6 REASONS ONE SHOULD LEARN TO COOK #Burp

1. I COOK, THEREFORE I AM

Independence

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There is some comfort in the fact that if you were stranded on a deserted island with a kitchen and a fully stocked pantry, you wouldn’t die of hunger. Dying of boredom is another matter entirely !

Larning how to cook means that you don’t have to depend on your mom or the pizza delivery guy to satiate your hunger pangs. Ever ! Feeling independent doesn’t get any more awesome than this.

2. CREATIVITY ON MY PLATE

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Hundreds of ingredients, thousands of ways to combine them to create a million different delectable dishes ! Experimenting with flavours or cooking techniques invariably brings out your creative best. Having said that, not all experiments end in success. You just learn to take the disastrous ones in your stride. Putting your grey cells to work doesn’t get any more inspiring than this !

3. ALL AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 PLATES

Culture

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Every city, every town, every country has its own way with food. Exploring a place through its culinary heritage is educational , fascinating, not to mention an absolute treat for your taste buds. Imagine recreating and eating Waffles from Belgium, Tacos from Texas, Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pudding from England and Tandoori Chicken from India ! Upholding your identity as the citizen of the world doesn’t get any more fantastic than this !

4.BEAUTY AND THE FEAST

Feast

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‘The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’. No, this isn’t a decleration made by someone who flunked biology. Well, this much exhausted piece of advice wouldn’t have lived for this long if it weren’t true. And this applies not only for men, but practically everyone from your teacher to your dog. Winning someone over doesn’t get any easier than this.

5. WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS…

Lemons

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Bake lemon cake, or tart, or curd. You will be appaled at the Plethora of things you can make from the same boring, old ingredients that you find in your fridge. We all know about comfort food, but we strongly believe that comfort cooking is also a thang. Cooking can be a stress buster and in some cases even therapeutic. Giving life your best shot doesn’t get any better than this.

6. #FOODSTAGRAM

Foodstagram

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In this day and age, no one can possibly resist Food porn on Instagram. That moment of glory when you get more likes since you’re the one to have concorted a culinary masterpiece, is priceless. Impressing people doesn’t get any easier than this.

CHOCOLATIERING 101

  • Step 1 – Melting chocolate.

Say what? Isn’t that what we were supposed to make? Yes but even when we make a salad, we don’t grow vegetables ourselves. We just chop and mix stuff.

To learn how to melt chocolate go here. I couldn’t have explained it better myself (Use chocolate Compounds for this purpose. I used MORDE Dark Chocolate Compound and melted it in BOROSIL microwave safe cookware).

  • Step 2 – Flavouring

To make plain chocolates, use Chocolate essence (Make sure any essence you add is oil based). This is the step where you can make this chocolate your own, experiment and go crazy. Add nuts, biscuit crumbs, strawberry essence or rice crisps. I mixed in some crushed TIC TAC SPEARMINTS for a minty flavour.

Chocolatier

  • Step 3 – Moulding and Setting

Put above chocolatey awesomeness in moulds (Plastic ones, Ice trays anything!) of desired size and shape. No greasing required whatsoever. Set it in your refrigerator, not necessarily the freezer. It takes about ten minutes. You will know its set by looking at the bottom of the moulds, chocolate tends to contract away from the moulds.

  • Step 4 – De-moulding and Wrapping

Just overturn moulds on your counter-top, they should come away easily. A gentle tap if they are being stubborn 😛 Wrap chocolates in colourful wrappers (from any bakery or confectionery around) and place them in baskets/trays etc.

  • Step 5 – Sit back and admire your handiwork! Oh and eat your chocolates. 🙂