I had lunch with super chef Malavika Shenoy who runs Biscoot Factory
And she served me this Korean delight called Bibimbap from her kitchen.
It felt so good to eat minimally cooked food that still looked the way it must have when it was growing in the garden.
Living indoors for almost a year ... Not having access to fresh vegetables and greens for several months has made me worship food like this.
My grandmother used to cook like this.
Every morning one of my uncles would go to the market and buy everything fresh... Including the masalas that would go into each preparation.
And when we were served.. Everything on the plate was fresh..local... and seasonal.
When I started cooking regularly.. About 20 years ago... I didn't do any of this.
I used to use every shortcut ever invented to get food on the table.
And I always had something to complain about.
A headache, a stomachache, tiredness, sleeplessness and so on.
The time that I saved by using shortcuts was stolen away from me surreptitiously by these tiny little episodes of ill health - that slowed me down at work - and worse - kept me from enjoying the time I spent working or resting.
Then over the years I began to spend more time in the kitchen.
I spent time ensuring that everything was fresh, local and cooked from scratch.
And it made me feel so good that I felt like I had 48 hours in the day instead of 24.
Time is our most precious posession.
And it must be invested to create health.
Because good health ensures that we have more productive time on earth.
Health creates wealth
And eating right is the secret to good health.