I really admire those people who put up gorgeous food pictures online. The food looks absolutely delish and you just sit there gazing wistfully at your screen, wishing for technology that can make instant access possible. And I admire those people even more who happen to be working mothers – all mothers are working mothers – but the ones with little kids to look after. Still amazing food pics. Totally beyond me.
Lately, I have been wanting to share recipes of the foods that I have cooked in recent times. That’s a good thing right? Not so much especially when I too am the victim of “Let’s compare food pics” syndrome. Ever heard of the “Feeing inadequate due to airbrused, digitally skinny, having spent two hours in makeup women” syndrome? (Think magazines.) Well, it’s a little bit like that, except you are judging yourself on your cooking and not your looks. In both cases it ends up stirring feelings of being a complete loser.
Why don’t we realize that these people/chefs do this professionally. (And that’s why I said earlier that I am in awe of mothers who do this as a hobby). This is like – their job. They are trained to cook and present beautifully. Why would even we try to compete with that.
When a dish turns out to be something really good, I should grab my camera and take a few shots, right? Wrong! When I am about to serve these dishes, its highly likely that my kids are crying out of hunger, and husband out of impatience. There is literally no time to serve it up all pretty and take some nice photos. If I do snap a few quick ones, they look like if a 5 year old has taken them. Or worse, the food has been cooked and plated up by one. The one who will not even go past the first round of Junior Masterchef. So yes, I am never happy with my food pictures and none of my food pics make it online.
It’s ludicurous to expect to have 5 more minutes before dinner time when my family can’t even wait for 5 seconds. It’s exactly like there are tons of pics of kids in everyday clothes however hardly any when all of you get dressed to go out. You never seem to have those extra 5 minutes at the end. No extra time to clean up the kitchen if you want to take some photos there, or serve it up in your best plate. No time to actually pretty up the dish itself, I often skip the garnishing when serving food at home. If you are like me, forever needing to feed a starving army of people, you worry about serving food that is edible, not that is presented beautifully.
So I am posting pictures of few things that were an absolute hit with my family. There was gone as soon as I served them and people were screaming for more. Never mind they have bits n pieces which take away from the (?) perfection. I’d rather have the drool factor from my family, they were too busy gobbling it all up to notice anything else. Enjoy.