Monday, May 10, 2010
DAY 1:EUREKA THIS IS IT
I actually have loved food all my life, sometimes i feel that in my past life i must have been born in a country that had no food , because frankly I'm eternally hungry and my near and dear ones will vouch for that.
My granny on my dads side was an utterly awesome cook and i still can smell the aromas from her kitchen if i close my eyes and my gran on my mums side was a darling in the kitchen , and her fish curry rice is something that i would love to have just one more time, unfortunately I never learned any cooking from them because I was just not interested in the whole cooking process but very focused on the eating process, so much so that my mom actually thought I had worms because I ate a lot but never put on any weight, so yes have had all the worm medicines possible, anyway to cut to the chase, about 4 years ago i was again pregnant with my little Zene and frankly had nothing much to do or anywhere to go and so spent my time watching Travel and Living and BBC Food, and started writing down recipe's and trying them out, so while i expanded during my pregnancy not nearly reaching a beached whale size, i started experimenting in the kitchen , fortunately i was travelling with Arshad for the shooting of Goal and were living in those lovely St.James apartments and so had plenty of time to shop in great weather and cook for the cast and crew that came over pretty often, in the beginning I used to not be quite sure if they really loved the food or were just being nice, but pretty soon , they came very often and really looked forward to a tasty meal so i realised that somewhere somehow both my granny's , granma Agnes and granma Rosemary were sprinkling their magic dust on me...
And my Mum Joanna, GOD! I love the food she makes, at the moment she is on holiday in Dallas , so i call her and make her tell me what to do next if i get stuck, she is like a Speedy Gonzalez in the kitchen , never there too long but still comes up with amazing drool worthy finger-liking yummy food.
When my friend Mini saw the film 'Julie and Julia', she called me and told me that i had to go and watch it and that's that, so i did , booked one ticket and went to see the film alone, ya i know that's kinda weird and whatever but then that's me i go for films alone sometimes, and when the film began i knew why because Julie was like me she loves to cook and feed her friends, by the way my sister's name is Juliet, and Jaya and Mini have been after me to do this cook-out for the longest time, in fact i did a one week cooking thing for Grazia which turned out lovely and yummy.
Yesterday was 'Mother's Day' and my maids told me they were leaving and as I'm someone who never will stop someone who does not want to stay , because that's their free will and in my experience on earth(ha ha ha) i have realised if you do stop someone who basically does not want to stay they may stay for a bit but make you feel like "burnt toast that nobody wants" so ya i said bye and ta ta and sat in my bathroom and decided that I'm going to COOK.
And that's how this whole thing is coming along, i want to do 1 dish a day , but with two kids home with summer vacation on, this is a feat , but then i have never wanted to do stuff like everyone else and like to walk on a path that very few people would take.
I woke up this morning, and after i settled my kids, i went shopping, but by the time i came back it was time for lunch , so made my mum's tried and tested prawn curry rice that my kids stuffed their tummy's with and then i put on my new apron and felt like the most awesome and gorgeous chick to ever cook ha ha ha and then realised that i did not have the damn fish sauce, so had to wait and wait and tweeted because i needed to get my mind off the sauce that i did not have...
It came after an hour and after tipping the delivery guy , i got my new ikea wok out , and my new wooden ladle's all the ingredients and it was all over in 15 mins...
from my normal kitchen i was actually in Bangkok on the streets with the aromas, and because i actually got it right from the making of the red chili paste to the final coconut cream with coriander dressing , it looked and smelt awesome...if i may say so myself..
The only thing is it was tea-time and though I'm not a regular tea drinker , i sat down in my hot kitchen made a biiiig mug of green tea and had this amazing chocolate cake...
Ya ya i know what you thinking ,the dreaded C word 'CALORIES' well i 'THINK THIN' and it works .
So I'm happy and will be making Mexican BURRITOS tom ... Ciao ...Maria