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  • Sweet rice - are boiled rice with the added syrup of sugar melted in butter. We normally add yellow food colouring and red glazed cherries. So they look really nice and appetizing.

    I'd add an image but can't (due to new forum changes). If you google it - it should come up. They're a quick dessert for a large quantity of people.

    I'm noticing the trend is changing now. There's not much of an emphasis on girls cooking any more. Parents pampering the kids it seems.

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    • That's partly why I started this thread. I felt that there are too many people (men and women) who don't have even basic skills in the kitchen and I believe this causes people to fall into unhealthy bad habits such as ordering takeaways, or eating processed foods. Then there are some who rely on another person to do all the cooking such as their mum which is fine if you're 10 years old but not when you're in your twenties or thirties. I'm not saying everyone has to be a masterchef or give up their current lifestyle, but at the very least; if the spouse or parent you rely on to cook became ill or is pregnant and needs weeks or months of bed rest, you should know enough to be able to keep the household going, even if all you have are simple things like pasta with pesto or daal and rice or omelette with toast, stuff along those lines.

      I wouldn't necessarily assume it's parents pampering kids though. In my experience, this often happens because the emphasis is on doing well in school and pursuing further studies whereas learning chores at home is seen as unimportant. The other reason is that sometimes parents themselves don't have these culinary skills to pass on to their kids.

      Originally posted by Indefinable View Post
      Sweet rice - are boiled rice with the added syrup of sugar melted in butter. We normally add yellow food colouring and red glazed cherries. So they look really nice and appetizing.

      I'd add an image but can't (due to new forum changes). If you google it - it should come up. They're a quick dessert for a large quantity of people.

      I'm noticing the trend is changing now. There's not much of an emphasis on girls cooking any more. Parents pampering the kids it seems.
      The Lyme Disease pandemic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5u73ME4sVU

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      • Originally posted by Indefinable View Post
        Sweet rice - are boiled rice with the added syrup of sugar melted in butter. We normally add yellow food colouring and red glazed cherries. So they look really nice and appetizing.

        I'd add an image but can't (due to new forum changes). If you google it - it should come up. They're a quick dessert for a large quantity of people.

        I'm noticing the trend is changing now. There's not much of an emphasis on girls cooking any more. Parents pampering the kids it seems.
        That's been going on for years! western sisters innit.

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        • Originally posted by Indefinable View Post
          Sweet rice - are boiled rice with the added syrup of sugar melted in butter. Wppe normally add yellow food colouring and red glazed cherries. So they look really nice and appetizing.

          I'd add an image but can't (due to new forum changes). If you google it - it should come up. They're a quick dessert for a large quantity of people.

          I'm noticing the trend is changing now. There's not much of an emphasis on girls cooking any more. Parents pampering the kids it seems.
          I have never come across the sweet rice

          Whenever we make sweet rice dishes it's usually rice pudding or semolina puddings which are popular at weddings (I don't like them but my amma beats the wedding desserts, I have yet to enjoy firni at weddings).

          you think? Where I'm from, the pressure is on girls to be perfect.

          The degree comes first but during days off from uni or college the mums will encourage their girls to learn

          Everyone enjoys boasting about their daughters achievements 'she made 100 somasas AND got a 1.1 on psychology, AND she works AND she's a make up artist...we are thinking of getting her married off...*hint, hunt*'

          There you have it.

          If you can't cook then at least bake because that is the back up boasting in line, the daughter selling cakes online.
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          It is what it is and I am impressed, the girls are doing it but I am not an all rounder, I'd hate it if my mum pressurised me like that.

          'Whatever it be wherein ye differ, the decision thereof is with Allah: such is Allah my Lord: In Him I trust, and to Him I turn.' The Holy Qu'ran Al Shura (Consultation)

          So, which of the favours of your lord will you deny? ~ Surah Ar Rahman

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          • Sorry can't edit lol
            'Whatever it be wherein ye differ, the decision thereof is with Allah: such is Allah my Lord: In Him I trust, and to Him I turn.' The Holy Qu'ran Al Shura (Consultation)

