The night movement ban in place this Ramadan is a difficult time for some men, but for others like yours truly, it has resulted in revealing my culinary skills and surprising my family.
For many women, Ramadan is the month to try new recipes. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has turned things around as we men have begun showing our skills in the kitchen.
Last evening, I asked the lady of the house not to cook anything for iftar; to leave the kitchen in my control. I told her this is the time for me to show off my culinary abilities by cooking a tasty meal.
As a custom, men in Oman do not usually cook. But I have always wanted to pitch in and share kitchen duties. By doing so, I could learn the basics and this Ramadan was the perfect time to showcase my skills.
After quietly watching the lady of the house prepare some dishes, I thought time was ripe to try my own. I said to my self, ‘It’s my time to show that men can also cook.’ Here I stress that not only cook, but cook delicious food.
As I spend all day at work, I opted to cook something quick but delicious that would be ready just in time for iftar. I opted to make baked bechamel pasta.
Here is the recipe for the dish that I used. 100gm of unsalted butter, 2tbsp of white flour, 500ml of milk, shredded mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, one medium onion, 500gm of minced meat, one chopped carrot, half a capsicum, handful of parsley, tomato paste and pasta. I arranged these in a pan and baked for 30 minutes.
I am happy to say that the food was ready just minutes before the call for iftar. We had the regular dates and laban to break fast before Maghrib prayers and in few minutes, we were relishing the baked bechamel pasta. To my surprise and my family, it turned out to be one of the best meals we have had this Ramadan.
Something good comes out of something bad. Life teaches us to enjoy things that we love and during this time, I was able to hone my creativity.
My wife was shocked. I never cooked at home as I am always out. But I realised that cooking doesn’t necessarily take much time.
I have to confess that I have always wanted to cook but I did not know where to start. But from now on, I will cook more often. The positive feedback from my wife is a testimony to my culinary skills.
However, I hope she doesn’t take advantage of my talent. “Since my husband has started showing interest in cooking, my kitchen time will be reduced,” I heard her telling the children.
Anyhow, to men out there… please try and take control of your kitchen this Ramadan. I am sure you and your family will enjoy. Till next, bon appetit!
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