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Life, Cooking and Lessons!


Life ! (Picture courtesy: Google images!)
We cook everyday. Some days are good, a few bad. And then, a few other is all special. Today, I have been through some deeper thoughts. While cooking pasta, was watching the veggies all cook together with the spices. A thought struck me. It just made perfect sense to relate that to life.

Our life is also like cooking a new recipe. We are all like those different ingredients. Ingredients won't really be good and tasty as it is. Except for a very few ones, all ingredients will taste better when blended with others. It is just like blending our thoughts and minds with meeting new people around and forming new bonds. I look at this part of meeting and forging new relationships as the form of making delicious and scrumptious recipes!  We could picture each of us with a nature that could be related to say, spices, veggies, greens, fruits, herbs, proteins, and what not?

When we cook together, each ingredient brings out its strength and the other tries to camouflage the weakness and thus bringing out new flavors and taste.  It is like forming relationships. Sometimes, it is awesome and an instant hit and other times, the worst nightmare! That is what happens at times. Compare it with even marriage- that is what happens when we start a family. We think we have the right person or family. It may or may not be right. It also depends when we meet and how we meet (equating that to the temperature, expiry dates and others!). We need the essentials like oil, salt, sugar and pepper to help make the recipes. I equate these essentials to the very essentials in life such as, love, smiles, memories, words, honesty, hope, trust, truth and others. Thus, blending in all these with the right ingredients helps us shape a perfect (or rather a great) recipe for life !  Of course, you could say that its all in the hands of a cook to make or break a recipe. We can be considered cooks ourselves, but more so, I would compare it with the Almighty. If we look at how we end up meeting people (or rather, choosing ingredients), we do get to choose some people but we don't get to choose a few others like our parents, siblings, relatives or even children. They all just happen right? We are meant to be related to these people or rather ingredients. It actually can be also connected to the "Chopped" show in Food Network channel.  They are given some recipes and allowed to take some extra and based on whatever they have and whatever they can choose from the available lot, they end up making a lovely delicious new recipe. So, if we consider them in our life and our recipe, we need to adjust, sometimes try and form new recipes! We as one of the ingredient should try to bring out our best so that even if the rest doesn't get along and blend to form a good taste, may be we can try to bring our best and make it an edible and tasty one. And, trust me, sometimes we tend to be that one ingredient which people don't appreciate its worth but can't live without too and end up using it only for their use. However, all that matters is not losing our worth and being a wonderful ingredient (person-inside out) that can't be forgotten and will be appreciated at least eventually.  Don't y'all agree?

Another analogy that I saw while cooking was that it is like the hard and nice life. If we imagine us cooking on a hot stove, isn't it like the hardships that we face as we evolve ? Sometimes, for a few those hardships are interesting and actually fun. It could be burning hot, super cold like a blast chiller or even blanching- sudden rush of hot and then cold! However, that is how life helps us shape better! 

Well, anyways, hope the recipes I cook (or am a part of ) are all healthy and delicious! I wish the same for you guys too!

Anyways, hope life is not just bland and is spicy,sweet, sour and happy !

Take care.
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