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.