A simple gesture

I somewhere read that cooking a meal for someone you love is a way of showing your appreciation & love towards them. The idea somehow seemed foolish and absurd to me. I just couldn't get it how preparing something as simple as a meal could be a way of expressing love & gratitude. I immediately dismissed that I would never spend my hours in the kitchen just to please someone when I could do it in so many other ways. But surely karma has a way of getting back!

Two days ago it so happened that my guy called me up saying he was coming over & suddenly out of nowhere the desire to do something out of the norm, to do something special for him took over me! And within few mins I found myself ransacking the kitchen plus my brain for anything..anything at all that I could make. And boy it was all chaos! Having no experience at all in the cooking field, it felt like facing a battle without any arms or ammunition.And When I say "no experience", I mean I can't cook even if it was a matter of life and death. But I refused to give in without a fight. I decided I would make 'Chinese spicy noodles' something I had seen my sister in law prepare. Having confirmed the spices and mixes I had chosen wouldn't result in constipation or diarhea, I set to my mission. After half an hour or so of stirring, adding and cooking, the Noodles were finally prepared. Since I had been afraid to taste them beforehand for the fear of them being a complete disaster, I held my breath and watched my guy as he took his first bite searching for any sign that would confirm my nightmare. But since none came I asked him point blank as to how bad it was & the words that came out of his mouth were "Mast hai"(Its Yummy!). Unable to believe it, I tasted them myself and they were...well they were unbelievably good!

Feeling satisfied with myself I watched him as he finished it. In that moment of satisfaction, I realised why people love to cook for the one's they love. Its because making something for the person you love and watching them enjoy it, brings such happiness and joy just the way watching him gave me immense pleasure satisfying my heart. As for my guy, kudos to him for being brave enough for tasting and trusting my cooking abilities without a single question. If I were him I would've bolted right out of the door. And since he has shown me yet again by his simple gesture that he trusts me and would stand by me whether its my cooking or something else, I have decided I would actually learn it the right way so that the next time I prepare a meal for him, its not out of experiment!

© Copyright Hajira Ehsan 2012

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shruti sheshadri 4 years ago from Bangalore, India

Haha, nice one, I am sure both of you had a wonderful time indeed! This hub is surely making me hungry!

Great write up, Funny and enjoyable to read.... Thank you, voted up!

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Cracknutcase 4 years ago from India,bangalore Author

Thanks Shruti :) We absolutely enjoyed it! You are welcome to visit my place if u are hungry, I'm sure I can make the noodles again just for you(Provided you ain't afraid?) heheh..

Take care

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Janhorner 4 years ago

What a fabulous hub, funny and yet with a serious side to it! I use to do a lot of cooking years ago; never, ever could cook like my lovely mum because I was not really interested. However, my family have survived on plain healthy meals!

You have written this extremely well, and I truly enjoyed from beginning to end!


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Cracknutcase 4 years ago from India,bangalore Author

Hello Jan,

Mum's cooking is always the best. Definitely u must have inherited the necessary skills from your lovely Mother. I'm sure your kids will agree :)

Thank you for reading :)

Your comments are always appreciated.

Have a nice day ahead

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

lovely write., funny and enjoyable.

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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

This is funny and lovely at the same time! Good job with the noodles.

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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

So true! Cooking for someone you love touches their heart. Thanks for sharing!

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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Very funny and interesting too! I cook at least a couple of nights a week so dinner will be ready when my wife returns from her Tai Chi classes, and am always surprised when it turns out to be good, even delicious. It does make you feel good to prepare a good meal for a loved one.

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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

A very beautiful write and read,enjoyed reading it !

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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

You did well now he might like to more.

Voted up funny and interesting, Joyce.

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Cracknutcase 4 years ago from India,bangalore Author

@Unknown Spy- Thanks you, Spy. I'm glad u enjoyed it!


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Cracknutcase 4 years ago from India,bangalore Author

@Curiad- Thank you! Its a surprise they turned out well ;)

Have a nice day Sir!

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Cracknutcase 4 years ago from India,bangalore Author

@Midget38- Indeed it does, Midget. A simple gesture is all we need to reach someone's heart.

Thank you so much for reading :)

Take care

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Cracknutcase 4 years ago from India,bangalore Author

@Xstatic- Your wife must be so pleased. I'm sure she counts herself lucky to have such a wonderful husband.

Thank you so much for reading. Its always a pleasure to have you at one of my hubs, Sir.

Keep smiling always :)

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Cracknutcase 4 years ago from India,bangalore Author

@Kashmir56- Thank you so much Tom. I'm so happy you enjoyed reading.

Your comments are always appreciated.

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Cracknutcase 4 years ago from India,bangalore Author

@Writer20- Thank you Writer20. He does want more and hence i'm taking the cooking classes. After all as the saying goes "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach" :)

Have a nice day!

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Gypsy48 4 years ago

Enjoyable hub. Cooking is not one of my strong points. I could use a few cooking classes myself. Keep us informed of your culinary skills:)

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teaches12345 4 years ago

You took a risk and it was worth it! I have done this on occasion, but now, as you stated, I try it out first. Food is always a great way to make friends and keep relationships going strong. Enjoyed the read.

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IntegrityYes 4 years ago

OOH, Hajira! HAH-HAH! That is another interesting one. Kudos to you!

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Cracknutcase 4 years ago from India,bangalore Author

@Gypsy48- Will do, Gypsy. Thank you for reading :)

@Teaches12345- Food is indeed a great way to keep things going. What better way to reach a man's heart than through his stomach? ;)

Thanks for reading..

@IntegrityYes- Aww you are always so kind IntegrityYes :)

Thank you..

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