Home Kitchen

The kitchen!

The kitchen, possibly the most palatable word for humanity since time immemorial, is the place where we rest our absolute confidence and the needs linked to hunger for the daily supply of our dishes, the more delicious the dishes, the greater the anticipation and satisfaction of the trust. . Home is where the kitchen is, that is, here we invariably refer to the kitchen that every home has. From the steaming cup of tea in bed in the morning to the last bites of dinner, we lovingly follow the activities in the kitchen, every day. Kitchen aromas or fragrances, regardless of whether they come from our own kitchen or from neighbors’ kitchens, never cease to energize us in the moments leading up to the final acts of eating or devouring or swallowing. When guests are around, more delicacies are cooked and … well, those are the heavenly moments that most of us must have experienced or still enjoy life.

At the risk of being branded as a macho or misogynist, we must say here that somehow ladies always rule supreme in the kitchen, and under normal circumstances they greatly enjoy their authority. This fact of life must be rooted in the traditional way of life, with special reference to India. In ancient times, the father or the head of the family used to work in the fields, in factories or in offices, and the housewife wife took care of all the domestic tasks, including the most important task of cooking. As their children grow older, the father seeks their help in the workplace and, in the case of the girls, the mother seeks their help in cooking and cleaning. Therefore, ladies gain experience in cooking from a very young age.

Males show a variety of feelings towards cooking, whether in ancient or modern times. Some of them have a keen interest in cooking and sincerely help their wives when the need arises or not, constantly bragging about their cooking skills. And other males constantly brag about their utter ignorance about cooking, hoping to elicit sympathetic laughter from their male companions through this rather discriminatory sentiment. For the later variety of men, women react hostilely, for obvious reasons. And, of course, the ladies continue to assert their authority in the kitchen zone: throwing at the males for dirtying the kitchen or dirtying their undamaged kitchen utensils and all, forgetting, unfortunately, to appreciate how well the males prepared. dishes. Obviously, chaos would ensue if the items were unsightly.

The kitchen is also a potential area for conflicts of various kinds. The most serious conflict occurs when there is more than one authorized lady in the house: as when a daughter-in-law enters the home, the established mother-in-law would normally resist any kind of interference in her favorite area, and at the same time, she may complain that the daughter-in-law is useless and doesn’t want to help her in the kitchen at all; the daughter-in-law may deftly keep trying and may or may not be able to seal her parallel authority in the kitchen, and should she fail to fulfill her role, she will also bitterly complain of an utter lack of freedom and faith. In the Indian joint family system of the past, all the inhabitants used to constantly concentrate on how to maintain the policy of free and peaceful cooking. Although we tend to feel that this kind of political cooking is a universal phenomenon, we should not ignore another fact of a lot of glorious exceptions being alive and cooking.

The modern style of nuclear families has achieved pioneering results in making the kitchen totally private and totally free of politics, whoever the cook is, male or female. However, some ignorant men who discriminate feel that the syndrome of an extremely privatized kitchen has robbed dishes of the taste for lip smacking. The hiring of cooks and the emergence of food aggregators have further impacted the basic attributes of a kitchen. Again, this is not a generalized scenario, the essential kitchen still exists in all its charms in various homes of various styles and standards.

It has also been proven nationally that continued exposure to cooking leads to the creation of boredom, anger and frustration in cooks. In ancient times, eating outdoors was almost a crime, and all family members who went out had to leave only after having a full belly, even if it was five in the morning, and they were allowed to take food from outside. as an extreme. emergency. Now things have changed drastically. Eating outdoors has become a way of life: according to the “exposure” phenomenon, all cooks, male or female, must go to a restaurant at least once a week. Again, there are exceptions. Some people, predominantly picky males, still prefer or demand only homemade food, on the dining room table and office tiffin boxes.

In fact, the months spent at home during the pandemic had greatly contributed to raising the importance of cooking and home cooking, whether you like it or not. Conflicts of various kinds were also created in view of the phenomenon of “exposure” and the annoyances of cooking such as washing utensils and cleaning the kitchen. Conflict is not new to humanity and therefore conflicts of any kind cannot in any way undermine the importance of cooking to humanity. The kitchen must live for the life and sustenance of human beings, body and soul. A hungry body also makes the soul tremble, not me, say the experts.

Another universal truth begins to attract attention: the moment you see the ladies (not necessarily ladies) enter the kitchen, you become unbearably expectant and feel the pains without being hungry.

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