Sunday, January 11, 2009

Hello, World!

Every year there are probably a few hundred blogs that start up in the first few days of the New Year.

I believe it is the updated version of "I shall exercise regularly starting today”. I don't know how many of the new bloggers who have resolved to vocalize their ideas live beyond the first few posts. I don’t know if I will either. But I definitely think I need to give it a whirl. I have a dead blog elsewhere but new year- new beginnings bring me here.

Yesterday night K and I were channel surfing and stopped at Food Network where they were showing Chefography. It was a show talking about the ladies on the network like Paula Deen and Rachel Ray and their rise to stardom. My thoughts jump from one to the other- and I thought may be- they should have a show for inept (in the kitchen) people like myself called something like Cook With Me. This would be a 30 minute show where they actually do a simple dinner at normal people pace (unlike Rachel Ray though she does sort have a similar concept). There'd be a section on the website with a shopping list and do ahead prep instructions and then when the show aired- the host/hostess would cook and clean up and have dinner ready in about 30 minutes. Of course there are downsides to a show like this. For example- how are you supposed to kill time when something is sizzling in the pan for 10 minutes- or the time where one is waiting for water to boil before throwing the rice in? I know airtime is precious and all. Perhaps they could do what I do- which is empty the dishwasher and may be take out the trash and separate the laundry in three piles- need to wash or have no delicates left- Whites and Colors. But then again- not sure how many people are going to be interested in watching this. So may be they could show music videos during this time. May be it should be an On-Demand kind of a cooking show. Hey I don't have all the answers just yet. So for now- I need to think a little bit harder I promise, we'll come back to this later.

 But this led me to think of at least starting a blog where I talk about food and food related activities- plan the menu for the week for us - shop according to the menu and then, cook in the evenings and report it. Oh yes, and I am trying to watch my weight and for my weight loss goal, I need to only eat about 1200 calories/day. So I’ll try to limit my meals to be about 350 – 500 calories. Also, K needs his 2000 calories a day so you will see creative distribution to ensure he gets his 700 calories/meal and I don't.

I know there are going to be days when I am going to be lazy and busy or both but at least I will give it a whirl. The worst case scenario is at the end of the year I will be yet another dead blog- but Hello, World for now!


  1. Hey! A show like that should actually do very well. Here's an idea, why don't you do it? Announce when and what you're gonna cook with the list of required ingredients/equipment on your blog, and then live stream the cooking process from your kitchen. You can also post the video on the blog afterward for people who miss the live stream.

  2. Nice idea, A! Waiting for your next post...

  3. Thanks for commenting Anuj and Lakshmi!
    Anuj- about the show-that may be a cool idea but see i would have to bump up the time to about an hour and I am not really sure where I could upload an hour's worth of Video content. We'll have to figure out about quite a few such teeny tiny details.
    Also this week is a week away from home so no cooking or any such- but will definitely plan the menu for the week after!

  4. You are such a foodie. A total enthusiast. The kinds who'd call Dadi in the middle of the night for recipes! :)
    Hello,World! Is a great way to revive your blog.
    We've already discussed the few conditions we'd have to take into account with a TV show like the one you've mentioned-- fillers and airtime, and all that good stuff. We could work our way around it, I'm sure. Just needs more thinking. Bouncing ideas off of each other. I hope more people read your blog and leave suggestions.

    I like Anuj's idea! Kinda what we talked about.

    Hey, since you are going to be discussing food, and cuisines, and cooking, do leave timely tips on cleaning up after you're done too. I know YOU do it. But there are so many of us out there who may put together a fab meal but a disgusting counter-top!

  5. i like the idea of food. especially when i am perpetually hunger out of choice rather compulsion.
    so talk abt it but use bolder and larger fonts.if you can so that people who are really obsessed with food can get to the message. avoid beating, even if it is around the bush.
    i like the idea of the pig about cleaning up tips. although i am sure i remember someone close who used to hate cleaning when it was due.
    things around food also are good.
    let us say daily tips about some thing from the foodstorehouse 9i.e. kitchen0. may be we will wait open your blog to get those tips every day.
    to help you with this let me give you the one about using heeng as a stomach remedy. how? that you tell.

  6. Thanks for the ideas here ANuj, Pigga and Ma
    Will try implementing these once I get cooking again!