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Fish Recipes, Grilled Aubergine, The Importance Of Cooking And Men In The Kitchen

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In today’s modern day society, cooking is an act that is often not associated with the male. Cooking is however an art, a science and activity that each one of us should indulge in. This feature takes a look at the importance of cooking for humans, suggests that there should be more men in the kitchen and ends with two recipes that can be made by anyone.

RJ Pallavii points to a phenomenon that many of us have experienced at some point of our lives; Cooking can sometimes be very liberating. Infact as celebrity yoga instructor Kristin Mcgee points out, Cooking like Yoga is a meditative process and if you can stay present and focused on chopping, stirring, prepping, etc., the experience can be a wonderful way to relax and make delicious meals for your self and your loved ones. Cooking in-fact has excellent therapeutic potential and provides value physically, cognitively, socially and intrapersonally.

Being a cook is infact the world’s oldest profession, according to a 2011 study released by Harvard University. Cooking, the Harvard scientists contend, is the mother of all evolutionary advantages. It set humans on a path of divergence from and dominion over other apes, proto-humans and, eventually, other species. Eating cooked food, or processing food in other ways, such as grinding, pounding, blending, did two things for our hominid ancestors, who until then spent hours chewing food. First, it gave them time to think, reason, socialise, discover and invent. Second, it gave them energy in concentrated, more nutritious form, in a way raw food could not.

The extra time and energy encouraged bonding of male and female, creation of the household, the sexual division of labour, and growth of the human brain. With this big brain, humans out-thought other species. Teeth and jaws shrunk. Our canines and molars are a shadow of what they once were and what our modern cousins, the great apes, possess. The rates at which teeth-size dropped offer clues to the rise of cooking. You might say that humanity was launched by an ape that learnt to cook. So if at all any species needs to be good at cooking, its the male.

Moreover women find men who can cook to be much more attractive than men with awesome bodies and no cooking skills. So if you are a single male who is reading this, its time to brush up your dating skills and impress them with some fabulous cooking. To help you with the same we present two recipe’s from Samar Harlarnkar’s book “The Married Man’s Guide to Creative Cooking” which is aimed at bringing more men in the kitchen.

Fish In White Wine And Fennel Sauce

A Yummy Fish Recipe - Men In The Kitchen Can Make Really Simple Dishes Which Are Also Tasty

Ingredients

  • 500 gm Fish (Surmai, Kingfish, Fillets)
  • Juice of One Lemon, 1/2 tablespoon fresh ground Black Pepper, 2 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon Butter, 7-8 crushed Garlic Flakes
  • 2-3 tablespoon Fennel (Saunf) seeds, freshly roasted and pounded into powder
  • 1/2 cup White Wine, 2 large Tomatoes pureed
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar, salt to taste and Red Chili flakes as per spiciness required

Method

Wash the fish and drain all water. Mix lime juice with fish, sprinkle with salt and fresh ground pepper and set aside for one hour. Thereafter, fry the fish gently in olive oil in a non-stick pan just before it goes brown. Set aside.

In the same pan, lower the heat, melt the butter, add a little olive oil and fry the garlic and fennel powder for 2-3 minutes. Stir in white wine so that the ingredients undergo reduction. Add the tomatoes, sugar and salt and give it a stir. Add the chili flakes (if you must) and saute for 1-2 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Arrange the fish in a warmed serving platter. Spoon the sauce over and serve.

Grilled Aubergine in Mint-Cinnamon sauce

Grilled Aubergine Recipe - Men In The Kitchen Can Make Really Simple Dishes Which Are Also Tasty

Ingredients

  • 1 big Eggplant (Brinjal), about 400 gm, or 3-4 long Eggplants
  • 300 gm Yogurt, 1/2 tablespoon Honey
  • 2 tablespoon mint leaves (Pudina), finely chopped, 1 tablespoon parsley finely chopped
  • 4 Garlic Cloves finely chopped, 2 tablespoon chopped Black Olives
  • 1/4 tablespoon Cinnamon Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil, salt to taste

Method

Whip the yogurt with a fork until its smooth. Add all the ingredients, except the eggplant and parsley, and mix well. Set aside. Slice the eggplants really thin and lay them on absorbent paper. Sprinkle salt on the slices and once the water leaches out, pat them dry.

Grill the slices in an oven heated to 175 degrees centigrade or on a hot grill pan with a little olive or sesame oil. When cooked, arrange the slices on a plate. Pour yogurt sauce over them. Dress with parsley and chopped olives.

That’s it, two simple recipes which when cooked with attention and presented well can impress most people. In today’s digital age, Cooking has never been simpler.

Checkout our Food and Recipes section for more recipes and interesting features related to food. If you do decide to give the above recipes a try then do let us know how they turned out.