Creating Generative Value – Article: Deep Fried and Good for You (NY Times)

Recently, I have come across an article on the New York Times’ website titled Deep Fried and Good for You and obviously, I had to write something about the article. With such a grasping title, I had to read the article to see if truly deep frying was really good at all! Basically in the article, the author narrates how deep frying is good for the health if you follow some ground rules first. Using the right oil for frying or choosing the correct vegetable or meat was some of the guidelines that had to be respected. The author said that deep frying was not costly and gave tops about which oils to use. We have been told that deep frying foods are not good for health because they contain a great amount of fat. But what if the oil we use for frying is olive oil, which is said to be good for health and what if we eat deep fried foods but only occasionally and in moderately?

These questions were answered in the article and I believe that it eating deep fried food is good for the health, considering that fat is one of the most important nutrients used by one body. Moreover, in the article, it was not mentioned if people with weight issues and heart diseases could eat deep fried food as well, considering that they have complications. But I believe that if someone is having a healthy way of living and eating, deep fried foods are good for that person, if deep frying is done with olive oil or the more neutral grape seed oil. In fact, in his article the author made no reference to using ghee for deep frying which I found odd as coming from an Indian family, I have always been told that ghee is way better to use than oil for deep frying. One of the perks of ghee or clarified butter is that it has a high smoking point, which makes it appropriate for deep frying. If done at the right temperature, ghee will have a low retention in the food you are frying. Albeit ghee is healthier for deep frying, its use should be occasional.

Deep frying is good and we can consume deep fried food. In weekends, I love making deep fried chicken or tempura and when I have people coming over, how can you not make deep fried samosas or croquettes or even French fries.

Bon appétit

– Kritina


Public voice

I have often noticed that some of my friends do not know a thing about cooking. I had friends who did not know what was parsley or cilantro! Moreover, when I was doing Cooking classes at high school, I was surprised to see that a lot of my classmates had never eaten lasagnas or apple pie before (these dishes being Italian and English respectively).

Personally, I think that in Mauritius people have been only cooking dishes that have been in their repertoire or that they had learnt without ever looking to make new things. Lack of time and even resources was a factor that accounted for that. However, now the trends are changing. With the number of culinary magazines today and the omniscient tool that is Internet; people have easier and faster access to foreign dishes. Today, in a country like Mauritius, we do not limit ourselves only to Creole or Mauritian cuisine; we have Italian, French, Arab or even Indian cuisine. The amount of restaurants providing world cuisine in Mauritius has increased around the island.

What people will notice on my blog is that I do not fuss a lot on the recipes. My recipes have been chosen because they are easy to understand and not complex at all. People who very little cooking knowledge and experience will certainly like the recipes as they are great for amateur level. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to have recipes from a lot of culture. I do not restrict myself to only one cuisine and I am a big believer of fusion cuisine. Readers will find that I give some tips on my blog; tips that would help even the clumsiest of person in a kitchen. Last but not least, the recipes on my blog enclose starters, main dishes as well as deserts and drinks.

My readers will find a lot of courses of the blog to help them and I am also open to the questions and suggestions of my readers. Readers will feel good when they browse through my blog because there is something for everyone, regardless of whether they are a man or woman or they are a cooking genius or amateur. If my readers love cooking and baking, they will try out the recipes on my blog and will bring happiness and joy to their family, friends or lovers.

Coming up with some new recipes!


My Personal Interest – Cooking?

Hello everyone! Whenever I attend a party or have friends over at home, I always end up cooking something whether a main dish, a dessert or a cake. That tells you a lot about me and cooking! Ever since I was 6 years old, I would be fascinated to watch my mum cook in the kitchen. In those days, she was taking a cooking course and after each session, she would re-try the dish at home.

I will never forget the comforting and appetising aroma of mum’s ‘pain au chocolat’ or ‘croissant.’ I wanted to re-create the various gestures and techniques of cutting, rolling and baking that she mastered and taught me. That was how I discovered cooking and when I turned 8 or 10, I wanted to start trying out cooking myself. She would let me help her in the kitchen and that was definitely the best part. Actually no, the best part was eating whatever she had baked! 🙂

Growing up in that environment made me want to learn and made me love cooking from a young age. I baked my first cake when I was 11! That gives you an idea how much cooking forms part of my integral life. For me cooking is not just baking dishes, it is an art of life or as sacred as a religion. I absolutely love cooking because it has the power to gather many people around and it also brings happiness and joie de vivre.

A lot of times, all my relatives come over to my place and mum and I bake a lot of good things because we know that to win over people, you have to win their stomachs first!  🙂 (My gran would always say that to win a man’s heart you have to feed him with delicious food first!) Seeing the face of people when you give them a birthday cake or a simple dish brings joy to my heart and makes me realise that the greatest pleasures in life come from simple little things. Cooking has taught me perseverance, to keep trying when I fail and above all it has taught me how to bring happiness and pleasure in the lives of my loved ones!

Keep cooking & baking!

Bon Appétit


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