Monday, January 23, 2012

Food Show And Chinese Cuisine

The other day, my children and I watched  some wonderful authentic  cooking which was telecasted on one of our  favourite food  channel.Watching the  program  took  me  to several places and to a totally different culture.A culture which reveres in upholding customs and traditions. More so it let me virtually wander across to the land which prides on the  great wall and much more.Furthermore just discussing views and opinions about  their food  can get your  taste buds tantalized.
Chinese cooking sketches back since times gone by and now have become more and more popular in other parts of the world.The Chinese  pride themselves on eating an extensive range of foods. Chinese dishes are often  prepared in bite-sized pieces, to make it easy for   picking and shoving into the mouth.They also love to use chopsticks at the table. Traditional Chinese cuisine is also based on opposites  balancing hot with  cold, pickled with fresh and spicy with mild. They  also take pleasure in  eating exotic stuff. Many would go out of the way to taste some extraordinary speclalities like snakes,insects and bugs. Well!Well! Count me out please! I‘vd rather have the pleasure of watching them creeping and crawling  in and out of a mud –splattered backyard than savor them 'barbecued' and  in my platter all oozing  with sauces and dressings.
Food shows are a  motivation for foodies like me.They help us cultivate different skills and techniques in the kitchen and in our cooking styles. Learning to cook  food other than our staple foods  is itself  a great achievement .Years ago ,as a young girl, I used to watch  a cooking show called Yan Can cook,a program hosted by a young Chinese foodie/chef who did a lot of humorous acts while demonstrating his gastronomic know-hows.I loved watching him cook delicious  meals (the usual kind of food –not the exotic type). This show was very popular in most homes because of his exclusivity: cooking and performing  comic acts.At the end of the show he would sign off with his ever famous  line 'If Yan can cook, so can you.’.That  one liner, I believe, was in some way the motivation behind my interest in  cookery.However only after I  got married I put my skills into practice.Initially, I  had  tried a few of the simple dishes this master chef had presented on the show, but regretfully the dishes never really reached up to mark or came anywhere close to  them.All the same I never gave up.Learning through  trial and error, I somehow  managed to pass the  experimental tests ( the judges through out have been my children and hubby).I am regretful that I never mastered Chinese cooking but in spite of everything, I am still  grateful for that ‘cooking show', which paved the way significantly in  arousing my interest in cooking.And  from  being an  edgy cook with a great deal of kitchen disasters,I can now  pompously say  I have gained  some confidence and   occasionally  serve  delectable food to my guests at home.
Ahh!! I see the glimmer in my children’s eyes, an optical expression I often witness when I make an assurance.Yes! I did promise them to spend more time reviving  Chinese  delights from the food channel.

                                        Chinese Food In Saudi Arabia
Prawns coated in batter and fried 

Fried Noodles

Chicken Corn Soup

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

There Is No Green In My Tea

While the rest of the world   got engaged  in some sort of entertainment heralding the new year,it was celebrated very quietly in this part of the world.There wasn’t any major   jubilation like lighting fire crackers and  merry making in public places.Possibly people over here enjoyed  the new year in the comfort of their homes.As I looked forward to ushering in the new year,I also visualized a year full of goodness.I so want this year to be according to what I am hoping for.I look forward to at least some or a few of those materialized.As with each year,I fervently look ahead to shed a few pounds off my system. At my age I am not interested in reducing weight for appearances sake,my weight loss goal  is  more of an insurance,an investmest for good health.Perhaps to grow old without major illnesses related to being over-weight.However putting them to practice is a hard task.Any  magazines,newspapers or just scraps and clippings on how to lose those extra pounds,is read with great interest and appreciation.I even watched a few previous episodes of 'The Biggest Loser".
A few times earlier I had stumbled upon many  articles which have revealed sweet success on weight loss.But the one to catch my attention was  my favourite digest, which  carried a small feature on how drinking green tea can reduce weight and also how essential it is for health benefits.This immediately aroused my curiosity.Heavily relying on that short snippet,I opened a packet of green tea which I already had at home .As a matter of fact, I got so restless and infuriated that I was ready to give up even before starting this ‘green tea ‘weight loss’ program.I was thoroughly exasperated waiting for the tea to brew and bring out the strong flavor in it.I thought it was taking a considerable time.There wasn't any colour in that instant to indicate the tea was  well brewed.Little did I know that ‘green tea’ is a kind of specialty  and even with all it’s favourable qualities,it would n’t  turn my cup  of tea  green. By the time I realized this,my  tea had gone cold…

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year Greetings

Happy New Year..May this new year bring you peace, joy and happiness .And may glad tidings come your way... 

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
Helen Keller