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An Intuitive Cook

1:02 AM

I am not a great cook. I do not follow recipes and neither can I put a lavish spread on the table. Nonetheless, I love cooking. I am, what I call, 'an intuitive cook'. 

I find cooking therapeutic ['coz I can clear my head while doing it]. I let my heart decide what I am going to make and how I am going to make it. Thus, seldom can I cook the same dish twice. Even if I try, it never tastes the same [good but just not the same]. Since I have the luxury to blow my own horn [it's my blog], I can honestly say that I am very good at putting a meal together with whatever I can find in the kitchen. 

To start from the beginning, I am a budget-nazi! Meeting my budget every month is a small goal I set for myself. It is a great high to achieve it. Makes me feel my life is on track and I am in control. I try and do grocery only 3 times a month [i.e. every 10 days, no more]. I hate rushing to the store just because I ran out of one bloody ingredient [only exception is milk]. But, thankfully, that doesn't really happen to me since I am a crazy-organized-list-making-maniac. I make a list and stick with it. [That's the whole point of making one, isn't it?!?!?]

However, invariably on the 8th or the 9th day the vegetables and other ingredients will start running low in the kitchen and I would have to turn to my innovative-creative-better-part of the brain and cook something up. And that's what has made cooking fun for me! I have successfully managed to remove the monotony of cooking and turned it into a, yet another, creative outlet for myself. 

I love healthy, yet, tasty food. 
I love the smell of the spices. 
I love colorful-crunchy vegetables. 
I love well-presented food.
And I love the praise I receive, 
when I serve it. 

This is my healthy version of the Penne Pasta
Tomato Paste, Garlic and Serrano Peppers [Green Chillies] sautéed in Olive Oil
Chopped, Washed and Steamed Vegetable 
I always use 2/3 of vegetable and 1/3 of pasta 

Bon Appetite! 

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44 comments

  1. Yum Yum!!!

    I add lot of orgeano and basil leaves in it..tastes great and loved your cooking pics:)

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  2. Tanvi, you are what my father calls a loving cook... you cook from the heart. I prefer intuitive cooks than those who follow recipes to the letter.

    That penne pasta looks so yummy. Have a great day! xoxo

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  3. yummmieee :) I think I am a quick cook- if there is such a category...I dont think i can invest a lot of time in the kitchen...i like a fast meal...

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  4. i love the pasta....... yummy.. the brocoli is so tasty i jus wana grab it and eat it.... yummyyyyy lip smacking

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  5. Along with all those things your cooking is inspiring....remember a salad pic you'd put on? Thats inspired to make my own version of it...it didnt turn out to look as pretty as your did, but it did taste nice. :)

    Needless to say I am gonna wanna try these out...so recipe plz!

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  6. That looks sooo yumyy! You make even vegetables look exciting and mouth-watering!

    Soon, I shall make you make all this yummy food for me :-)

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  7. that looks DELISH! although I really don't know how you manage going grocery shopping only thrice a month. I hate doing groceries (and cooking) but I still have to go once a week for things that perish quickly like milk and bread and veggies!

    Leia's Delights

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  8. The food looks delicious.

    It's only this summer that I have actually started cooking and helping mum in the kitchen. n I love the experience. :)

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  9. Ditto, I adore cooking. It relaxes me and calms me down, even after a long days work I enjoy chopping away and cooking. I try to follow recipes and the internet is a great resource for newbie cooks like me. Pasta is a safe go to and my food staple.

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  10. Yum! Love veggies and penne. I'm a little bit experimental around the kitchen too and it's fun that way! I love recipes as a guide and tweak from there.

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  11. OMG! it loooks yummmyyy...m at work n u made my stomach growl :P slurrrpppp!
    "I find cooking therapeutic" i sooo agreeee with this...i feel the same plus it brings out the creativity in me!
    cheers!
    sup!

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  12. I'm not reading as regulary as I used to because work is getting a little crazy :(
    I've never put any kind of hot peppers in pasta but I think I'll give it a try!!
    I loveee how honest you are in your writing..

