Get in a Good company of 5 people.

It was just yesterday I watched the Avengers. I’m sure many of you have seen it already.

Amazing what few good people can get together and do.

Get in a good company of 5 people, why? This is kind of similar theory like the Avengers, but with a different twist. Avengers were put together in order to defeat the impossible for the mankind alone. While this theory is to bring the best within yourself.

For example let’s say you want to turn into a vegetarian but find it impossible. Then you find 5 other vegetarians. Sit down and eat a few meals with them; talk to them; try to fit in. It will help you have ideas how to get over meat cravings or come up with vegetarian recipes. What happens here is, alone you were not being able to stay vegetarian, no matter how hard you tried. But now in order to fit in, you kind of have to lift yourself up a little bit to a certain level in order to be part of the group.

Same goes for workout resolutions or achieving any other sort of goals as a hobby. If you wish to be a daily blogger you should try to get in touch with other 5 daily bloggers. You will often end up reading or figuring out how they end up having ideas to publish something new and when there is a promise to keep you will act for sure.

So, getting in a good company always lifts you higher from good to better and eventually will lead you to be the best before you even notice it. Get it? Well, then start trying it.

Impact of cooking on your physical and mental health

Yes, cooking does effect your physical and mental health. You must be wondering how does it effect mentally? It is not very tough to realize that. I am a cook. I do not possess the knowledge from a psychologist who has a good office in uptown for over 15 years, but I do hold the experience of serving over a few thousand plates and memories of bitter sweet experiences from each of their feedback.

 

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This effect works 2 ways. First while you engage yourself in cooking your own health that gets effected initially. Second but even more important, what you pass others through your plate. 

When you get involved in cooking you are equipping yourself with the most amazing gift of “senses”. You are looking at ingredients full of vibrant colors; you smell the most incredible creations of nature; you taste the juiciest and the freshest product grown from somewhere as close as your hands are reaching to the place you only have dreamed of going someday. You can enjoy hearing that sizzling sound while you lay your breaded fish in a pan with hot oil and touch that steak to feel the doneness. You are overall involved with all 5 of your senses while you are cooking. And let me also help you understand this while you are already putting all these 5 senses to work, you are also challenged to think ahead what colours and shapes of the ingredients you have to put together in order to create that eye appealing presentation and umami. This, altogether is what putting your 6th sense to challenge. 

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As we are not only active with all our six senses, we are also putting our heart and soul on the plate. We are passing the same feeling we are dealing with in that moment. “YES IT IS IMPORTANT TO ENJOY COOKING”. Chef Marcus Wareing mentions in his book “HOW TO COOK PERFECT” that enjoy cooking and the food will taste good for you. It is the food that will do its job, if you do your part. Chef Gordon Ramsay passes an important message through his book, that is eat less but eat well. It is very important the quality of the food that you eat. It is obvious we all cannot afford the finest and freshest organic berries in our dessert but do the best you can is the zest of that message. 

While I am sharing some thoughts of a modern day cooking heroes I must mention an impressive ancient saying I have heard in India while growing up is “you become what you eat”. This is more related to the vegetarian way of eating. You become what you eat kind of relates to the belief that if you eat an animal you will become an animal. Just to make it clear I must not say if you eat vegetable, you become a vegetable as it may sound funny in some sense if you think about it. The message is that eat healthy, eat well, eat quality, eat food that would energize you and feeds your body as well as your soul. 

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Make sure you put lots of love in your food. Remember, enjoy cooking and serve some love not just food. Cooking is a talent like singing or dancing. Many people claim to have it but it is tough to find it and nurture it to its best, and those who succeed can only realize what it really takes to cook good. There is a reason your grandma’s cooking was appreciated more than your professional culinary degree. What may be missing on your plate is “LOVE”; the feel of all the senses; the interest to be standing in front of that heat on your feet to make sure someone else gets what they paid for whether being time or money. 

Cooking and eating directly works on your physical health, but indirectly the impact it leaves on your mental health is of a higher degree.

ENJOY COOKING !!! 

Talk about Willingness and Survival

Every time we would have a busy night at work, all of us would get out of the kitchen together and meet at the bar next door for a nice chilled pint of beer. And then go to Charlie’s the only amazing place to have the best fish and chips. Charlie only opened his small store after 6pm every night till midnight. Within 6 hours he would make big money. Only reason he could do that, was his consistent smile and quality he would serve his customers. People would line up outside his store from 4.30pm to eat there. Chef Gray told me once, Charlie was the best example I can study over “willingness”. Chef Gray strongly believed that he succeeded because he was willing. He knew Charlie since 1997. When he first opened his store he had a few assortments on the menu that he used to cook. Still he barely had 10 people eating in one evening at his store. For over 7 months he kept on with the same low business. Chef told me he used to observe that Charlie would keep changing his recipes or daily specials to come up with new creations. Only thing that kept Charlie going was his willingness to succeed. Over a period of few months Charlie figured out what his customers like and today Charlie is only serving Fish and Chips and he has at least 150 people eating at his store in a single evening. He never advertises for his business. He only keeps the quality consistent. He delivers the same quality every day. He is willing to greet his customers with that same broad smile; he is willing to cook; he is willing to keep that passion for cooking at the best and knows just how to have his team keep up with it too.

 

That night walking back home was different. I was thinking of Chef Gray and Charlie who are setting good example for people like me who are starting to climb the first few steps in the ladder of their career. I thought of appreciating these people by thinking “may be there could be a book about them and lot of others out there may get inspired by their work”. My writer brain was trying to wake up. I was growing tired of my head trying to figure out what book to write, yet it was keeping me entertained. I started thinking it is not about what you end up doing or where you end up going, it is more about having fun doing it or getting there. You just have to be in the moment and enjoy what you are doing no matter what would be the final result. Living is easy, tough part is not to let it turn into survival. There is a thin line between living and surviving. I often recognize people without passion as survivals in this world. If you have no smile, no fun, no passion that you live for you are not really living. Life comes with breathing; with feeling. Moments pass by you quickly, you have to capture every moment and turn it into something great, something memorable, and something amazing. Then you can feel that you are alive and you are living, and not surviving like some of us are.