one of my new year resolution this year was to cook with my mother. motivating factor behind this resolution was to
- spend more quality time with mother
- learn how to cook
- explore more cooking recipes with mother so that we will have an interesting variety of dishes to put on the table.
it is already april and i haven’t quite found time to do this until today. most my Q1 saturdays was spent being busy at work or burning calories at the gym or whiling away in town. i had an opportunity last saturday to cook with mother but my mood was way below the weather so i gave that a pass. today, i was given another chance because i’m on medical leave. i contemplated between watching a movie online or cooking with mum (it’s embarrassing to note that i contemplated something like that) and decided on the latter. when will i have the chance again?
i’m happy with my decision. it was a 45 minutes of animated conversations, silly antics, cooking and learning. once again, i have learnt something about mother, my auntie, my niece, my nephew and i’m not sure how many more relatives we covered. i have also learnt that cooking can be quite easy and that if i were the cook for the day, i might make do with less frying – i can’t stand the smell on my hair or my shirt – who knows, i might just end up steaming/boiling every dish.
the dishes were simple tonight: –
- eggs with onions ( i was observing how mother flip the egg over when there’s still plenty of uncooked watery stuff in the middle because i do not know how.)
- spinach with abalone sauce ( i learnt that she soaked the vegetable in boiled water, with a dash of was it sugar or salt, to clear something from the vegetables as cooking spinach with this step increases the chances of getting kidney stones. i also learnt that nobody cooks spinach with pork ribs because it increases the likelihood of getting kidney stones too. (i think…because i can’t quite remember what she said.)
- sesame chicken – left over dish from last night (mother basically toss everything into the wok, add in some water, stir fry a bit and that was it.)
- fish (i never knew you only need salt and a bit of light soy sauce to fry a fish)
i was mostly kitchen assistant today, as usual. i washed the dishes, got the plates, cracked the eggs, sliced the onions/garlics, wash and cut the vegetables and watched from the sidelines!
me behind the wok! one step at a time.