“Cooking actually builds good character.” I blurted out to my good friend and ex-retreat roommate Tala during our Skype session yesterday. Repeating what I just said in my head, I realized that it sounded like such a spot-on insight! Then taking a quick peep at my chili con carne, which had been cooking for more than 5 hours under super low hear, indeed, cooking can build good character.
Waiting for stone-hard kidney beans to cook was no joke. Aside from the fact that I was worried I spent so much gas from the slow cooking, I was worried I would never ever get to finish in time for my South Indian dinner. Ha! Thank God the beans eventually submitted to the slow bubble from the heat and turned out quite nicely for The Husband’s palate. Whew! Good things really come to those who wait. I just didn’t think it would take 6.5 hours!
I’ve always worked on a tight budget, so knowing I spent 6.5 hours cooking meant 6.5 hours worth of gas, I knew it was such a waste. Therefore, making me realize, that perhaps buying the canned red kidney beans would, in the end, be the most cost and time efficient choice. I used canned red kidney beans in the last time I cooked chili con carne, which only took me 2 hours to finish. Aha! See? Math skills needed in cooking!
The Thai Red Curry Fish I cooked the other day actually generated more than enough sauce needed. We had a container full of red curry sauce that needed to be transformed into something, anything edible. Again, we didn’t want to chuck out anything edible into the trash. We don’t like waste. Boo. And so, this challenged me to squeeze out some creative culinary juices. I thought that the consistency of the sauce was similar to that of a Singaporean laksa. Why not buy a packet of noodles cook and dunk it into the sauce then top with crispy pork belly? Voila! New dish from leftovers! Isn’t it amazing what leftovers can push you to create?
I’m one of those people, who express their love to another through means of an act of service like cooking. So I put in a whole lot of love when I cook. But admittedly, I don’t always get to cook up the perfect dish and receive a lot of feedback from my one and only customer, The Husband. In cooking, I learned to be humble in accepting constructive criticism (which isn’t necessarily easy to accept okay? It hurts sometimes.), which will hopefully make me a better cook…preferably sooner than later 😀
This adage will never grow old: “Practice makes perfect.” Though many times I do find myself very, very frustrated because I can’t seem to nail a perfect dish, I roll up my sleeves (if any) and just try again and again and again. I realized you just have to learn from all your mistakes and keep them in mind the next time you cook. So I will just keep on cooking until I really get too damn good! *crosses fingers and toesies*
P.S. Trying the new closing again. Does this sound better than “delirious about delicious” or not?