In a Complicated Relationship with Food Videos


In a Complicated Relationship with Food Videos

Illustration: Shruti Yatam / Arré

– Add flour to a pot of boiling water. Then add some salt and oil and turn the gas off. Quickly stir the flour until it forms a smooth paste. (Got that!)
– Transfer the dough into a piping bag lined with a star tip. (Could make a mess!)
– Pipe 6-inch spirals onto a sheet lined with parchment paper. (Sounds easy… even fun!)
– Freeze the circles for at least 2 hours. (I’d do 3 just for good measure.)
– Fry the circles in hot oil until light golden brown. (Need to be careful with the oil, don’t want a repeat of last time’s fiasco.)
– Place a scoop of ice cream in between two churro discs. (Ohhh… this is amazing.)

his active self-dialogue is continuously running through my mind, as I watch a video of churro ice-cream sandwiches. I will probably never make churro ice-cream sandwiches, but I can’t stop watching these videos. You know the videos I’m talking about, they’re all over our Facebook feeds – the ones that have an overhead view of a kitchen counter and stove, with just a pair of hands slicing and dicing and frying and frosting. They’ll show you four ways to turn slices of toast into animal faces or cupcakes into flamingos. I’m watching the churro-sandwich video for the third time today, and I have about five more recipe videos lined up in as many tabs open in my browser.

Thanks to my food-video addiction, my newsfeed resembles a conveyor belt of dishes that could potentially turn me into a half-decent cook. But here’s the thing: I don’t cook. Not anything more ambitious than Maggi!