As a writer, I’m always looking to add those details, especially sensory details, that will bring my worlds to life. Today, as I was mixing up my version of seekh kabab meat with Sir I. looking on, it occured to me just what a variety of smells are available to the cook. While mixing up the meat, Sir I. and I sniffed at lemon juice, chili powder, groung ginger and garam masala (but not too close!). Baking sweet goodies gives us the scents of vanilla and cinnamon. Bread dough has this warm honeyed yeasty smell.
What kind of cooking smells do you like?
Sorry, what? I can’t answer your question because now I’m too hungry to concentrate…
Your fault :p
Hee. Aren’t you glad I didn’t go into further details, like the smell of caramelizing brown sugar or the smells of banana-berry smoothies?
Mariyam Mirza says
Nothing is like the smell of Sindhi biryani cooked using the Shan masala. And the smell of baking dark chocolate brownies w/ walnuts baking is not bad either. And steaming good quality basmati rice…ahhh.
oooh, biryani, yum!
Homemade spaghetti sauce simmering on the stove for hours… probably my favorite cooking smell ever. Homemade pizza isn’t too shabby either. 😀
It’s fun to hold my little nephew and get different spices down from the cupboard, tell him “smell,” and watch him sniff each. Some he really likes, some not so much.
Okay, now I need your recipe for homemade spaghetti sauce! Yum.
It’s so much fun to explore the world anew through kids!