Masterchef Feels – Sometimes?

July 26, 2017

Posted: September 28, 2016, 7:39pm

One thing that I was genuinely worried about when I started school at USC was how am I going to cook for myself? I had never cooked. Well, a few lessons from mom did save me from the imminent hunger.

As soon as I moved into my house, I was really excited. I would finally be able to cook for myself and make all the dishes that I liked. Turned out, excitement was not enough to be able to cook. Let’s just say the first few weeks did not turn out too well.

My curious brain decided to experiment with all the spices and ingredients that I could lay my hands on. The first week, my food tasted unusual but I chose to ignore it, thinking it was so because I had never eaten food that was prepared by me. One fine day, I open the kitchen cabinet and there it was, the culprit of my tasteless food, an unopened box of salt *major facepalm*! Just a pinch of salt in your food does make a lot of difference. The subsequent days, as things would normally happen with someone cooking for the first time, I burnt my food, added extra salt and sometimes made the food really bland.

But, Skype sessions with mom while cooking did make me a better cook as time went by. I decided to write down all the basic recipes given by mom. Finally, I was able to make few of my favorite dishes that turned out to be pretty tasty and I felt really happy.

Now, I can confidently say that I cook well. Also, being a graduate student, I have mastered the art of cooking tasty dishes without having to spend too much time on them.

Published on July 26th, 2017

Last updated on August 10th, 2017