Cooking seemed… Easier… In America.
While it’s true the best dishes were made from scratch, some of my favorite meals took 3 easy steps:
- Boil pasta
- Add sauce
Moving to India meant either living without the food I loved, or managing to cook it one way or another. Enjoying macaroni & cheese, for example, means boiling pasta, adding full cream, salt, ghee (butter) and cheese (which appears to be a mixture of cheddar and mozzarella) and turmeric to give it a slight yellow color – to trick myself into believing that it’s the cheddar cheese I know and love. It turns out okay.
My favorite American dish, which is definitely Southern Soul Food, would probably be mashed potatoes with a side of macaroni & cheese, peas and if I’m feeling it, fried chicken. Let me tell you, that takes work! But it’s still not considered a full meal – in fact – nothing is considered a complete and filling meal without roti. 😉
Since I’ve been in India, I’ve done nothing but learn to cook Indian food from scratch. That means, using nothing but fresh vegetables and spices – sometimes whole spices, which I have to crush into powder on occasion with my rolling pin because I have no grinder. The struggle is real. Making sabji, curry, biryani, roti and parathas from scratch is hard work, my friends.
Luckily, DN has been very helpful in teaching me and lending a hand or even cooking for us. I’m blessed to have such a helpful partner, and trust me, I’d be half starved on a steady diet of maggie (Indian ramen noodles) if I didn’t have him as inspiration to cook. I’m also glad to have a willing test subject such as Via Bhaiya to test out my attempts at American food cooked from scratch – for example, our Thanksgiving meal.