Day 002 – The food journey begins

If nothing else, I will always have some food story to talk about. Today I made a classic Bengali winter dish: Koraishutir kochuri with spicy aloo dum. It took most of the day but it was time well spent because the end result was worth it and I consider it a very productive day.

Green Peas Kachori with Spicy Aloo Dum

The recipe credit for this goes to: https://www.bongeats.com/. This blog has been an absolute savior for us who have lost touch with our roots and would like to occasionally dip into their goody bag of recipes and feel at home. Even if you never make any of these recipes, their YouTube channel makes for a very therapeutic watch.

I have always enjoyed cooking but I am not an intuitive cook. To an extent I have learnt certain techniques and tricks which serve me well across dishes but I will always look for a recipe when cooking anything, even if I have cooked it before. It helps me have a calming cooking experience. I keep collecting recipes in my Evernote app and annotating my notes but other than the basic egg recipes, I am always referring to recipes even for the amounts of salt, sugar and oil. It drives my family nuts but that’s just the way I roll and I am not ashamed to admit it. I am frequently irritated with all the eye rolling and comments I receive but it’s just something I need to live with.

In other news, I watched the Harry Potter 20 Years reunion event. I have never been a huge fan of the movies, always preferred the books but of course it was impossible to get away from the movies completely. The reunion was as sappy and clichéd as I imagined it would be but I couldn’t bring myself to stop watching. I have amazing memories of reading each of the books and later listening to the audio books narrated by Stephen Fry. It was a pleasant afternoon reliving them.

Yesterday was a hopeful, optimistic and productive day, but today it’s hitting me how long it has been since the pandemic broke out. It’s been a full 2 years now with no end in sight. I can’t get over the feeling that in-spite of everything we are doing to survive day in and day out, life has essentially hit a pause button. I look forward to the day we can hit play. Until then, I really liked this New Year’s message

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