We all have to eat… to live. Hmmm. No, I think I live to eat! At some point in our lives (early enough), we learn that we need to cook to satisfy our hunger. What begins as a method of easing our hunger, changes to wanting to make something great we ate somewhere. Pleasing our hunger gradually turns to pleasing our palates.
I started the thought of documenting my (humble) cooking knowledge, because my mother didn’t. She was a superb home cook, who learned from the masters. I miss her cooking and just cannot recreate her flavors. She didn’t have any particular secrets or use many spices, never used measuring tools and practiced what she was taught. Her flavors were consistent, throughout her life of 79 years. Through choice of ingredients, precise timing and adjustments of cooking temperatures, she brought out the best fusion of ingredients. Like most women of her generation, her repertoire was limited but very authentic. Nonetheless, every dish she prepared was of festivity quality. She was a master in her own right, who generally cooked food from her heritage, (Persian/Iranian cuisine) main dishes and desserts, mainly using stove tops. She never used an oven. Even now, I am often asked if I will share my mother’s recipes… and you know the unfortunate answer.
Most of us get in a rut and repeatedly prepare the same old menu. We are eagerly looking for new varieties to eat. I love learning new recipes, especially authentic, from all over the world. When I make a recipe for the first time, it necessarily doesn’t turn out as anticipated. However, if the recipe has potential (edible and commonly appreciated), I work on it until I make it a keeper. My recipes (with a twist & tango) should please almost every palate. They are for those who want to cook and eat tasty food but don’t need to be an expert to do so.
I had my son, and future grandchildren, nieces & nephews in mind, when I started documenting. But now, the thought that I can share it with the entire World, through blogging is quite daunting (which one of my brilliant nephews, K recommended). My intention is to pass along to “all level” of individuals cooking-for-love-of-food, a thing or two.
So, what’s cooking in your kitchen? 🙂 ~ Fae.