i get into something & i just HAVE to ride it until it burns out. a few weeks ago i began to obsess over the idea of curry & how many cultures have it. when you think of curry, it goes way beyond india. i began with the thai curry, it was fun treasure hunting for ingredients. for some reason i switched gears & began to focus on a cuisine i’ve been afraid of long before visiting the country. i’m officially obsessed with indian food. the idea that i can make it and actually like it is something i still can not get over. i just think & think & think about it. i carry around a notepad in my travels & jot down ideas.
kerala style chicken fry
like a grocery list. i have to make it all & then some. and i have to return to paneer because paneer butter masala was on the “list”
here’s some of my japanese obsessive phase
i made over 15 items, which is not a big deal in japanese cuisine. many things are instant, like kombu, kimchee & umeboshi. the bao is steamed, but i did do gyoza. hundreds of them because it takes a LOT of practice. worth the effort, believe me. and of course maki rolls. something else you have to practice a lot. when i was making this food, i felt similarities to other japanese arts, especially origami. intricate skills, and lots & lots & lots of patience. the way the food looks is very important in that culture as well.
i really think it’s possible to experience culture simply by learning to cook food.