Monday, December 9, 2013

My Personal Journey with Food

I am taking part in the Write Tribe Festival Of Words 8th - 14th December 2013

So here's my personal journey with "Food"

"If you cook with love and care, then the food will give you back love and care".

My son said these words to me a few days ago when I asked him if the noodles I had cooked for him turned out okay. I must've cooked with love and care as he said they were yummy (Looks heavenward and thanks God).

Each morning I wake up early and prepare lunch for my son. When he was little he said to me one day, "Mom, you make the best sandwiches ever". I told him I could teach him to make the sandwiches the way I did then he could have the best sandwiches all the time. To which he promptly answered, "They wouldn't taste the same because they won't have your love and care" (clever boy - he sure knows how to grease).

And both these incidents made me think that it doesn't really matter how simple or fancy your dish is. It is really the love and care that goes into it that makes it special.

When I cook I always sing or hum a tune. "Why do you always sing?" my son asks. Because that makes me happy and it makes me cook with love and care.

So here I share with you my favourite dish that I make with a lot of love and care and one that never fails to please no matter where I dish it up - my chicken salad.

Easy to make and yummy to eat.

Ingredients:
Boiled shredded chicken, boiled peas, boiled potatoes cubed into small pieces, apples, grapes = all in equal proportion (1 cup each)
Shredded raw cabbage = double the proportion of the others  (2 cups)
Salt and Sugar to taste
Creamy Mayonnaise - to individual taste

You can add some walnuts and raisins for more texture and flavour.
Sometimes I add some cherry tomatoes.
If you're vegetarian, leave out the chicken and add some beetroot.
If you don't like chicken, you can substitute it with tuna.
Mix them all up together, chill and serve.

My chicken salad, made with a lot of love and care and singing.


Join me tomorrow on my next personal journey with Books.

My Personal Journey so far:

Check out some Day 2 posts 

Last festival the thing I enjoyed most was paying it forward by showcasing some posts I enjoyed. 
So here are some day 1 posts I really enjoyed:
Rekha's Memories - The Mahabharata and Ramayana twists are just too cute.
Gayu's Memories - A lovely poem. Each line triggered a memory for me.
Privy's Memories - Another beautiful poem that touches the soul

Have a scrumptious day.

Warm Regards
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58 comments:

  1. Suzy this is a sweet little post. I loved your son's remarks that what ever you make turns out to be tasty. Cute boy.

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    1. Thanks Usha. Yes, he's a sweet kid and clever too.

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  2. loved your chicken salad. and my son too loves the way I cook for him. H e plants a kiss and says , ÿou are the best mama in the world". and I say to him"tell the same line when I am angry."
    children are very sweet.

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    1. Thanks Kalpana - yes true say that when we're angry. Children are ever so sweet.

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  3. I too believe in cooking with love. Cos that's why mother's turn out to be the best cook's in the world. And that one looks easy so definitely I'm gonna try out. :)

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    1. Thanks Sheethal - yep this is easy to make. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.

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  4. my mom always says that.............cook with love and ur cooking will be the best :)

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    1. Hi Bhagyashree - your mom is a wise lady.

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  5. "If you cook with love and care, then the food will give you back love and care" any post which starts with this line has to be a good one :D and your son, he truly is a cute, smart and clever kid, isn't he. Just knows the right buttons to push to get his mom to give him a little extra love and care in the form of food he likes.

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    1. Thanks Jairam. He sure knows how to butter that bread. However, having done things with love and care for him, the same comes back - when I ask him to do something, he does it with love and care.

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  6. Well said, you can taste the difference when food is prepared with love!! That's a wonderful salad... will try it out!

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    1. Thanks Shilpa. It's my favourite salad. Hope you like it too.

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  7. Oh yes happy hearts lead to yummy cooking leads to happy fed faces! Your son is so cute an smart! No one could have said it any better :) the recipe looks so good and also very healthy...will surely try out soon!

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    1. Thanks Aditi. Yes, he's a sweet kid. I hope you enjoy the salad as I do.

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  8. How right you are about cooking with love and care. I started cooking seriously only after my kids were born and miraculously they like my cooking even though I know I'm not a great cook.

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    1. I think kids like our cooking even if we aren't good cooks. Mom's are special.

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  9. It was touching reading the intro of your post. It surely is the love that makes the food more tastier.And the dish looks wonderful ,my son gonna love this! Good to be here on your site..

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    1. Thanks Soumyav. Welcome to my site.

