Sunday, January 11, 2009

India Trip 1 : Kitchen and cookware

Oh, I have sooo many food related news to share, but oh so little time! Making new year resolution has never been a big thing for me. Long time ago, Vik and I made a list of things we would like to do (achieve) in our lifetime, and we both agree not to get too excited and keep coming up with new list each new year, ya know? Though, I wonder if I should add to that list : Blog more often! :)

One tiny new wish for this year is to be tad taking photos in public! I admire those who click away over dishes in dining places, wherever that may be. Fancy or street hawkers. I am terrified in doing so, worrying whether I am disturbing other patrons, etc. Maybe I am just being chicken!! Here I am, wishing I have taken more food related photos while vacationing. Argh!

Anyways, so yeah, our trip to India. Before the trip, I knew that I'd have to take some photos of kitchen. Growing up, we traveled quite often and my dad always made the point of eating whatever local eats. He believes that it's one way of learning the culture, if not the most important way, that is. As my love for food deepens, cookware and cooking technique become somewhat of interest. To study not only on how and what local eats, but the scene behind it all before the food being set on the table.

At that, wouldn't be fun if all bloggers post their kitchen and utensils in their blog?!

The first two photos are taken at Vik's aunt's kitchen. The shallow round ones, standing on their own slots or compartments are used for eating. Of course, there are regular plates too - glass/ceramic kind, but these are more commonly used in household. I think it's neat how they store it. Small tin bowls on the top shelf are for dhal, curry, etc. The few bigger ones on the first shelf and top-side shelves are for cooking.

Most pantry I have been and seen are sorta walk-in type, like shown in the photos. Spices, lentils, flour, sweets and snacks.

This utensils photo is taken at in law's kitchen and I am kicking myself for not taking more photos of other utensils!! Again, most kitchen I 'visited' - there is always a rack like that to hang their cooking utensils. There is even one that is designed to store silverware.

And these stainless steel - copper bowls are what I bought. They are used mostly in restaurants and lemme tell ya, hunting them out was quite a trip! See, I wanted decorated handles. Most market/shops carry ones with plain handles. After quite of struggle, hopping from one market to another. I found them in below market in Ahmedabad. Oh, I love riding the rickshaw. Vik hated it. But that's the whole point of traveling, I think. To mingle and simply to absorb the surrounding.

Vik: Oh gosh, taking video?!! You are acting like a tourist.
Me: What do you mean?! I AM A TOURIST!!

Each strip in the market is dedicated to certain things: poojas (praying items), spices, cookwares, etc. Instead of fixed price, the bowls were being weighed on a scale and priced according to its weight. I was hoping to find fancier ladle, but the one I got will do. I believe it's being used to ladle out water from its container. But I can't wait to use it for oh..dozen other ideas!

I will post about food on next post and at that, I couldn't help but had to take a photo of this 'kaka' (uncle) ;) He literally stood in the centre of a courtyard, overlooking Jal Mahal - palace on the lake. Looks so chilled and extremely attentive to whatever he is doing. Just gotta take picture of him.


Elra said...

My husband always want to take me to India, and I always say, next time, but first let's go here first. He's been there and love it. That's why!.
Anyway, I haven't read the whole post (yet) Cecil. I'll be back soon. Got to go now, husband waiting.

Lidia Sianturi said...

waaaaaaa iri....mau dong mangkoknya..

Elra said...

Ah, I am back now. My husband and I just had very nice outing with our son. Anyway, I can't bilieve how organize they are, look at those utensils and pantry, very neat!
And those copper pans are so beautiful, I never seen the one if beautiful handle like that. I guess I can expect that you'll do more Indian cooking and post about them soon?

CECIL said...

Lidia, hihihi..tau gitu, aku beli berlusin2 yak! Will come over your blog in a bit! Dah lama nga berkunjung, been away and been super busy.

Elra, you and your family just sound so perfect!! Family you make me miss home. :) Oh you gotta see Vik's aunt's face when she realized I took a shot of pantry too. She was 'Oh no, I could at least get it cleaned up a bit so it looks more presentable!' Huuuhh?! Haha.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow pics and videa show you have rocking time in India...

Dee said...

Now I'm really jealous. India's always been so intimidating. My husband isn't keen; my girlfriends are but they want to go away for 3 weeks. Don't think I could stay away from the kid for that long. (Will be attempting mummy's first holiday alone this year - wish me luck!)

I'm lusting after the pots you bought - good call on the decorative handles. Now what will you cook in them? No pressure.

Anonymous said...

Welcome back.. I am so happy you enjoyed your trip!!! The hardware.. I am really loving it.. I can't wait to read about more recipes and Indian cooking...

noobcook said...

What a well equipped kitchen ;p I am chicken (and too self conscious) when I'm taking photos in public too ;p

Kevin said...

I look forward to hearing more about your India trip. Those bowl look nice. I like the handles.

_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver said...

Wow, so neat and clean, that kitchen! =) It seems that metal is easier to take care of. Stainless steel, were they?

tigerfish said...

I love all the stainless steel ware but I just hate to wash them after using.

Lotus Reads said...

Hey Cecil!

Soooooooo glad to have discovered your blog! I made a trip to Indonesia in 2000 and have been in love with Indonesian food ever since!

I stumbled upon your blog while searching for a recipe for Chicken appear to have a nice recipe so am going to try making it today. Will let you know the results!

I am also from Ontario!!!

Cynthia said...

I want a kitchen like that. I want to cook in that kitchen!

Lotus Reads said...

Hi, Cecil, it's me quick question please:

Where can I buy Sambal Olek in Toronto?

If you like you can respond to

Thank you ever so much!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

I even still feel like a tourist in Hong Kong.

I am eyeing those bowls..I wonder if they could fly to Hong Kong if I want them badly enough? HA HA HA