IN SCHOOL

Bonds in the kitchen

Food = Various ingredients, stirred, cooked and garnished with emotions.PSBB MILLENNIUM SCHOOL, COIMBATORE,serves this exciting platter calledKITCHEN CHEMISTRY.

Bonds in the kitchen are a lot more than just that – both from a chemical perspective and a sentimental one. The threads of emotional and chemical bonds prevalent in the kitchen add to the allure of food, apart from building healthy relations among people. If a lot can happen over a cup of coffee, even more could happen while making it. Food plays many roles. It enhances the way we perceive things because a full stomach means a happy and productive mind. The whole experience of cooking or baking food in the kitchen provides the savoury base for an eventful time. When more hands and hearts put their spirit into what they make, a magical bond blooms. It brings together different people with a common passion. And where there’s variety there’s always more than one layer of icing!

While food cannot be boiled down to nutrients and calories, there’s a whole new level of bonding that can be discovered when looked at through a scientific lens. Chemical bonding in the kitchen has equally delicious and beautiful results as the emotional connects.

Just as carbon shares its electrons it’s good to share some soul! The important lesson that we all learn from the kitchen is that all the elements and mixtures sacrifice their characteristic properties to become a compound that everybody relishes.

Have you ever appreciated your mom or grandma for showing a special interest in you, while preparing your food? Dining time is not to be spent watching TV or playing video games. It’s a time to bond over small talk about the day’s happenings. It’s a time to appreciate your mom and others and to dwell on the science of cooking.

Learning and sharing cooking skills will be enticing for your parents and yourself. Indulge yourself in preparing fresh food rather than consuming refrigerated ones. The benefits of freshly prepared food are more than that of frozen fare. A great family helps each other and creates a strong bond while preparing delicious dishes for special occasions.

The mouth-watering caramel that sticks to the roof of your mouth, just like memories stick to your heart, is the upshot of an exothermic reaction of the burning of sugar. And the omelette that steams, sitting attractively on a plate, finds its origins in a simple endothermic reaction! And we all know how the omelette holds a special place in our stomach.

Have you ever recognised that processes like evaporation, condensation diffusion and gas laws (Boyle or Charles) are so common in the kitchen? Have you ever speculated why meat doesn’t expand and cake fills up the container during cooking? Actually, the protein molecules in the meat are in bonded coils, but as heat is applied the bonds break and the coils start to unwind. The baking soda makes the cake fluffy by letting out carbon dioxide. And when you eat a cake the most notable change is the smile on people’s faces.

Food means a lot more than just eating at least for some. You either live to eat or you eat to live, either way you end up gaining a lot – both in terms of calories and reminiscences.



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