Exclusive Interview with Mrs. Renu Dcosta and her Chef husband, Devashish Dcosta
1. What is it to date a Traveler Chef?
Renu: Well it’s not easy, coping with long hours, constantly changing schedules, stress and in our case, distances since he is a traveler chef. It’s lonely and at times, one struggles to deal with it on a long term.
2. When and how did you meet Chef Devashish?
Renu: Our Love tale sounds straight from a Bollywood movie. Cross Cultural bond as I’m Hindu and my husband is Catholic.
Our Love blossomed during our childhood, we got disconnected, grew up in different cities but fate got us together again.
We met accidentally and finally, decided to spend rest of our lives together. Our families opposed our marriage citing diametrically different cultures and beliefs. We eloped, got married and settled down. As they say, time is a great healer, our families came to terms with our relationship and finally accepted us. I was baptized and we married again in church with our families together.
3. How do you keep the spark alive in your relationship with him being a traveler Chef?
Renu: Hmm…(Amused). Actually, the credit goes to my husband. He is a loving partner and a doting father to my kids.
His world rotates around us as a family and that hasn’t changed a bit. You know over years, I have realized that relationships are not about seeing each other daily or attending social parties as a couple but it’s about sharing life.
Living the same sentiments even when you are miles apart, having small yet memorable moments and cherishing them even if digitally, over a call or video chat.
The excitement reaches a new level when he comes home on his annual leave. The sanctity and purity of this love is enchanting and we both live by it.
4. Share one of your favorite valentine memories?
Renu: This was early in our marriage when he was still settling and I too was adjusting in a new environment. My first Valentine post marriage is one of my favorites. It was a regular day, he went to work and so did I. When I came back, a big surprise welcomed me. He was at home much earlier than his regular time and our living room was glowing with candles and roses. And he cooked my favorite cuisine, it was truly special.
We just sat and chatted for hours together over a glass of wine. It was nice, cosy and simple and we loved every moment of it.
Over the years, he has progressed and we have missed quite a few Valentines, but what matters most is our love for each other, which is deep.
5. So what’s cooking this Valentine?
Renu: I feel on cloud nine as after 4 years, he is home this valentine, so it’s most definitely special. It’s nostalgic and reminds me of our first Valentine date.
I felt like a teenager again, as my hubby almost recreated that moment in our living space just for me. I have a sweet tooth which he knows and so “Its BEBNICA”, to foster my love for sweets.
And here’s the recipe of BEBNICA on eve of Valentine for your readers.
Renu & Chef Devashish Dcosta.
|Coconut Juice||1 cup|
|Nutmeg Powder||¼ tsp|
- Mix the coconut milk, flour, sugar, nutmeg and the egg yolks and make a batter.
- Grease an oven proof dish with a spoonful of melted butter, pour 75 ml of batter into the dish and spread evenly.
- Bake till golden brown.
- Spread another spoonful of butter and pour another 75 ml of batter over it and spread evenly.
- Bake and repeat this until all the batter is used up.
- Turn out the Bebinca onto a wire rack.
- Cool and cut into slices before serving.
- For garnish, use some kiwis, strawberries, chocolate and strawberry sauces decorated with whipped cream.
- Decorate accordingly as per your wishes for the valentine’s theme.