Friends expressed surprise at me posting pictures of my kitchen adventures – ‘YOU COOK? SINCE WHEN’?
Since forever, me dears. Just that I never posted stuff about it.
When my folks split in my adolescence I had to learn not to set wherever we were staying in on fire, and I learnt to be self-reliant. And when I (finally) had my own kitchen a few years ago I did cook- but had very little room to play with. Food was just sustenance; it had to be healthy (low fat) and I had limited ingredients to play with, plus it didn’t really make sense for me to be in the kitchen much when I pretty much ended up with cooking for one. I ended up with boiling lots of soups. Pots and pots of that stuff as I could freeze and keep those for days.
AM I GLAD THAT I HAVE SOMEONE WHO LOVES TO EAT AND WHO ENCOURAGES ME TO COOK NOW.
In short, I have always enjoyed being in the kitchen – and yes, that includes doing the dishes. It is my sanctuary, laboratory, and my playground.
So in the past few months on top of baking I have been cooking, and lots.
For the first time EVER, I roasted a pork belly which I bought from Tekka Market (I paid $5 for 700 g – and the butcher very kindly helped to prick the skin of the belly, so all I had to do was boil the meat for 20 minutes, before seasoning it and leaving it to dry overnight in the fridge). I was pleased as punch about the end result – the air fryer I am using (Philips) removed what guilt I had about scoffing it down (And what? Fat IS good. I don’t buy any of that manufactured BS – I LOVE MY BUTTER.) I will so prep this again and soon.
I also did a rendang two weeks back (I basically stopped doing so for a few years – those in the know know why). And it was thankfully a success. As with the pork belly I bought everything from Tekka, which I swear is an insane place to be in, given the smorgasbord of available ingredients at low low prices (I actually scored kale which I air-fried to become chips at $5 for a HUGE bunch. BEAT THAT!) .
I do believe that rendangs and curries are labours of love, and that buying ready-made stuff is cheating. 😛
Besides these, I also did homemade salsa (diced tomatoes, chilli padi, onions, peppers, coriander, cumin – cook, and chill. Viola. EASY PEASY), and continued with my baking efforts.
Can you tell I have been happy? Ha ha… I know I am no Nigella (she is way way easier on the eyes and peels garlic a lot faster), and that there are lots of you out there who are better cooks, with better equipment, and I even have friends who teach (SHARE YOUR RECIPES PLEASE xx TYVMIA! RESPECT!) but I LOVE WHATEVER I AM DOING NOW!
The sad and bad part is that the weighing scales are complaining – for various reasons I have cut down on running, though I bike pretty much everywhere now. I am desperate enough to try TR 90 after seeing my colleague GLOWING (no, he isn’t radioactive), and will report on that after the 90 days. In the meantime, I have been issued another cooking challenge – beef wellington.
Wish me (and his tummy) luck on that. Good thing though, that there are so many hospitals nearby.