Tuesday, September 11, 2007


I'm not liking anything I'm cooking these days. We had friends over last weekend, and they oohed and aahed over the food, but after they left, I was bored of it. I'm still fine with the cheeses and the spinach dip, but the roast pork, I wish I had given more away.

I'm craving what I'm not getting. A friend of mine told me about a chinese banquet she attended: cold plate, abalone, lots and lots of seafood, fried rice with two types of sauces. Made my mouth water just to hear about it. I guess it's cuz I don't make much ethnic foods; hubby's a white guy through and through, so I'd rather make something he'll eat than have him pick his way through dinner because I've made something I like.

I'm looking forward to visiting my sister and getting some good food. I've started a course again, so hubby said he'll cook. It's a scarier proposition for me than him. Not that I don't think he can cook, but my kitchen is my refuge, just like the wood workshop is his. I don't go into his sanctuary, but he's quite happy going into mine, and he feels like I'm saying he's inadequate in his culinary skills. It's more the fact that I know what's where in that jumbled mess of mine, which drives him crazy, because he can't find things. Course, being a typical male, he won't look past what's right in front of him, which is half the battle.

Like I said, I'm looking forward to time spent with my sister, where I don't have to cook. Not that I mind cooking, it's more the battles in the kitchen with hubby that I find wearing.


Rosie said...

I like ethnic foods too. I get bored with american stand-bys, as well. What course are you taking? I thought about taking a few courses next year, but I don't know if anything culinary is offered on the night program. You and shades sound like you're great cooks that I would love to have dinner with!

Anonymous said...

I'm a lousy cook, Rosie. My dh is a great cook. :)

I would have taken the roast pork if we lived close enough to each other, Epi. I'm wanting some sauerkraut with pork chops right now.

Epicure68 said...

Good for you Rosie! If there's one thing I can't stand (except in hubby, I tolerate it) is a fussy eater. Even our friend, altho he's a fussy eater in some ways, at least he does eat ethnic, so I forgive him. ;-)

I'm taking Accounting for the Manager as part of my HR certificate. I figured I've done some fun courses (well as fun as it gets in HR) so I might as well get one of the really boring ones out of the way. I'm so not into finances.

Check your local school board; if they're anything like ours, they offer night time courses on a variety of things, including ethnic cooking.

Like Shades said, her DH is a fabulous cook, and Shades makes some wicked cinnamon buns and baguettes, amongst other things.

Boy, I wish you lived closer cuz I finally forced the last of the pork down my throat, and I really didn't enjoy it.

Liz said...

As a card-carrying stove-o-phobe, anyone helping me in the kitchen is a blessing.

I see abalone was mentioned in the Chinese buffet. I thought it was endangered. Do you know anything about that?

Epicure68 said...

Well hubby and I would have battles. Being male, he doesn't see the messes like I do. So now when he cooks, i have to avoid the kitchen. But it's working out well I must say. Either that, or I'm getting drunk enough not to care. LOL!

Yeah, I believe abalone is either endangered, or getting scarce at the very least. But asians, to have good face, don't care how much they have to pay for the opportunity to show off. We as an ehtnic group, esp. first generations, are not that much into saving the world. Sad commentary, isn't it?