Ever since I can remember, we have had a huge painting of Venice in our living room- a water canal between buildings, a bridge above and a gondola parked along the side. I always wanted to visit this part of Italy someday.🛶
I jetted to Venice right before the pandemic had taken over the world, quite in time, literally!!!
The architecture and the grandeur of the city is all heart. People love to call it ‘a living museum’ and I couldn’t agree more. In the evening, with the city all lit up, I truly felt as if I was inside the painting.❤️
Let me take you to a virtual tour around the city- some must visit places and experiences. 48 hours in Venice!!!!
My first post on cooking and it has to be about my Funny Kitchen Blunders👩🍳;
So instead of telling you what I am good at, let us first deal with the reality, i.e. the mistakes, because they are a part of the process.
Before beginning, A DISCLAIMER; I usually cook in emergency situations, i.e., when Mammi is not home.
So now you know that all these stunts were performed when there was no expert supervision! Haha
Let me start with my favourite:
The Pav Bhaji Fiasco🥘
One fine evening, I am assigned the task of cooking Pav Bhaji for dinner (for the first time EVER). The cooking instructions were given over the phone and in my excitement, I very smartly made notes––in my brain. (probably not my brightest move🤭)
First of all, the chopped vegetables were supposed to be boiled.
So this is what I do, I put the veggies in a cooker, add enough water for them to swim and put the heat on.
A whistle later, when I open the cooker my bhaji lay in ruins!!🤐 It seemed absolutely the opposite of what it was supposed to be! Came out looking more like boiled yellow dal. 🥺🤒
FYI: veggies are already rich in water content. so, DO NOT ADD WATER🚱(at least not as much as I put in).
Are you listening? Whoever you are!
Next in line:
Boiled Rice Disaster🍚
Can someone go wrong with this too? Well, I proudly say YES.
This time, in total masterchef mode, I was putting together a bunch of different snacks for my folks. Along with, I had soaked rice in water and 20 minutes later, put them on the flame.
While I was busy frying some delicious fritters, the colour of the rice caught my attention and I wondered why they seemed brownish. 🤔 But ignoring this, I moved my concentration back to the task in hand.
A couple minutes later I realised my BEAUTIFUL mistake! 😐
Did you catch it?
“jaldi jaldi mei chawal dhona hi bhool gyi!!” 🤦🏻♀️
and almost immediately, God sends a Messiah (Mammi obviously); I ended up listening to a few words of wisdom while she took charge of my mess.
Since then I wash rice a little more than needed, you know, just to be doubly sure!🙃
While the lockdown was enlightening for each one of us in different ways, you know what I learned?👀 Being finicky comes with a price of its own!
In the summer of 2020 (the first lockdown) washing, cleaning and sanitising house supplies had become a norm.
Thanks to all this, a mishap occurred on a Thursday evening with 1 kg packet of Sugar. For thorough cleaning, I had drowned it in a bucket full of water and left it in there for a minute.
To my horror, the sugar came out as CHASHNI 🤯😱
I advise you to not overuse your brain (like I did). Packets even though sealed, have microholes in them (for the air to pass from, uninvitingly the water did too😳).
I know you are laughing and you can!😂
Pressure situations give invitation to most of my big and small cooking bloopers!
The bright side:Now I know the corrective actions for such situations.😎
I bet you all have done some unique blunders too! Tell me in the comments below, so I know I am not the only one and give me a reason to laugh too.❤️