Why grandmothers are the best cooking teachers around

Why grandmothers are the best cooking teachers aroundI met Noorbanu Nimji when she was in her early 80s, working on her fourth self-published cookbook (the first, A Spicy Touch, first published in 1986, has sold more than a quarter million copies and is practically automatically dispensed to all Ismaili newlyweds). In her kitchen, she’d snap a house dress over her good clothes – a full body apron, really – to soak gulab jamun (Indian sweets that resemble doughnut holes) in syrup, simmer chicken or pigeon peas with curry cream and deftly fold and fry samosas. I could spend hours in her kitchen watching and asking questions, absorbing her years of hands-on experience. When she finished cooking she’d snap off her house dress, revealing a perfectly tidy outfit underneath and we’d sit down at the table to eat together.

More at the source: Globe & Mail – JULIE VAN ROSENDAAL – MAY 8, 2018

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