I discovered my passion for writing after I quit my day job. So I began to write fiction stories, self-help books, and articles, blogs, etc.
My Mom had gone out of town, and I was left alone to take care of my meals. I planned the previous night what to cook. I looked at the refrigerator: Tomatoes, potatoes, potol (a kind of green vegetable available in our world), eggplant and cauliflowers. I chose two cauliflowers, potatoes and tomatoes the next morning and had the temporary maid cut them with boti (a special kind of sharp tool to chop and cut vegetables and meat). I felt a little lonely after the maid was gone. But that is not the whole story. The story is just beginning!
Place My Raw Vegetable Mix Curry on Stove
I went to the kitchen and started washing the chopped potatoes and cauliflowers in a saucepan. After I was done, I put it on the stove. I put a little oil, 2 big spoonfuls of salt, a little dhaniya powder (a kind of masala cooking powder), red chili powder and a just little bit of turmeric powder. I washed tomatoes and sliced them, adding to the saucepan. Then I put a little water and tried to stir it. It wouldn’t move much because the saucepan was full! LOL. So I put the lid on top of the pan a bit ajar and lit on the stove. Next, I went into my bedroom to relax. But I was all along aware that there was something on the stove that I had to take care of!
25 Minutes Later
After 10 minutes, I went to the kitchen again, put up the lid to be happy that a rightly pale red color was showing in the juices from the curry. The vegetable mix was on its way to be cooked. I put the lid ajar again and came back to my bedroom.
After another 10 minutes, I went and picked up the lid. This time yes, the curry was more cooked, but it still needed another five minutes.
I went to the refrigerator and brought out green chilies and dhaniya leaves (special leaves to add flavor to your recipe). I washed them thoroughly in the kitchen sink and kept them ready by cutting into smaller portions in a bowl.
I put up the lid. And I found out that yes, my cooking was about to finish. I put the dhaniya leaves and green chilies on top of the pan and closed it with the lid for a full minute.
And guess what happened after that? A beautiful odor erupted out of the mix of dhaniya leaves and chilies and the rest of the curry that I was cooking. I switched off the stove and smelled, taking a deep breath. Was I elated! My cooking was a complete success!
I don’t cook often but whenever I take the initiative to cook, magic seems to come to my hands, and I cook delicious dishes. It’s a special quality I possess, and I treasure it. Thanks to God, the Almighty for the blessing he has bestowed upon me!
Get Prepared to Have Lunch
Next, I boiled an egg which served as protein for my lunch that day. I had rice all cooked and cold in the refrigerator. I put the rice in the microwave while I peeled off the egg. I assembled the rice, vegetable curry, and egg on my plate and had a relishing lunch.
A Chat with Mom about My Experience with Cooking
I called my mom out of town and poured her the whole story about my cooking, which was indeed a great success. We shared an amusing laugh, and she gave me further instructions about what to cook in the coming days and maintain my meals accordingly.
My Advice to Lonely, Beautiful Bees Out There
My advice to you, gals and guys would be: If you feel lonely and uncared for, take up cooking recipes of your choice and invite friends over and you will never have to be alone. They may not be a success at the first attempt. But try over and over again. Try to relish but not scowl. Be happy with the outcome as you get better and better at cooking but don’t grumble. After all, it’s gradual happiness over a day, as each day passes by that counts!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2019 Rosina S Khan
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Rosina S Khan (author) on October 19, 2020:
Yes, I do not cook often but when I do, they do turn out to be successes, and I get excited. I wrote this article before the pandemic, but now it will work out for this season as well. Thank you for reading and for your lovely comments.
Denise McGill from Fresno CA on October 19, 2020:
That's a good story. You made me laugh at your excitement when the dish turned out to be a success. This is also good advice. Even if people or neighbors cannot come over because of the pandemic, you could share bowls of your dish with others and feel the warmth that comes from doing a good deed.
Rosina S Khan (author) on October 13, 2020:
Thank you, Lora, for your most generous comments. Yes, certainly if we had stayed close, we could have lots of fun cooking dishes. And yes, cooking does bring out the best in many people. Thank you for stopping by to read this article and make gracious comments. It made my day.
Lora Hollings on October 13, 2020:
Your veggie curry sounds just wonderful, Rosina. I love the philosophy you expressed at the end of your article too! For all the lonely people, take up cooking dishes that they enjoy and share them with friends and then you will never have to be alone. I wish that I lived close to you, we could share dishes together and have a lot of fun too! It seems like cooking brings out the best in many people. Excellent article! Thanks for sharing.
Rosina S Khan (author) on October 12, 2020:
Same here. I can only concentrate on one dish at a time while cooking. I am glad the article gave you a smile. Thank you so much for reading and commenting, Brenda.
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 12, 2020:
This one made me smile. I am not the best cook in the kitchen.
One pan dishes suit me just fine. I seem to get scattered brained when I have a whole stove full of things to cook.
Thanks for the share.
Rosina S Khan (author) on October 24, 2019:
John, thank you for your kind words. The dish was certainly delicious-I am happy to say!!
John Hansen from Queensland Australia on October 24, 2019:
Thank you for sharing your success in the kitchen. The dish looks delicious and healthy. Well done.