            So, which of the favours of your lord will you deny? ~ Surah Ar Rahman

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            • It's not just a western phenomenon. Last time I was in Pakistan, my cousin in Lahore was asked by her dad to make a cup of tea and she didn't know how to do it. It could be because many middle and upper class families have servants to cook for them, or it could be because the mums are very territorial in the kitchen, or again, it could be because parents just want their kids to study and neglect teaching them about household chores or else they try but the kids aren't interested. Then again, both in the UK and in Pakistan, you get young women who start their marriages without a clue as to how to cook anything but then within five years and a couple of kids later, they become quite skilled in the kitchen just because out of necessity for feeding the kids (and realising it's a bit unfair to call mum/nani to do it for them on a regular basis) they end up trying and learning. My other cousin's wife in Lahore doesn't cook cos' they have servants.

              Originally posted by zi-zizou View Post

              That's been going on for years! western sisters innit.
              The Lyme Disease pandemic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5u73ME4sVU

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              • Originally posted by neelu View Post
                It's not just a western phenomenon. Last time I was in Pakistan, my cousin in Lahore was asked by her dad to make a cup of tea and she didn't know how to do it. It could be because many middle and upper class families have servants to cook for them, or it could be because the mums are very territorial in the kitchen, or again, it could be because parents just want their kids to study and neglect teaching them about household chores or else they try but the kids aren't interested. Then again, both in the UK and in Pakistan, you get young women who start their marriages without a clue as to how to cook anything but then within five years and a couple of kids later, they become quite skilled in the kitchen just because out of necessity for feeding the kids (and realising it's a bit unfair to call mum/nani to do it for them on a regular basis) they end up trying and learning. My other cousin's wife in Lahore doesn't cook cos' they have servants.

                Generally speaking I have found the city girls in my family from Pakistan to be worse than any Western girl in terms of cooking/cleaning and general housekeeping.

                If you have one servant cooking, another cleaning, another washing up, another putting the clothes out to dry etc etc then what is there left for you to do and learn? Although I should stress the boys in these families are even worse ...

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                • Thought I'd visit this section

                  Less serious

                  Made prawn bhunaa Alhamdullilah.....

                  Too spicy otherwise it was ok

                  Got fresh king prawns and peeled them, it's a messy job but if you love prawn it's worth learning as you can get it cheaper opposed to the already peeled ones

                  Also, prawns don't take that long to cook and you can add them to any savoury dishes


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                  'Whatever it be wherein ye differ, the decision thereof is with Allah: such is Allah my Lord: In Him I trust, and to Him I turn.' The Holy Qu'ran Al Shura (Consultation)

                  So, which of the favours of your lord will you deny? ~ Surah Ar Rahman

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                  • Originally posted by Ya'sin View Post
                    Thought I'd visit this section

                    Less serious

                    Made prawn bhunaa Alhamdullilah.....

                    Too spicy otherwise it was ok

                    Got fresh king prawns and peeled them, it's a messy job but if you love prawn it's worth learning as you can get it cheaper opposed to the already peeled ones

                    Also, prawns don't take that long to cook and you can add them to any savoury dishes


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                    Have you tried the trick of soaking prawns in some water with Bicarb of soda mixed in before cooking?

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                    • Originally posted by _Ruby_ View Post

                      Have you tried the trick of soaking prawns in some water with Bicarb of soda mixed in before cooking?
                      Nope

                      Might try it
                      'Whatever it be wherein ye differ, the decision thereof is with Allah: such is Allah my Lord: In Him I trust, and to Him I turn.' The Holy Qu'ran Al Shura (Consultation)

                      So, which of the favours of your lord will you deny? ~ Surah Ar Rahman

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                      • Alhamdullilah recently I have been blessed with enjoying fresh mango lassi

                        This time of the year those honey mangoes, Alphonso mangoes are available.

                        (Don't know about the amount of pesticides used to grow them abroad or what they put in)

                        I use Greek youghurt and milk to blend it all up into a delicious drink, perfect for the summer.

                        (I used full fat milk because that's what the family drink, I'd probably use semi if I was at home but I think the former makes a slight difference to it's consistency).

                        I think this a good basic for those that want to feel like they have made something without buying from the shops, so definitely try it.

                        I used three small mangoes, two tablespoons of youghurt and enough milk to make it a smoothie (hard to measure but three large cups or so).

                        To add sugar to a healthy drink is a complete waste.

