A Saturday well spent it was. I was so delighted when Kirti invited me for the Plattershare HomeChef meet. Plattershare is one of the largest platforms for foodies to share their food interests, recipes and anything related to food. They are a great support even to food bloggers like me. We could share our recipes and learn new things about different cuisines, food blogging, everyday kitchen hacks and many more, through this wonderful platform. They conduct contests and campaigns too, that keeps the platform flooded with new and innovative recipes.
I met some really wonderful bloggers and home chefs at the event. And hence came to see the faces behind the names that I came across in the virtual food world. It was really interesting to be with people who share similar interests and love for food. Rajeswari Annamalai, home chef and Content Partner at Plattershare, demonstrated making Adai Bites using FarmztoFamilies Multi Dal (Adai) batter. They were truly scrumptious with a very flavorful spread and tasty toppings.
This home chef meet was organised by Plattershare in association with FarmztoFamiliez and Dhyaana Wellbeing Studio and Cafe. FarmztoFamilies is a venture that produces fresh, premium quality batters that are ready to use. They provide healthy batters like multi millet batter, multi dal (Adai) batter, medu vada batter, the regular idli/dosa batter and many more. These batters are available through DailyNinja App and Doodhwala App. They are not available in supermarkets primarily to make them preservative free. So these batters are 100 % preservative free. I have prepared Medu vada (Uzhunnu Vada) and Dahi Bhalla using FarmztoFamilies batter sometime ago. Do not forget to check them and my feedback on the products. You may also try out more interesting recipes that I made, like Baked Multi Millet Waffles, Desi Egg Pizza, Jackfruit Paniyaram, and Paneer Masala Dosa, whose recipes are available on Plattershare.
The event was hosted by Dhyaana Wellness Studio and Cafe, Indiranagar. A one of its kind cafes in Bangalore. A quiet, cozy corner that is peaceful with a very beautiful ambiance. You get a feel of ‘away from the madding crowd’, while sill in the heart of the city. I have never in my life been to such a health conscious cafe before. Got to learn about some very interesting facts about Mindful Eating from Mr Gopi Krishnaswamy. Mindful Eating could be remembered as eating with your full mind concentrated into your food’. Sounds funny? Well, that is how I tried to explain it to my little one.
The term ‘Dhyaana’ in fact means meditation. Rather than ‘doing’ meditation, the ‘state’ of meditation is to be achieved by creating a calm and composed atmosphere around us and within us. This applies to eating your food too. But these days, we hardly get any time even to sit peacefully and have our meals. Isn’t it? And even if we manage to, our eyes are stuck on gadgets. Though our body is before the food served to us, our mind wanders in the virtual world. We hardly realize what goes in. Remember, we are what we eat. And it depends, to some extent, how we eat too. With tons of work to do, and kids to take care, I know, eating mindfully is really a challenge. But it doesn’t harm to try, because it is really worth it.
Stop. Look. Go – A beautiful quote that suits the context. When you have your food before you, pause, and refrain yourselves from all kinds of gadgets. Then look into your food. Open your eyes, your nose, your ears and your senses to assess, to value the food before you. Once you start doing it, you realize how much more delicious and how much more satisfying each bite is! It definitely creates some sort of good energy, with your mind and body knowing exactly what they are doing.
It may be a bit difficult initially to practice this slow eating. But do not give up. Even I am on the same lines. I am a super fast eater. It is really very very hard for me to practice slow eating. But I don’t want to give up either. Moreover, you could correct your little ones now, before it becomes difficult for them too. And did you know that slow eating helps in weight management too?
So, for the Plattershare meet, Mr Gopi made us practice some breathing exercises before food was served to us. And we tried to implement the lessons we learnt about mindful eating for the brunch served to us. All gadgets to be kept away. And no chit chats. Silence. Seriously it was a different experience, and I was even scared to take pictures. But once approved, clicked few pics. The brunch served was this delicious and wholesome Dal Khichdi with papad, cucumber, pomegranate and curd, followed with iced tea. The meal was definitely very satisfying and delicious.
This Plattershare HomeChef meet was really wonderful in many ways. All thanks to the whole team of Plattershare – Kirti, Ankush and Arzita.