So it was pointed out to me
that what I was thinking of as an omelette was actually scrambled eggs (pictures on the other end. Look very yummy). My definition of scrambled eggs was eggs + only liquid ingredients. My definition of an omelette was eggs + solid ingredients.
So this means that I know I have finally made scrambled eggs! \o/ (Now to figure out the omelette thing)
Cooked eggs again for breakfast three days ago. I have been trying to add one new thing every day. That day, it was vegetables, chopped fine. We call them pechay baguio, similar to pechay tagalog
(which I believe you guys will know as bok choy?). I don't know any other names for it, though.( pictures of ingredients )
That day, I learned some important things:
- chopping up vegetables(anything!) into thin strips is hard! Tends to be too thick most of the time, and uneven
- Peeling garlic before crushing it is tedious. I learned the next day to crush before peeling. That went much better
- Chopping onions ;_;
- Your cooking spoon/spatula thing should not be wet! Got stung by hot oil (just little pinpricks) because I didn't realize it shouldn't be sizzling like that. I thought it was one of the hazards of cooking, and I was terrified but I had to go on because
I was stubborn I thought it was normal. Turns out it isn't. Oops
- Getting stung by pinpricks of hot oil? Not the end of the world. Startling, annoying, still makes me jumpy, but not permanent, not earth-shattering
Then the past two days, I was getting bored with cooking eggs, so I looked through our pantry, discovered we have something like two dozen(!!!) cans of tuna in there, and started experimenting.
First experiment with tuna, just frying with some oil + some garlic (what do you call that? It's gisa
in Filipino, emphasis on the second syllable, but I can't think of the equivalent in English), until the garlic was browned, then putting in the tuna to make it smell good + heat it up + just play (with fire. hah).
Then once the tuna was removed, and since the pan was still hot, I decided to play about a bit by cooking some pear slices on the pan. I got the idea that you could cook pear from pauamma
's descriptions of what he sometimes cooks... though I am certain that how I cooked it is not what he had in mind :-)
It looked boring, so I drizzled some honey on! Bad idea, left a burnt smell, though surprisingly not much of a burnt taste. I have since gotten more ideas for cooking pear from #dw. Also other ideas for cooking tuna (tuna melt, mmm). Thanks guys!
I then chopped up the pear into my tuna. Tuna was dry, pear was moist. In hindsight, I maybe should have tried cooking the pear with
the tuna, but overall it was, hm, interesting at least. Bearable. Not something I'd inflict on someone else, but it satisfied my hunger.
Also helped out with lunch and dinner! Did maybe half of the work, with a lot of handholding (chicken with potato carrots for lunch, salmon for dinner!)
So then yesterday, I got out the tuna again, but this time I chopped up a huge Fuji apple and cooked three quarters of it with the tuna, to make it moist. That part worked, but the Fuji apple tasted too much like tuna, and the tuna didn't taste enough like apple, so as an experiment it's only about a 7 or so (a 5, with +2 factor added for experimentation that didn't actually blow up in my face). Maybe I could have mixed the remaining quarter of the apple in with the rest post-cooking, to make things sweeter/apple-r tasting?
I also used a wok, instead of a frying pan to minimize splatter (this wasn't my idea, it was suggested to me. It was a great suggestion!). Other ingredients -- garlic, uhhh and I guess that's it.
That was the day I burned
my finger. Applied this amazing balm (I don't know the name, but it felt like it leeched all the heat out of the burn). It's healed quite well now. Spent half a day typing funny, until I could put pressure back on my finger. Now my index finger feels strangely numb, and I think that's a blister, but it's not painful or tender.
And today, I want to code too much to do any cooking, so I'm eating whatever I can find in the refrigerator.