                        The mangoes are sweet enough (depends which ones you get)
                        'Whatever it be wherein ye differ, the decision thereof is with Allah: such is Allah my Lord: In Him I trust, and to Him I turn.' The Holy Qu'ran Al Shura (Consultation)

                        So, which of the favours of your lord will you deny? ~ Surah Ar Rahman

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                        • pesticides are used on mangoes and the vast majority of food crops that are not organic. I know a family friend and she can eat a chunk of mango without any problems, but if she tries to eat it the desi way (ie give her a slice of mango with the skin still on and she chews the flesh off the skin) then her lip swells up to twice its size. I think that's a pretty clear indication that the crop was sprayed with something.
                          The Lyme Disease pandemic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5u73ME4sVU

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                          • Originally posted by neelu View Post
                            pesticides are used on mangoes and the vast majority of food crops that are not organic. I know a family friend and she can eat a chunk of mango without any problems, but if she tries to eat it the desi way (ie give her a slice of mango with the skin still on and she chews the flesh off the skin) then her lip swells up to twice its size. I think that's a pretty clear indication that the crop was sprayed with something.
                            Organic does not always equate to pesticide free.

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                            • I can't remember if I've posted this recipe before but it's not even a real recipe in that it requires no cooking, it's just assembling some salad ingredients that go together well and yet it's such a refreshing and tasty meal for this time of year when you don't necessarily feel like hot or heavy dishes. For most of my life if someone said they were having "salad" for lunch, I'd think that's not a proper meal cos' it's a side dish and not filling enough and yet with the right combination of ingredients, it's actually the best thing to have and I'd highly recommend this one in particular. If you really think you can't cook at all, then I recommend trying this cos' anyone can do this and get your kids involved cos' it's good to start with something simple like this. Didi said this reminds her of chana chaat which makes sense:

                              https://barefootcontessa.com/recipes...egetable-salad

                              Edit: I did post this last year but felt it's worth posting again cos' it's just the right dish for this time of year. Also Zizou I agree with you; organic doesn't necessarily mean there are no pesticides, though I'd expect organic food to contain far lower levels of those sorts of chemicals than their non organic counterparts
                              Last edited by neelu; 23-07-18, 09:44 PM. Reason: posted same recipe last year
                              The Lyme Disease pandemic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5u73ME4sVU

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                              • I have terrible culinary skill. Unlike most peoples, mine went downhill as I got older. I think I was a better cook in my teenage years when both of my parents worked at different shift & I was babysitting my siblings. Mom still did 90% of the cooking but I had to make rice and when she didn't have time, dad would cook & he often brought me in the kitchen. Alhamdulilia my dad is a great teacher. All the cooking we (my siblings and I) learned is from my dad. My mom is a terrible teacher, she started yelling at before she teaches anything. But after marriage my cooking skill went out the door. I don't cook at all. And the little I do is usually healthy food that no one else wants to eat. I also realize different people/family have different taste & there is no such thing as "good food", it is just what you are used to & your taste bud.

                                Especially after watching my 2 nephews (a month apart) grow up to be little toddlers with personality of their own & seeing how different their taste/food preference is: one loves spicy food while the other only eats sweet food. there is so many different preference when it comes to food, I totally understand why most girls wait until they are married and have family to fine tune their cooking skill to specifically meet their family needs.

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                                • neelu
                                  neelu commented
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                                  I can relate. My mum is a great cook and does most of the cooking but she's not a good teacher. My dad is an average cook (who makes great biryani) but I learned most of my cooking from him cos' he was more patient about it and wouldn't expect me to figure out amounts of ingredients/spices on my own on my first try. My guess is you're not a bad cook it's just that at your in laws, they have different expectations when it comes to food which are probably different from your skillset.

                                • Kya
                                  Kya commented
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                                  Its not different expectation but different taste all together. It is still somewhat strange to my inlaws that the first thing I do in kitchen is grab cutting board and start cutting salad. Desi people don't value salad much but I like it & need it to be half my plate.

                                • neelu
                                  neelu commented
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                                  That's what brother Spartakos was like. I don't know if you've seen his threads or youtube vids, but salads formed a huge part of his diet- way more than you'd see in the UK. I guess it was the influence of the Mediterranean on him
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