“I always fantasized about saving the world when a crisis like this occurs, but here I am looking up procedures to bake a cake without a microwave,” said a friend on the phone, while describing his dismay. Even so, who am I to judge him on this, when almost each one of us has daydreamed (Of course! During the Math class) of saving our peers when the school building catches fire or an earthquake hits the place.
However, after a usual chinwag, I began to scroll down, in my head, the cooking videos I had witnessed thus far on social media platforms. TikTok, who is no more with us, brought in the trend of Dalgona coffee or Korean whipped coffee. As Dalgona whisked its way into our lives (see what I did there?), we welcomed and adored it, briefly though. My Instagram feed, in the days gone by, made me envy the fancy lifestyle of bloggers, hopping from one country to another, was now crammed with videos of homemade chocolate cakes, cookies, dumplings, soufflé pancakes to self-curated innovative recipes.
Over the years I have mastered the art of unearthing eateries that would deliver you anything, from Biryani to Pho, even at the wee hours of the day. And honestly, I was quite proud of it until cooking became the new cool. In no time, I found myself in the kitchen with my mobile phone resting against the wall, and a YouTube video titled, ‘How to fold the perfect dumplings’ playing on it. So, in the course of a fatal episode what is drawing us to the flames of the stove?
Cooking with the virtual community
People are rediscovering their old hobbies while they work-from-home or study-from-home amid the virus lockdown. Along with other art forms, culinary art is bringing us closer on virtual platforms. While we practice social distancing in our real life, social media is pulling us together with that one string
— gastronomic desires.
Guy Ramsay Fieri, an American restaurateur and author, rightly said, “Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together,” and I cannot agree more. Celebrities are taking to Instagram stories to share what’s cooking their kitchen, while chefs are bringing their masterpieces to us through the screen. Saransh Goila, an Indian chef, began a series on Instagram named #MorningswithGoila, wherein the viewers learn tips and tricks regarding food.
Cooking clips on social media are aesthetic and satisfying, hands down! Spending hours watching short videos of various styles of ramen is something at least I am guilty of. When the noodles in steaming broth get served with the beautiful sunny-side-up egg on top, it’s wholesome. Last week, the cravings went beyond a limit and I finally slurped up a bowl of self-made spicy ramen (I patted myself on the back for both the deeds). The more we watch something the deeper the imprint is on our mind. This may be one of the reasons we are eagerly learning how to French-cut the onions or make a not-so-lumpy pancake.
The flavorous lane to nostalgia
Nostalgia can make the memories appear more pleasant than they actually are and, in this context, maybe more delicious. We are spending a good deal of time at home and our parents have got a chance to stuff us with all the food that would probably leave us with a flab around the waist. We are playing along with it, once again, to enjoy the childhood favorites we missed so badly after leaving for university.
Not to forget, numerous people are stuck far away from their homes. While they get homesick, their mothers come to their rescue on video calls to guide them through the struggle of cooking one of her easiest recipes. Who knew that the novel coronavirus pandemic would get us in touch with our roots?
Cooking can be taxing as well as comforting. For some of us, it has proved to be the latter presently. Other than flexing on social media, a perfectly baked cake can also help you tackle the quarantine blues. When we cook, we engage all our senses in it, the simple act of chopping or stirring the sauce clutches our brain for the time being. Even if for a little while, we can stop feeling anxious about everything else to avoid spoiling our meal and get engrossed in the process. Science backs the concept of cooking as a mode of therapy.
Culinary art therapy is a widely popular practice to treat people with mental health issues. It is used as a means of communication and expression. Hence, in the times of collective distress people are turning to the basic human skill i.e.cooking.
What’s the world cooking?
Google revealed a list of the most searched recipes. Here they are:
- Banana bread
- Chocolate cake
- Pizza dough
- French toast
- Dalgona coffee
- Carrot cake
- Fried rice
- Chicken breast
Be taught by the experts
If you haven’t already set out on finding the inner chef in you, it’s never too late. Here are some culinary artists you can follow to get the daily updates on the ‘food news.’