Caring Cuisine and the Art of Eating…

Raksha’s Wedding…

If there’s one thing that almost everyone can agree on; it’s that food plays a substantially important component in any event or family get-together and if we think way back from the days of our childhoods, we can truly see that no matter what background we came from, there were always special dishes at significant points and events in our lives that remind us of our loved ones, that provide us with that sense of comfort when we need it, foods that were instrumental in creating memorable events, and recipes passed down through generations and generations to be used with pride…

Throughout my life from toddler to adult the recipes I use in my daily life provide me with a realization of how grateful I am to be me, that the trials and tribulations undergone in my life were all worth it.

I like to think of my cooking and baking as traditional with a hint of modernism, sprinkled with nothing but intense passion and love for my craft. The recipes I am about to share in my upcoming cookbook and on my soon to be ready blog, signify the most important and life changing events and recipes that have gotten me through troubled times to times of good cheer and celebration that I always remember fondly.

First off the proverbial chopping board, I want you to know that I am not a professional chef, but these recipes and tasty tactics were learned from the greatest cook I know, my mother. She is a woman of class who put her family first sacrificing her own needs like every over protective and loving mother. She taught me never to compromise on the quality and the importance of fresh ingredients, as well as the positive effect that good food, made with love and tradition, can have in the minds and hearts of all who choose to indulge in either the consumption or the preparation thereof. Old fashioned values like honesty, integrity and faith played a pivotal role in my mother’s success as a homemaker and it is from her that I learned that making a house a home is the key to showing your love and affection to those you adore.

My love and appreciation of food stemmed from the bond with my mother from the confines of our small but practical kitchen in our first home. I never had to search for kitchen equipment or tools because she already had them and as time went by and I grew older, visiting relatives and friends’ kitchens, I realized how lucky I was as a child to have these tools at my disposal to express myself and to be embraced in her kitchen as a student, that would one day enable me to write this.

Cooking and baking, for me, have been absolute gifts from the powers that be. It enables me to walk into a kitchen, grab ingredients laying around in a grocery cupboard, and throw them together in ways that amalgamate different smells, textures, flavors and colors that leave the diner nothing short of saying a delightful mmmh upon the taste of that vital first bite…

But first ask yourself this question; how many people do you know who actually take the time to truly taste and enjoy their meals? In my own experience, the answer is none.

So here’s my first rule with food… Enjoy your meals!

Firstly find a comfortable spot whether it be a comfy armchair or that special place at your dining room table. Then, take your plate with the meal you have just prepared, and sit down. Next, look at your plate, and let your eyes be open to the colors that are laid out on your plate like the great works of a famous artiste. I have always believed that you eat with your senses, so after you have taken in the visual beauty of your piece of culinary art, simply close your eyes and smell… Get a good wafting in of the aromas emanating from the meal on your plate, do this about three times or so… Next grab your utensil and dig in to a bite sized piece, and as you do, listen to the sound your meal makes, whether it’s the saucy sound of a cheesy mince pasta dish or the crunch of breaking into a crumbed, stuffed chicken fillet, just listen…

Now for the final part… bring that bite sized piece to your lips and as you do, smell one more time whilst closing your eyes and with your eyes still closed it’s time to take that bite. As you begin to chew, feel the explosion of flavor that hits your pallet like a plane hitting the runway landing at its destination…

Do this and I assure you that you will never look at a meal as ordinary ever again. I taught this to my ex on one of our first dates and I will never forget the look on his face when he took that bite of a plain and simple toasted sandwich that he chose as a light dinner. The look you may ask? Sheer ecstasy!

Now getting back to creating these beautiful, delicious meals, always keep in mind that cooking and baking are open to creativity and whilst you may want to follow recipes to the letter on your very first try, feel free to play around and mix and match different recipes with each other, once you are familiar with them, to create your own culinary masterpieces that will leave your friends and family begging for more…

And don’t be afraid, be bold and move forth on your own culinary adventures…

Much Love

Sunflowers in the City

Show your support

Clapping shows how much you appreciated Sunflowers in the City’s story.