Mother’s Day is over and so is the overt sentimentality associated with it. Mothers are back to work doing their regular chores. The gifts are stashed away in the almirah and the drudgery in the kitchen has resumed. Questions like “what should be cooked for dinner or what will you have for breakfast” are back as the food ordered on your mom’s special day has been polished off. So, how are you going to make your mom special for the rest of the 364 days of the year? Or will you wait for another Mother’s Day to display your love for your mom?
According to a research data, mothers spend nearly 3 years of their lives in kitchen. That is a huge time in a lifespan, considering most of this time spent is not out of choice, but compulsion because she might be a journalist, doctor, engineer, civil servant or teacher, but still she is the official cook of the family.
So, while you can’t do much about your mother working in kitchen, make it interesting for her by adding some spice to the daily drudgery by introducing her to the latest food and kitchen trends.
On her birthday do not order a cake, but a water drop! Sounds crazy? But actually it is the latest craze now. Mizu Shingen Mochiood or Japanese raindrop cake is a bubble dessert that looks and tastes like a drop of water. It gets its look and texture from agar powder dissolved in water. She might not so much appreciate the taste, but the curiosity about how the cake is made will floor her!
Tell her to ditch the regular bharta and try Guacamole: Roasting brinjal on an open flame is messy. Why not go for something way more healthy, tasty and easy to make? Tell her to try Guacamole this weekend. It is made with avocados and serves as a perfect dip or filling for chapatti roll. This super healthy dip whose origin is traced to the Mexican Aztecs, can be made by mashing ripe avocadoes and mixing it with lemon juice, chopped garlic, sea salt, tomato, onion and pepper. Dubbed as world’s healthiest food, avocados are good for heart, have anti-ageing and anti-cancer properties, are rich in vitamins, minerals and aid in weight loss.
Show her how to eat water: Drinking plain water is a passe! Now you can eat your water and stay healthy. Show your mom the benefit of detox water that she can make in her own kitchen. All she has to do is to add a few slices of lemon and cucumber, a sprig of mint, a few leaves of basil in chilled water and drink it through the day. Just keep replacing the water with more!
Why she must eat out of a jar: Mason jars and regular jars are so much in vogue that you must get your mom replace her regular dinner ware with these. Mason jars that come fitted with a cover are easy to carry and save the effort of covering it with a coaster. She can also make a style statement by carrying it to work. Eating out of jars is stylish and convenient. She can make pasta/salad/biryani/soup and put it in the jar and refrigerate. In the morning all she has to do is to carry the jar to work. Being made of glass they are free from harmful chemicals and easy to heat in the microwave! Also easy to clean!
Use pea shoots to garnish food: Coriander and mint are no longer the hot garnishing favourites. Pea shoots are the most sought-after greens now. They grow fast, are delicious and are rich in vitamin C, A and protein and hence deserve a place in your mom’s kitchen. If she is a health conscious person, she will love to use these healthy shoots in her soups and salads.
Awaken her to low-temperature cooking: Indian food is so much about high temperature cooking that most of the nutrients are killed in the process. It does not require any special utensils and all that is needed is to maintain low temperature. It takes longer than usual time for cooking but then, there is no fear of food being burnt so it can be left unattended for a while and also most of the nutrition is retained by the food apart from tasting delicious.