I saw this on another blog and thought it looked like fun.
Here are 5 things I’ve learned about cooking in 2010:
- Just about anything CAN be made at home. I know there’s at least one of you on the other side going, “Duh.” But, honestly, I have figured out how to reproduce some of our favorite restaurant or boxed/canned meals from the States, here in South America, on a limited budget with somewhat limited and/or different resources.
- Ingenuity is key. I don’t always…scratch that… hardly ever do I have all the right ingredients to make pretty much anything. But, coming up with alternatives is no longer as difficult as it once was and it makes cooking even more exciting.
- Fresh vegetables are so much better than frozen or canned. They were so expensive in the States, I think I always limited myself to potatoes, onions, and lettuce. Honestly! But, now, since they’re affordable, I don’t know how I ever got along using frozen veggies.
- It may take time, but the end result is worth it. Here, it seems like nothing is as simple as opening a box or calling for take-out. But, all the nights I really, really wanted to just get take-out and be done with it, but took the time to cook, have not been wasted.
- Do not take luxuries for granted. Things like cream cheese are available here, but they’re SO expensive that it truly IS a luxury. So, we use them wisely and with great love and care. 🙂 Two blocks of cream cheese went into a bunch of different meals, as well as breakfast. You just tend to use it more scarcely and with more planning than when it’s readily available.
Those are my 5. I’ve learned a lot about cooking this year – or, really, since moving here. I enjoy it more than I ever did before. My sister and I used to be SO much alike, but as we’ve gotten older, we’ve come to realize that she would rather sand and paint a room than cook and I would rather peel my fingernails off than paint a room, but I LOVE cooking. My mom has already decided that when we get back to the States, I’m doing most of the cooking since we’ll be living with them again for awhile. I’d love to take on most, if not all, of Christmas dinner or something fancy for my entire family. I think that’d be fun, whereas I can already see my sister pulling her hair out one by one if I even hint at asking her to help. 🙂
Next month is our birthday (Brian and I share a birthday, just in case you’re new to this blog). Our tradition had always been a new cheesecake recipe every year. But, I wasn’t able to do it last year. So, this year, I’ve already been scouring the internet for cheesecake recipes that are do-able here. If you happen to have one that you LOVE – pass it along! I’m trying to come up with a menu for our birthday dinner, but I haven’t really discovered anything that goes, “That’s the one!” We don’t have any concrete plans for our birthday yet, but I think it would be fun to stay in and do something at home this year. But we’ll see. I don’t really care. As long as I get ONE card and ONE gift… I should be okay. 😉 I’m still such a child; I’d love a giant surprise birthday party, but since I have to share it with my husband, that just wouldn’t be fair to him. And that’s okay. I suppose. 😉
So, what 5 things have YOU learned about cooking this year or am I the only one who cares about something like this??