I am very fond of cooking….so much so that I consider it therapeutic. I cook non-vegetarian dishes for my family, even though I am a vegetarian by birth. Some of my friends find it quite amusing that I can find pleasure in something that can be so monotonous. However, for me it is a mere expression of my creativity…it gives me joy and is a very effective way to make use of my time.
Eating habits do change with time and kids…I need to concentrate on their nutrition, health and at the same time cater to their evolving taste buds. So, from my perspective it is not that monotonous. I have to constantly challenge myself by presenting them mouth-watering recipes with the strangest of combinations that they would otherwise shy away from. Food has also served to be a great conversation starter…when all the friends and family are sitting for together.
Cooking has also helped me improve in many other ways.I have learnt to appreciate feedback (children can be harsh and rude critics!!) It has also helped me in contain my patience and temper (remember the hour-long preparations to dish out something nice!!) I also need to develop on my cooking techniques with the new world food habits. I read all the culinary materials that I can lay my hands on. At the same time, I also feel responsible as a parent, to introduce them to the traditional family dishes. This does not mean that I try to keep them away from the so-called fast food stalls. But the point is that instead of resorting to retail therapy as some of my posh friends call it, I would still be more conservative and stick to cooking therapy.