Monday, December 08, 2008

Monday Blues...

This weekend I did quite a bit of cooking. Nothing major, did not invite anyone home or stuff like that, but then it was a pretty much stay at home and chill weekend. So I helped MIL with the housely chores. Now MIL does cooking the traditional way, ie to make masala fresh, to make pickles in the house, to cook at the beck and call of her lazy ass son or her dear hubby, to cook fresh food for Babs every day and so on...and then there is me! The quintessential lazy ass!

Things I realized:
  • Had I been born a few decades ago, chances of my survival would have been bad.
  • Had I been born a few centuries ago, chances of my survival would be nil.
  • I like to cook simple and fast. Even if it making 2 minutes maggi noodles, I will try and look for a shortcut.
  • I love cleaning more than cooking.
  • I will do anything to avoid cooking.
  • I miss those days when I lived alone when an apple pie or maggi noodles made my day!
The reason for the first two points are because of the fact that cooking in the good old days was not simply add garam masala or pav bhaji masala...the first step would have started with doing those darn masalas.

I Imagine myself thinking a day ahead that I would like to eat chole masala. Soak the chole, and then the next morning prepare the masala, and then make the batura. I swear to god, all I see myself doing would be spending the rest of my life in the kitchen...a kitchen where we would have a chulha and not a flat top cooking grill.

Imagine making idli or dosa. This would mean planning two days ahead and then grind the paste and all that big deal. Even making dahi. I remember my mom making dahi every other night. I load the dishes in the dishwasher and forget to turn it on, that is how lazy I am!

Or making Chapathi, we would have to make the powder from the grain. Can you imagine? Ya granted those old lady's of yore did not go to full-time work and kitchen was their work, still, I would rather sit at work than in the kitchen!

Do any of you also feel like I do??!!!

PS: New header!

14 comments:

Megha Bansal said...

hah! all the freaking time.

I believe in the Rachel Ray way of cooking, use what the markets give you, but add your touch!

so what interesting things did u make?

oh, IMHO, canned chole is just not the same as soaked, boiled chole. so there are some things i will do for taste, others are all about convenience and ease :)

Anu Russell said...

Oh I made some Bihari dish
and then rajma
batata fry
batata peas curry

simple things...but MIL added her konkani touch to a couple of them! It came out amazing!

Trevor Penn said...

Luv the ART space, ARTie. :-)

Hate me for this but your thought of misery mad me smile. :-P

Anu Russell said...

Thanks Shank :)

I am glad that I made you smile...

Suchi said...

Yes yes all the time. I remember thinking the same thoughts a while ago - i.e had I been born a few decades/centuries ago chances of my survival would have been nil. There are days when I feel lazy to cook even when I am making the simplest of dishes, have all the ingredients and wouldn't take up much of my time.
Oh well! :)

Anu Russell said...

That is so true...even I am in the kitchen standing with sambar masala in my hands and cut veggies...and still refuse to cook!

Shar said...

Every single day, Anu.....Initially (read, when newly married!)I was very interested in cooking for the Hubs...but once i realized he is not too keen and deftly not a Foodie like me, my interest Died...Man, I love Maggi noodles...I use real hot water, before i add the noodles..Thats my short cut and works every single time :) :)...

Anu Russell said...

Shar

I hear you sista! the love for cooking goes down rapidly after a baby too!!!

remabh said...

haha I totally agree.. I actually like cooking than cleaning :D.. Around 1 yr back, I was too lazy to clean the plates off the dining table... now its a responsibility not im very thrilled about ;)...
I think the readymade idly, dosa batter from indian stores made my life easier ;)

Anu Russell said...

See y'all are lucky...I have a gourmet husband...who loves to eat and enjoys cooking. He will wake up at 2.00am hungry and make a nice omlette et and go back to sleep...me on the other hand will drink water and go back to sleep...

This guy can actually tell me if the mustard in dal cracked and if I put it in early before the oil was heated...and he cooks better than me...so I am screwed...

Maggi is a snack to him, while it is a meal to me! Wahhhhhhhhhh

P said...

ditto on that thought!
infact i have nightmares of sitting at home in the event of not finding a job in this terrifying economy! I CANNOT imagine doing all that work in the kitchen! Kudos to people who can... considering the fact that im a big time foodie i will even go so far as to say.. i salute ppl with that much f patience!

P said...

BTW... ur new header is super cool...
Sanjana can be a supermodel for babies.. she is very photogenic
:)

Anu Russell said...

See that is what exactly concerns me too! I am absolutely ok with cleaning up but cooking??!!!! Noooooooo

Thanks P :)

Janani said...

Nice post Anu. Though I love cooking over cleaning, I should say I am not a big fan of grinding fresh masala for chole/pav bhaji etc. Kudos to Moms who do it with so much ease and patience :)