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  10. Your son is soo cute :)

    This was a very lovely read I was smiling all the way till the end as I saw some snippets of my life here.. Me and my mom <3

    And yes thank you so much for that tag at the end!! :)

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  11. Love and care – what a difference they can make to food – and to everything else we do. Your chicken salad seems yummy, I'm going to try it out soon. Thanks for sharing and not just the recipe, Suzy! :)

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    1. Thanks Corinne. Hope you like it as much as I do.

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  12. I totally agree with your son. No one can beat the taste food prepared by Mom. It is not just the ingredients but as you rightly mention it is the love and affection with which it is prepared. Also thanks for sharing a nice recipe.

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    1. Thanks Padmanabha. My pleasure to share.

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  13. Awww. Such a sweet post. I loved what your son said about your cooking. It has given me a new appreciation for when I cook and bake. I will try and approach it with an attitude of love and caring instead of looking at it as a chore which I often do when I don't feel like cooking or I'm busy doing something else. And I will sing and hum like you do. That should really make the food taste better!

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    1. Thanks Cat. Cooking is not one of my passions either so yes a little song helps the chore along.

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  14. Suzy I agree with your son. Love and care can make a simple dish such as a salad taste yummy. If these two basic ingredients are missing the dish however rich in nutrients and value ( cost) can turn out to be a flop. Lovely post.

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    1. Thanks Geeta. It's almost as if the food comes alive.

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  15. How sweet that your son noticed the extra secret ingredient of love!

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    1. Yes, he's a smart kid. Thanks Robyn.

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  16. No wonder Mom's dishes turn out so yummy! This post made me smile thinking of my mom who also hums while she is cooking

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    1. Nice Maithili. it just makes the food joyful I think.

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  17. Such a cute post!! your son is absolutely right!!
    I too cook simple dishes and sing while I'm cooking!! and its usually a booty dance when I'm making rotis!! :D

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    1. Thanks Mytakeoneverything. Glad you liked my post. Lol I'm sure the rotis would be rockin'

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  18. being a vegetarian will look for an optional in those sandwiches. but, i agree that love is an essential ingredient :)

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    1. Thanks Ruchira. The salad is pretty versatile - you can create your own combo.

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    1. Thanks Talya. He's a pretty cool kid.

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  20. This looks so incredibly good Suzy! I am bookmarking this page to my recipes folder. Going to have to try it! YUM! ♥

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    1. Thanks Kathy. Hope you find it as yummy as I do.

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  21. That's so sweet of your son....and I truly agree with him...Mom's have thissspecial gift from God...they can make anything special with their love <3 <3
    Thanks so much for the special mentio here! Means a lot <3

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    1. Thanks Gayu. You are welcome. Loved your post.

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  22. I completely agree with emotions impacting the food. I will try out this recipe too.

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    1. Thanks Sugandha. Hope you like it as much as I do.

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  23. "If you cook with love and care, then the food will give you back love and care."
    That is so true. I just love food cooked by my Mom because that tasted much much better than what I cook. It definitely has something to do with the love and affection. You little man seems to be pretty wise! :-)
    I'll try your salad recipe sometime soon. Thank you for sharing! And hey, than you for the mention. :-)

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    1. Thanks Rekha. He's a smart and very sweet kid. You are welcome, enjoyed your post.

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  24. Your son is a genius. And yes, we all do have an emotional connection with food, on different levels. Lovely post and I'll be sure to try our your recipe :)

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    1. Thanks Sid. He's a pretty cool kid. Hope you will like the salad as much as I do.

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  25. love and care..that's so true. After getting married last year, I now cook for six people. And when they say it tastes good..it really seems to be worth it :)

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    1. Thanks Natasha. Yes, it feels good to be appreciated. Happy cooking.

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  26. love how simple and easy the dish is, yet my tummy is grumbling cos it looks so yummy :D And yes, your son learned the fine art of buttering his mom early on :D

    My prompt: http://www.godyears.net/2013/12/the-chemeen-chor.html

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    1. Yes Roshan, he knows how to lay on the charm. The dish is easy and can be made at short notice as well.

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  27. Lovely post suzy. ..and children are very perceptive... aren't they? Loved the recipe...will give it a shot. :)

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    1. Thanks Preethi. Yes they are very perceptive.

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  28. I firmly believe that anything you do cooking included is always augmented (or not) based on your feelings for them. And yes kids always forever enjoy mother's cooking. :-)

    Richa

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    1. That's true Richa. Our attitude to what we do determines how well it turns out.

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