And this one’s a soul stirrer!
Morning, to all those who frequent this little space. Is the sun shining at yours? It’s scorching at mine but I don’t see why I should not have pancakes. Do you?
After a series of makeovers and mental workouts, it’s time to kick back, take it easy, keep calm and have pancakes. In an idealistic situation, mulberry pancakes.
So, who all like me believe in the fact that good food acts as a relaxant for the mind and soul (if not body and I am talking about 6 kilos overweight). From buying ingredients to washing, cutting and grinding, from the crisp sound of cutting through a fresh capsicum to the happy clanking of the ladles, from seeing how different ingredients with their individualistic taste acts in harmony to bring about a flavor that smells like none of the ingredients that has gone into making it to tasting it and take a deep breath just to say that its come out fantastic. I enjoy food. I find solace in it. It soothes my soul and I like when I share this soul soothing treats with people I love and they make happy faces.
If there is anything (note: thing) I love unconditionally, it is food. I love cooking for people I like, I hate cooking for people I don’t like, I DISLIKE when someone simply walks in my kitchen and touches things I have put in order, unless I really like that person, I like to show my love by the efforts I have put in my cooking, I eat when I am depressed, I eat when I am happy- I revolve around food, I kid you not. Best part is even the person I love most in the world enjoys food and is serious about it, although he doesn’t enjoy sweet treats.
One more thing that I am very tempted to talk about here is, how women unnecessarily increase the difficulty level of this matter by simply binding a simple recipe/kitchen task to a set of must follow rules or “you wont be able to do it”s that discourages a lot of people to try it out. Most of my friends don’t cook simply because they think its difficult and on occasions that they volunteered to help in the kitchen they have been shooed away telling that “its difficult. You won’t be able to do it”. I dont blame them. That’s how it is always portrayed. What people don’t understand is, as long as they don’t try, how will they learn? Actually I also get a lot of funny answers. Sometimes when I really like a dish, I tend to ask its maker the recipe. Surprisingly, most of them begin with the line, “It’s a little difficult actually…”. BOLLOCKS. Honestly I think the only reason why chef’s don’t share their recipes is because they are insecure that everyone might be able to cook. Makes sense?
I’ll agree that that it’s not all that easy and to cook you must have a knack for cooking and a bit of common sense (or chemistry and physics will do); throw in a couple of hand-me-down cooking genes if you have that is. But that’s pretty much what you need to be a good cook really. The least you need to be a good cook are culinary rules and “you cant” prohibitions. No woman, no rules 🙂 You are not making a step-up transformer. Plus there is always room for innovations. You might just burn something and come with a dish that tastes smoked and extraordinary. There is always so much room for individualism and experimentation. Someone, somewhere must have taken the risk to go beyond rules that we have some of the best tasting dishes today. In fact some of the best things I have tasted were born out of sheer failures n experimentation. Why, we have our brownies topping the list? Don’t we? So, here’s the drift: Cooking is not difficult. And like Gusto said, everyone can cook.
I can talk so much, can’t I? Regardless I’d love to share a slice of happiness with you: ladies interested in a tea party, here in India? I really like all of you.
Just in case you’d want to have a taste of this at yours, here’s the recipe
1 cup all purpose flour
A pinch of baking powder
2tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup mulberries
Mix up everything in a bowl except the mulberries. Add them later or you might just have purple pancakes which is not bad either
In a flat non stick girdle, ladle a spoonful and cook both sides golden
Serve warm with honey and mulberries