Food is joy, food is sorrow, food is entertainment; but for me? Well I would say food is emotions on a plate. It’s funny how our emotions manage to seep in and make that guilty indulgence turn to a story of satisfaction and complacency. And maybe here’s when food plays the part of landing us in oblivion and much needed fantasy with every bite we take.
This food story might as well be the strongest of mine because it has been backed up by an impeccable sense of satisfaction and a food pairing that never fails to impress. Apart from how beautifully two ingredients can fit in, this instance has taught me that nothing turns out better than a dish backed up by a strong urge of achievement.
Like any other anecdote of impulsive cooking, this instance started with, “Now those are fruits I have to cook with.” There are times when we see something and we know right away what to do. In this case it would be hard for anyone to resist the small, sweet and fragrant mandarin oranges that landed right on my kitchen table. It’s enchanting how things like small oranges can light up the entire room with their ebullient and playful scent. As I moved forward with planning out what to make, I could almost feel the world screaming out ‘Chocolate’ and it was very soon apparent that if both were jigsaw pieces, they would almost be inseparable.
Now chocolate and oranges have been an all time family favorite and it brings me to a smile every time I replay the time we have spent looking for someone who sells a bar of it just like we want it to be. I almost laugh at how easily we go weak in the knees for this match made in heaven and I couldn’t be happier with myself for bringing these flavours together on a plate.
Bringing it on the plate was in itself such close to me since I must have never tried so hard to not see a dish fail. I have been moved by the close resemblance of food to people. There are faces in your life which you know cannot let you down, cannot fail you and with this dark chocolate Panna cotta with Fleur de sel, a warm citrus caramel(syrup), orange segments, chocolate soil and mint, I have been made open to the fact that food will never let you down and never make you feel failed. This resemblance has in whole been so real that it feels like fantasy, and nor did Alice and nor do I feel like coming out of this wonderland called food.