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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

To Cook or Not to Cook

 (This is an old entry from my old blog, edited/updated for this one. Enjoy!)

I don’t cook…much. I’ve taken cooking classes and I know my way around the kitchen fairly enough but cooking food is not something that I love to do.

Here’s the thing: I can cook but I’d rather not go through all the trouble that goes with it. When I’m in the mood, I do prepare a meal or dessert but that doesn’t happen very often. Maybe once or twice a year – more than that if I’m really in the mood for it or if the recipes are easy -- or as easy as they seem to be in the cooking videos that I see online.

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The thing about cooking that turns me off, apart from the fact that it can be a lot of work, is that my OC tendencies mean that I like following recipes to the letter. If I don’t have a certain ingredient, I’m hesitant to use a substitute. I like following the measurements as indicated, even if my family tells me that it’s better to wing it than measuring everything. I also hate it when people try to backseat cook, constantly giving me cooking tips when I’m doing it. Cooking is a process for me and having someone dictate what to do when I’m trying to do it my way makes me a little crazy. I know people mean well but it drives me nuts! I also don’t like the fact that with cooking comes cleaning up, which is a whole other level of work altogether. It’s just too much for someone not as kitchen-inclined as me.

So far I’ve tried making Korean kimbap and pajeon, Paula Deen’s Drunken Chicken, Nori Pasta, Hainanese Chicken, Gising Gising, Bibingka, and an Oreo Cheesecake, among other things. I’ve had hits and misses but for the most part, I’ve been doing alright in the cooking department considering that I rarely do so. They have all come out fairly decent and no one has gotten sick of anything I’ve prepared yet (haha).

Lately, with all the tweets that my friends on Twitter have posted about cupcakes, I am seriously considering giving this a shot (when that will be, however, is still a big question). The show DC Cupcakes is also doing a lot to influence me in the cupcakes department. This is getting to be a serious interest because it has gotten to the point of me canvassing for an oven and a mixer at the mall.

If I manage to scrape up enough to buy the things I need to start baking, I think I’m going to be making my own cupcakes within the next couple of months. I don’t know how good it would turn out but considering that I’ll be spending a lot of money to make it happen it better be worth it. But like I said, this is all a big IF. Thinking of all the effort is enough to put me off the idea, to be honest!

For now, though, I will stick to my tried and tested recipes, like the one that I learned from my aunt more than a decade ago. I call it seaweed pasta because it has nori in it. Why am I sharing it? It’s because it's the easiest thing to do in the world and even a kitchen idiot like me can do it!

Note: The amount of each ingredient is up to you. If you want it to be vegan, skip the crab meat. If you want more meat, try mixing in some grilled chicken bits too!


Angel Hair Pasta
Crab Meat, chopped
Dried Seaweed, cut into small pieces
Fresh Basil, chopped
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Grated Cheese (whatever kind you prefer)
Toasted Sesame Seeds


Step 1: Cook pasta
Step 2: Mix everything else and you're good to go!

Easy recipe right? Give it a shot and let me know what you think!


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