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  13. Just came across your blog and I felt an instant culinary connection! I shop and cook like you {except for the budget part~need work in that area:} Great post~may try to recreate it, intuitively of course:)
    Mary Chris
    www.prettypleasedblog.com

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  14. I will be starting cooking soon...send some recipes here

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  15. Oh yum that sounds amazing!!! You're so impressive how organized you are. I need to take a lesson from you :)

    Hope you had a fabulous weekend! xoxo

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  16. I wish I can cook like you do, I'm so hopeless in the kitchen:P

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  17. am a pasta fan, try to do lotsa different stuff with it, provided i get the ingredients!!
    am liking your pasta recipe lots, what all veggies did ya use, i can make out broccoli, red carrots and red bell peppers
    and can i use readymade tomato puree in place of tomato paste
    and how do you steam the veggies, in microwave...well thats hell lot of questions!! but i do wanna try making this recipe of urs, with a little bit touch of mine too!!

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  18. This looks soooo good! I think I may need to broaden my cooking horizons now :)

    http://jammer10am.blogspot.com/

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  19. Yummmmm I looove penne!! And this pasta looks good! So glad you're so close to me, now I get to eat to eat what you cook! :)

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  20. Wow, grocery shopping three times a month? I'm full of admiration. I go to one to three farmer market's a week (depending on my schedule)!

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  21. Wow! I would never be able to pull together such a thing, it looks delicious! I'm with you on the grocery shopping and budget, too, Tanvi! XO!

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  22. That looks so good. I have to try this.:)

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  23. wow my mouth is literally watering! lunch time! Thanks for sharing! hugs

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  24. this looks yummy...i am not much of a cook myself..and till date i have not learned (from Mom or from recipes) to cook anything besides halwa(which i learned from my grandmom)..good thing is that whatever routine food i make still turns out to be good somehow..don't knw how..

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  25. Yum yum yum. I made my own broccoli recipe after I read your post. :)

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  26. I tend to change the recipe to suit my taste. This looks yummy and healthy

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  27. That's awesome that you can just make stuff up. That's what I usually like to do because I'm too cheap to buy much food, so I always go digging around in the cupboards and try to use up whatever I have before I buy more.

    Ce qui m'inspire

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  28. the pasta looks so tasty I also cook it lotsa veggies

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  29. Looks delicious! I love cooking as well..it's very de-stressing..although I still need to learn the art of presentation! I love your 2/3 vegetable 1/3 pasta idea btw! Now why didn't I think of that!?!?

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  30. Hmmm...Yummm...Yummmyyy...
    Do you mind sharing it :-)

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  31. I so wish I could cook!! I've tried a few times, but I always get so stressed, lol. Thanks for sharing this: I want to try it now.

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  32. Yummyyyyyyyyyyyy!
    It looks delicious!

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  33. I should try to limit my grocery shopping more - I end up just going all the time and not really paying attention to what I grab. Your food looks YUM too!

    xoxo, Ashley

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  34. Yum, this looks delicious! I'm an intuitive cook, too - even if I start out with a recipe the dish always ends up differently. xoxo

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  35. This looks yum!! I like to add a little bit of Indian spices to pasta.

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  36. yummy!!!this looks delicious!!!i should try this some time!!!kisses

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  37. that's what i love about cooking; you have freedom to do your own thing. although that's what also scares me since i'm not comfortable cooking haha. i prefer baking :D

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  38. I cook the same way! I can't follow a recipe for anything! Your meal looks delish!

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  39. This looks delicious! I can say that I am very similar in the kitchen: I hate following recipes (my life has enough structure without following directions in order to feed myself!). I love playing with different pasta dishes, you almost always get great results.

    By the way, I'd love to see more cooking and recipe posts on your blog.

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  40. Agree completely with Leah's comment.

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  41. look yummy yummy. :)
    oh love this post so much.

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