Every time I open my Facebook news-feed, I am astounded by the sheer number of ‘hand’ instructional videos with quick and easy instructions to make the absolutely best, gooey-est, cheesiest, spiciest, crispiest and the most scrumptious delights in seconds. The ‘hand’ makes it all look super easy. The ‘hand’ does not care about the cost of ingredients, or food wastage, or the calorific or nutritional value of the food it cooks. The ‘hand’ is short on time and loves showing us how quickly we can whip up fantastic meals.
The ‘hand’ shows us how we have been wasting our time, cooking things slowly and for enjoying the process as part of our family time. Why waste time thinking about food value and wastage, or flavor preferences when you just need to throw things together really quickly into the oven, smother them with cheese or whipping cream and making Facebook users forget about cute puppy videos. The mesmerizing cooking ‘hands’ want you to forget about cooking with love, playing with ingredients and feeding unique, cost friendly, nutritionally beneficial and delicious meals. Yes, I am having a rant. I feel that the ‘hand’ has lowered the standard of cooking and recipes that had been raised by chefs, cooks, food bloggers and writers all over the world and reduce it to a 20 second video.
Whilst I can understand the attraction of it all – some of them are really nicely made and are designed to make anyone feel hungry. I don’t appreciate how it is changing and demeaning the work done by many people around the world.
I, on the other hand, love spending time in the kitchen. I don’t like rushing through the cooking process. I want to bring back the fun of cooking. What happened to opening a nice bottle of wine, putting on some nice music and enjoying the whole process of putting together a meal? Even if it’s a grilled cheese sandwich for dinner with a tomato soup picked up from the grocery store, the romance of putting it all together, dressing up the whole process and enjoying it seems to be disappearing. Yes, everyone is short on time. Yes, it is sometimes hard to do that. Yes, not everyone can afford that luxury. But, isn’t it our job as food bloggers, writers and chefs to create the dream of romanticizing cooking?
We often hear that the family that eats together, stays together. I totally agree. It annoys my husband at times when I bug everyone to sit on the dining table and eat together. But, I still do it and will continue doing it for as long as I can. Meal times in our house are important, and we try to eat at least two meals together as a family.
Sometimes it gets difficult. I recently went back into my own business, and as a result, I have very limited time. But, that does not stop us from having family meals. I cook meals for the entire week on a Sunday and put it together within minutes every night. All the meals are made from scratch and as a little challenge, the menu is primarily vegetarian and uses fresh, seasonal vegetables as well as pulses. Needless to say, there’s lots of curries as they stay amazingly fresh in the fridge and the flavours only get stronger.
So, I am personally boycotting the ‘hand’ cooking videos. I refuse to share these videos or promote them, let alone make them myself. I am going to try to bring back the romance in my food and hope you enjoy the atmosphere created by the food, as much as I do. I finish this post today with an inspiring little number by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, that was thoroughly enjoyed with a glass of my favourite Black Tower whilst I was writing this post.