Cooking? – Ah so easy! (and so we assume)

So, I used to have this notion that cooking is just hmm, kind of eaaaasy – you just mix and swish and mix and swish.. you’ve got some masalas and you some how get a curry. Honestly, I’m not a keen cook, I do not have enough patience for me to spend half a day or even more than 2 hours on cooking..well yea my mom would probably argue at that statement saying “you are sooo young, when you get the situation.. you will leaarrnn and you will be bettterrrr with time”. Well, mommy is mommy indeed.
One thing to add about taste here, no offense to the high class restaurants but I would promise on anything that home-made traditional cooking skills are much much MUCH better than the same traditional dishes you try at “authentic restaurants”, and trust me, that IS the truth. Those trial and errors, those ‘adjusted curries’ with their secret tricks and tactics? — yup, THAT is also what makes home-based cooking skills way better. 
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But yes, back to my ‘notion’ – I used to think cooking is just Grade 8 science. You know, its just an easy experiment of the ingredients and the time and some extra ingredients.. oh that’s easy.. and mainly I use to think “one can never make it to become a bad-cook.. like, you obviously work it out.” –  You are the programmer in making that dish.. you are in full control of what you put in that dish on the cooker. So if it tastes bad-ish, there is always a way out like, ” hey, don’t worry about too much salt in your dish,pour more water, dilute it, add more chilly powder and some other masalas and you are good enough”, or if it doesn’t taste good you CAN make it right and if the curry does taste good then great! – you’ve achieved some great cooking skills.
But me? – nope. After today – after some very poor cooking experiments, “bad cooking” does exists! Forget ‘learning through experience’ and using recipe books or watching cooking channels – my cooking skills CANNOT be.. cannot be.. eh.. well it cannot be even called cooking.. well on second thought… obviously my curries are going to turn out bad if I have the mindset, I mentioned above ^, but YET, I mean it really amazes me how well some young people can cook. Now let me not critique on those kid-cooking shows, but watching those skilled kiddos cook – one think can more a less be confirmed – I don’t think I can survive on my own cooking skills (But you kiddos, need some applause for those skills) .
Now that my rant of inside the kitchen is over, I come out to rest and I think – ‘ohhh noo, I’ve got to eat that tooo’. Ahh well, good luck to my sister for trying out my failed science experiments.. well, we need dinner in anyway.
Off and out,
Arunya
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The Ultimate Spaghetti… A Holiday Season Must Try!

It’s not one of the first dishes I have learnt to make yet it’s the dish I make best (in my opinion). It took me while to understand it’s just the magic of mixing in the right kinds of sauces in their right amounts.

I was in my 2nd year of University and had friends coming home to complete last-minute assignments. Take outs wasn’t an option we wanted something healthy and filling enough to finish those never-ending assignments. Aannd *drum rolls* ‘The Ultimate Spaghetti’ was created.

Since then it’s been my favorite as it’s easy to make and tastes yumm..

INGREDIENTS:

1 packet whole-wheat spaghetti

1 Green Capsicum Sliced

1 Carrot Sliced

2 Celery Sticks

4 Cloves of Garlic Chopped

2 tsp Soy Sauce

2 tsp Ketchup

2 tsp Thai Sauce

1 tsp Hot Sauce

½ cup Cooking Cream

Salt as required

1 tbsp Cooking Oil

2-3 Chicken Burgers (fried or grilled)

METHOD:

Method

  1. Heat a deep bottomed sauce pan. Add oil and saute the chopped garlic in.
  2. Add the chopped vegetables into the garlic and oil. (Can add more kinds of vegetables if you wish. The vegetables can be chopped anyway you like, I prefer them being chopped in Julienne)
  3. Once the vegetables soften, add in the sauces and cooking cream.
  4. Cut the chicken burgers into cubes and add them into the spaghetti sauce
  5. Finally drop the boiled *spaghetti into the sauce and mix on warm heat

NOTE: The sauces already have amounts of salt in them plus I usually add salt while boiling the spaghetti so please be mindful on adding salt.

*COOKING THE SPAGHETTI:

Cooking the Spaghetti

  1. Take 1 packet of wholewheat spaghetti and break into half.
  2. Put it in a saucepan with boiling water (the spaghetti must be completely dipped in water) and add 1-2 teaspoons of salt.
  3. Let it boil on high flame for about 20-25 minutes until the spaghetti is cooked
    (I check by chewing a small piece, if it sticks to your teeth then it’s not cooked yet. Be careful not to over boil it).
  4. Once done drain the water and bathe the spaghetti under cold water. Then add 2 teaspoons of olive oil to it so that they don’t stick to each other.

Tadaa… the Ultimate Spaghetti is ready. I love this dish it’s so easy to make and tastes so good plus it stays for the next 2-3 days if kept in the fridge. Hence, it’s a holiday season – must try! 🙂

~Shahana