Today, while I was making chapattis for breakfast, my thoughts led me to my mother’s kitchen, how she made the breakfast, she was a very good cook, and an expert in making tasty dishes. She loved to cook and serve, she would put her heart mind and soul in whatever she cooked, and the kind of energy she passed on is unforgettable.
I have never found her tired of cooking and serving, it looked like it was a hobby for her, something that she enjoyed, and whoever visited home will have to taste what she makes, and she just needed few minutes to serve.
The thoughts about my mother made me very happy and I felt energized, that I too must learn how to make even the simplest ordinary meal into an extraordinary one. I found she was very passionate about serving delicious meal, and in the process did her very best and it showed in the way food was served.
Food was always on time, there was never a lack, despite so many children (nine of us) with two grandmothers – my mom’s mother, and her sister. My mother had the capacity to cook for so many and she had the perseverance to do it cheerfully.
Even when we all grew up, lived on our own, she would still love to cook try her hand on new recipes in the kitchen, I loved what my mother made, whenever I visited her even after my marriage, I would enjoy whatever she made. She would wait eagerly for me, knowing that I would come, and make some very interesting dishes, and she would even pack for me to carry back to my place.
There were times, she would make puri, chicken curry and cutlets and travel all the way to meet me at my place. There was something special in every dish she made, and I found that not only delicious, but also felt her deep love for me. She would never forget birthdays and anniversaries – as she loved celebrations!
Today her thoughts energizes me, and I am happy to do my work with pleasant memories in my mind, I complete making chapattis, and continue with my routine, to go for a swim and reach my office on time….. I journey in gratitude! With this fitting quote that says “A recipe has no soul. You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe.” Thomas Keller.
Be Happy !