I am no Lucid (this blogger can make a mean turtle soup, I am yet to taste though *hint*hint) in the cook department but I know I can keep my man reasonably happy with my expertise in the kitchen. Ginger scores herself 7/10.
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But I have a confession. In the last 5 months, my cooking had become sh*tty. Like the bad workman I blamed it on the tools - British salt, British mince, British chicken, British pots, the gas burner, British spice, British rice, British beans etc etc when the only ingredient missing in my recipe was .. PATIENCE. Even Julie of Julie and Julia acknowledged its importance. And I am confessing to you Blogfam, I am an impatient cook. Example 1 - I forget to bring out the mince from the freezer and rather than wait for it to thaw, I impatiently begin to make a stir fry. Result - chunks of unseasoned icy meat.
Example 2- To make stew, the Nigerian way, you fry the tomato paste till the moisture is gone and it looks crumbey. Impatient Ginger convinces herself that its healthier not to over-cook the tomatoes (cos she cant wait) then she hates the finished raw tasting tomatoey end product.
Example 3 - Cooking beans has destroyed my pots. I put it on the fire and cause I cant wait the required 40mins cooking time in the kitchen. I go to my room, get wrapped up in facebook, books or blogs and next thing i smell is burning beans!
Example 4 - When my house mates ask what are you cooking, I mumble my answer 'some sort of mishmash'. Cos i am embarrassed they may be curious enough to want to taste. Let my shame stay with me.
Example 5 - Instant noodles are now my favourite dish (3 minutes)!!
Anyway, I finally got tired of eatting crappy food and making excuses for them. Especially after I spent last Sunday in a friend's place and sat with her for 3 hours as she prepared meals for the week. I had to ask myself - Girl, if you cant cook to please yourself how can you please others?
Tuesday evening was a bit free for me. I had bought my turkey mince the evening before and kept it in the fridge. Cook dried my tomato paste. Sauteed the onions, sweetcorn, carrots, peas and pepper. then fried my tomatoes the right way. sauteed the mince. Put it all together - A big pot of tomato mince stew. I spent 2 hours in the kitchen but it was deliciously worth it.
It looked a lot like this!
On the plus side, my housemates must have thought the washing fairy visited. The only reason I got to stay in the kitchen long enough for my food to cook was washing all the plates in the communal sink. yeah I am nice that way.