My mom told me not to bother learning to cook until after I was married. She said I'd be doing it for the rest of my life, so like it or not, I'd learn to love it.
It was probably one of her best pieces of advice. .. .. ... . ever!
Before I was married... I knew how to make a killer smoothie, a notoriously delicious salad, and an incredible sandwich. Oh, and I knew how to cut some fruit. That's all a single lady really needs to know. That, and where the frozen food section in your local Trader Joe's is. I also knew the best places for breakfast, dessert, dinner and happy hour all over LA.
Now that I've been married for a little over a year and acquired $100K in student debt, eating out is not an option. So I have dived headfirst into the world of cooking. I have slowly learned English names of vegetables (even though I'm American Born Chinese, it's surprising how little I know in a grocery store besides the basic vegetables), acquired a few new cooking tools along the way, and I am slowly making my way into hoity toity cooking (last night, I made a butternut squash with carmelized onions, gorgonzala, cheddar, and spinach pizza!... I made the dough myself, and this morning, I made us omelettes, an egg white one for me, with bacon, cheddar, red bell peppers, onions and squeezed some fresh OJ!.. welcome to Dining with Daisy!).
No, I never took home-ec in school though I wish I did. Instead, my marriage is homemaking 101.
In just a year and a half of marriage, I have learned:
1) what pork roast looks like
2) where everything is in a grocery store
3) what simmer means
4) how to pronounce colander INcorrectly (some things won't change)
5) how to cook butternut squash
6) how to cut a pineapple
7) how to chop an onion
8) how to sugar my nuts
9) how to make bread from scratch
And most importantly...
10) that my guinea pig husband loves me as he eats everything I make with a smile and tells me it's good (he doesn't lie, but I notice when his mom or sister cooks, he says how good it is with real zest, the same zest I have only been lucky to hear from my own creations on a few occasions).
But I won't lie.. cooking almost everyday can become tiring... so I'm grateful my husband is so encouraging. Thanks soy sauce! You're the best and I'm glad I get to cook for you almost every night!
Oh... and... that bacon makes anything delicious. Even whipped cream from a can. Yes... try it, then knock it.