I keep searching for new daily food recipes often because (a) I am a terrible terrible cook and (b) I love to eat. I usually make a regular South Indian, Tam-Bram meal for lunch, which is invariably substandard in taste on a good day, but to make up for it, I cook non-traditional stuff for dinner and am constantly on the lookout for new recipes.

The Indian cuisine is humungous. Massive. There are millions (I am not exaggerating) of recipes divided by geography, religion, language, community, caste and style. And that does not even include globalised cuisine. So, my choice is pretty vast, and I invariably find something new to cook every other day. Last night, for example, I made roti (which is standard) with Veg-Kohlapuri, which is a dish from the state of Maharashtra. The day before yesterday, I made Kichidi and Kadhi, of Gujarat. You get my drift.

I have this following complaints against recipe bloggers now.

(a) There is a winding, long, boring preamble to any recipe. See, I have written in a food blog myself, along with my friend. We both used our competencies – she wrote the recipes, while I wrote quirky stuff about food, in separate posts. Understandably and rightly enough, her posts – which were straight recipes with no preamble, postscript and whatever – were read more than mine, because it is a food blog, and people come to learn to make stuff, not read about food, however fascinating the posts are. Many food bloggers write reams and reams of blah before they get to the recipe card. Agreed, some of them do offer links to go directly to the recipe card, but heck, this is the age of instant gratification. When I open a recipe, I want to see the ingredients and method to cook without having to click another time. Especially when I am reading on the phone. I don’t want to know how much your husband or child loves eating this dish, because admit it, I don’t know you, your husband or your child and excuse me, don’t care a darn. And most of the time, the preamble is not even interesting or well written – there is one extremely popular Indian recipe blogger who says “further” instead of “then” – e.g., “further, add salt”, which makes me want to gouge my eyes out. I am a snob.

(b) Goodness, the number of pop-ups in every page. Do people make tons of money out of advertisements in recipe sites? Popups range from advertisements, related recipes, videos of the same recipe, or different recipes, etc. etc., and it is irritating to keep closing popups gazillion times before reading a single recipe through.

I am yet to come across a simple recipe site that tells me what ingredients I need, and how to make them without my having to navigate through tons of irrelevant verbiage (look who’s talking !).

End of rant by a spoilt brat.

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