the globe) and she’ll list down the best possible substitutions to make the dish taste the same ,without sacrificing on the final product.
I am mainly a vegetarian but love to eat seafood and chicken occasionally. Shrimps/Prawns are my favoritest ( I know that is not a word) thing in the world. The Healthy Diary has opened up a whole new world for me and I love to see people with different food habits document their life. From high plant-raw lifestyle to vegan bloggers, I am inspired by them all and whenever I come across a recipe that can be adapted into my lifestyle, I make it and include in my repertoire of recipes. Now they will all be updated on this page.
So what are we waiting for, lets get Inspired ,Cooking and Eating!!!!