My adventures with cooking

I really don’t like to cook.

I know I should, it’s a necessity of life, and I certainly like to eat, but I hate it. It’s boring. It means that I have to clean afterwards. Most food tastes pretty much the same to me anyway so I don’t see the point and I’ve got better things to do with my time. The trouble is, if you don’t cook than you end up spending every dollar you have on takeaway food that is expensive, doesn’t taste that great, and is bad for you.

I ate Mexican food the other day. I love Mexican food and that’s thanks to China. Life is funny like that. I lived in Vietnam and learned to love Indian food there and then I lived in China and learned to love Mexican food. I don’t really get how that works. So anyway, I ate Mexican food and it tasted bad and it gave me a stomach ache and I thought, okay, that’s it.

So that’s what this week has been about. It’s about me…. Cooking. There are a lot of people out there who know me who are laughing right now. But it’s true. I’ve actually been learning about how to cook easy Mexican foods. Like Mexican mince pasta:

Ingredients: Taco seasoning packet, 500g pork mince, one onion, two green chillies, one green capsicum, can of diced tomatoes, can of corn, spaghetti, cheese.

 Boil the spaghetti until it’s soft. Slice the onion and soften in the pan, add the mince and brown. Slice the chillies and capsicum into little pieces. Once the mince is brown add the vegetables, the can of tomatoes and the taco mix. Cook for about ten minutes until everything’s ready. Serve the meat mix on top of the spaghetti with cheese over the top.

The pasta was actually pretty good, but I still don’t really like cooking. I like watching other people cook, I’m an avid fan of the show MasterChef, but despite my liking for the show I don’t really understand why food is such a big deal to people these days. To some people, food is creative expression, it is art, it is connection to others, it is memories and cultures and places.

To me, food is what fuels my body and stops my stomach grumbling at me.

It’s not that I judge other people for how they look at food, I just really don’t get it.

Cream of Cauliflower soup Ingredients: 700g of cauliflower, 3 cups of vegetable stock, 1 cup of cream, oil for the pan and nutmeg.

Cook the cauliflower like it’s starting to soften, add the stock and simmer for about 15 minutes. Take off the heat and stir through the cream. Put into the blender until the soup is smooth and then return back to the heat, stir through the nutmeg and heat the soup through. Serve with crunchy, buttered bread.

It’s cold here at the moment, so food that’s nice and warming is helpful. I can’t connect to the food on the same way that others can and do, but I can appreciate a warm bowl of cauliflower soup when it’s four degrees and rainy and windy outside.

Eggy fried rice recipe: cook two cups of rice the day before and put in the fridge to dry, 3 eggs, good amount of ham, at least ten mushrooms depending on size, frozen peas, fish sauce, soy sauce, oil for cooking, 1 onion.

 Fry the onion, ham and the mushrooms until cooked, add the frozen peas and toss until thawed and cooked. Dose with sauces and add the rice, heat thoroughly and add more sauce if needed. Crack the eggs in a bowl and mix together, pour over the rice and toss over a high heat until cooked. Serve immediately.

 And that’s it. That’s pretty much the extent of my cooking prowess, and my interest in the topic. This is what I’ve learned this week.

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