Every successful person had a source of inspiration that pushes them towards success and development. My mother is my number one inspiration when it comes to cooking and house management. I learned so much from her and used her every tip and secret in cooking. Since I was a child, I would watch her cooking and learn her secret ingredients that make every recipe successful.
From her, I learned accuracy and mastery as she never made a mistake in any recipes. What’s really special about her is that she would always use the measuring tools to measure the ingredients to make sure she gets the perfect recipes. She even used the measuring spoons to add salt, spices, and oil.
My mother is also known for her accuracy as she sometimes uses a ruler to measure the size of each pie to make sure they’re all the same size. She is a firm believer in the saying ‘You eat with your eyes’. She also taught me meal-prep to save time, as she was a working mother. She would always prepare the next day’s vegetables the night before, for example, she would cut and wash the mulukhia leaves tonight so that it’s ready for cooking tomorrow.
She also loves buying the latest kitchen technology that saves her time and effort such as, food processors, kneading machines and electric dough rollers.
One of the tips I learned from my mother is to add a pinch of salt to onions and tomato to make them cook fast. The salts helps the vegetable release their liquids which cuts the cooking time. She also taught me how to be economical when it comes to prepping meals and not being wasteful. She taught me how to use leftovers such as, using bread crumbs to make fattoush, saraya bread and fake kunafah.
My mother is the source of my success and inspiration in all aspects of life, and she’s my number one teacher in the world of cooking and house management.
Thank you my mentor and generation teacher. Na’elah Batrafi