What does cooking mean to me…

About This Site

My name is Garima Vir. I am a  lawyer, dog mom, wife and home cook.

I have a passion for food and love to try new dishes when I go out and at home.

I love being creative and trying new things but also enjoy making things that are easy and quick.

Join me on my journey as I learn more about food and cooking.

What does cooking mean to me? What does cooking mean to anybody? It’s never just one thing. It’s many, many things. Cooking can be a form of nurture.

Cooking can be a form of nurture

A way for you to take care of and love your body. Feed it satiating food which is healthy and delicious. I do not believe any food is “good” or “bad”. Food made with real whole foods is better than processed. Period.

Slow Roasted Beef Brisket
Slow roasted beef brisket with vegetables provides warmth and comfort. Beautifully rubbed with a sweet, savory, and spicy spice blend.
Delicious low carb and healthy Korean beef bowl with carrot ribbons
Red Pepper and Feta Dip
Creamy, sweet, and salty red pepper dip made with roasted red peppers, …
Corn and Feta Salad
Check out this refreshing and seasonal corn and feta salad! Summer salads …

Cooking is about hunger

You get hungry and so you cook. Simple!

Spicy Noodles with Chicken and Bok Choy
Spicy Noodles with Chicken and Bok Choy

Cooking can be about the ego

You want to make something to impress people. Whether you are a regular cook or a kitchen novice we all can agree we want to make something that looks spectacular and tastes amazing. Every recipe on this blog has been made by myself and photographed by me.

Moroccan Spiced Chicken and Rice
Moroccan Spiced Chicken and Rice made with harissa, eggplant and dates. Garnished with pickled onions.

Cooking can be for health

Trying to include more vegetables in your diet or trying to provide for a friend’s or family member’s dietary restrictions. My goal is always to make the most delicious food. So when I make something which works for that situation, I note it and the recipes can be sorted If it happens to be gluten-free, vegan, or eggless, I like to note it for those occasions.

Cooking can be an act of love

Something special you want to make for yourself or another. It can be a vessel for nutrients and sustenance but also the foundation for creating memories and joy. It can be a way to thank yourself for getting through the week or a way to thank your partner. The pure joy on my husband’s face (and the fact that he does the dishes) is all the thanks I need.

Blueberry and Lemon Bread Pudding
Blueberry and Lemon Bread Pudding made with homemade challah bread. Perfectly portioned for two servings. Delicious and comforting!

Cooking can be nostalgic.

It can be something you make to remind yourself of a person, place, feeling, memory. It can be about remembering your family and embracing your culture.

Bhindi Masala
Bhindi Masala

Cooking can be about learning.

Learning about the food of a region you love but have never made at home. Learning new techniques and how to best use your new tools (Instant Pot and Air Fryer).

Cooking can be about having fun.

Trying something technical like sourdough starter, baking, or yeasted bread can be challenging and fun. Eat food that makes you smile, laugh, and feel happy. Just because something is complex doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it out.

Slow Roasted Short Ribs in a Sweet Soy Glaze.
Slow Roasted Short Ribs in a Sweet Soy Glaze.
Creamy Mashed Cauliflower
Creamy Mashed Cauliflower

Cooking can be about reducing waste.

There is nothing I enjoy more than coming up with a creative recipe that helps me use up the last of an ingredient that would have otherwise gone bad. Ever wonder what to do with some leftover dill (try my Dill Daal or Baked Salmon with Dill and Jalapeno) or those carrots on the bottom of your fridge (Roasted Carrots with Walnuts and Goat Cheese). There is nothing better than the satisfaction of knowing you prevented food waste.

Roasted Carrots with Candied Walnuts and Goat Cheese Crumbles
Roasted Carrots with Candied Walnuts and Goat Cheese Crumbles
Pumpkin Risotto with Goat Cheese
Pumpkin Risotto with Goat Cheese
 

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