My obsession with food and its aspects dates back to years ago. I still remember the day I first saw Sanjeev Kapoor on TV on the show 'Khana Khazana'. I would have been around five years old then. And yet I was fascinated by the various recipes that he showcased on his show. Since my mom is an excellent cook, I became her apprentice in the kitchen at a very young age. Soon I was churning out breakfast, lunch and dinner in between attending school and playing. I enjoyed cooking more than I enjoyed eating and it became an important part of my life at a very early stage. I started long ago and there had been no looking back since then. Tarla Dalal came next and I learnt to cook it up with her. Watching cookery shows and learning new things were as important to me as cooking. I did not fancy making the same thing again and again. I wanted variety in my cooking and that is what cookery shows gave me.
Fast forward twenty years and today I cannot thank cable TV enough. Masterchef Australia changed the world of cooking forever and I am a sucker for these shows. I have watched Masterchef in all formats and have absolutely loved it. TLC is another favorite channel of mine along with FOX Life. These channels have shows that celebrate food and that is such a wonderful thing for a foodie like me who loves cooking as well. I watch these shows back to back and haven't got bored even for a second. When Masterchef has a break, I switch to TLC. If that has a break, I switch to Fox Life. You get the drill. Almost my entire life revolves around food and this is primarily why the page that my husband and I run on Facebook is called 'Live To Eat'.
Food is the ultimate form of entertainment for me. Be it gourmet dishes or plain old baking, I enjoy cooking to the core. If I'm not cooking, then I'm eating. I love to try out all the new restaurants in town along with my partner in crime, my husband. Most of our conversations revolve around food and we love sitting and watching a good food movie or show together along with a huge tub of popcorn or some hot pakoras. Thankfully cable TV has evolved to a great extent now so that we have food only Indian channels like 'Living Foodz' and 'Food Food'. These along with the international shows keeps me busy and entertained all the time. Have you guys tried watching food shows? If no, then please make a start. Nothing like watching raw ingredients turn into some fantastic looking dishes that I'm sure taste great as well. You can learn to make 2498 dishes using the humble chocolate. Or make something delicious out of the bitter tasting brinjal. Cooking is an art that cannot be learnt enough and these shows would help you learn as much as you want to. Try it, I'm sure you will not be disappointed.
But no matter how much I try, I cannot watch all my favorite shows at once. And I do not want to miss the delicious cooking as well. If I miss out a few shows, I try to watch them on YouTube. But the latest shows are not always available. Plus, if I am replicating a recipe I would love to have the recipe on my phone so that I can cook along with the chef. But then again, this would consume a lot of data on my phone. But just when I thought that you need to lose some to gain some, I learnt about the features of Tata Sky + Transfer. This enables me to watch a show and record any other show on any other channel. Confused? For example, if I'm watching Masterchef Australia at 9pm on Star World and there is Eat Street going on on Fox Life, I can record it while watching Star World. How cool is that?
And that's not it all. This comes with a storage space of 500 Gb that can store enough shows for you. But then again, while you are busy watching the current shows, how and when will you watch the recorded ones? Not a problem. Tata Sky + Transfer comes with a wifi dongle that enables you to send recorded content to your mobile phones and tablets. The transfer feature can be enabled on two devices at a time. This means that the Tata Sky subscriber can now record and view programs on their tablets or smart phones at any place via the Tata Sky app. So now I can watch my cookery shows while I waste time travelling to and from work. Or when there is a power cut at home. Or at any boring family function. Or anytime when I am a tad bit free! And this would not consume any of my mobile data. Because these videos can be watched offline! Tata Sky + Transfer is quite an innovative solution for people like me who want to be in touch with their favorite entertainment round the clock. And the best part is that I don't even have to be at home to record the shows. I can have the show recorded from anywhere using my mobile. Technology has improved so much that it almost scares me at times.
But I'm not exactly complaining. Because this is exactly what is called having the cake and eating it too!