Why I Take Over People's Kitchens All Over the World
When international travelers think of great food during their adventures, many reflect on that amazing home cooked meal that a serendipitously acquired acquaintance prepared, or perhaps that friend of a friend that took you in after too many touristy restaurants. But have any of you ever thought of cooking for the people and communities that you visit? Jay Kannaiyan has. The long term motorcycle traveler makes it a point to spread goodness through cooking for the locals he visits with through his travels.
Early in his journey, Jay realized that cooking was an important part of his background that he could share with others while curing himself of homesickness. What started off for Jay as a CouchSurfing suggestion for showing gratitude for a free stay, developed into a lifelong passion of working his way into strange kitchens all around the world. “By cooking,” says Jay, “I gained an amazing insight: food breaks down a lot of barriers: cultural, lingual, or social.”
The ingredients that Jay feels comfortable with are very broad and he typically uses whatever is locally available. “In almost any vegetable market in the world, it’s easy to find onions, tomatoes, ginger, and garlic.” However, the most important thing that Jay brings with him are the spices that are dried and ground by his mother in Chennai, India. He has these shipped in a rather circuitous route to wherever he is in the world and stashes them in specially made containers on his motorbike.