I’ve just returned from a shopping trip and came home with just one Bershka shirt and a few knick-knacks. I just bought a few because it’s not sale season and most clothes are still expensive. Plus, it’s not my hakot month. January is my ultra-shopping-for-myself period when I would be shopping for two weeks straight, taking advantage of the 70-80% discounts everywhere, and that’s still two months away (wah!). 😦 The knick-knacks I previously mentioned are several baking pans that I purchased for my mom and for my future home with Chris, since he told me that he only has the basic stuff in his kitchen.
Anyone in my Facebook friends list is probably familiar with the task I undertook since September: to teach myself how to cook and bake. Everyday, I would read sites, articles and tips (Kenji Lopez-Alt’s Food Lab column in Serious Eats is really cool). I would try out recipes starting from the simplest to more complicated dishes. It’s like studying for a college course! 🙂 I think the time for airy excuses like “I don’t cook” are no longer cool as take-out foods really aren’t that healthy for everyday consumption. Luckily, I enjoy cooking and baking. I love learning new things, making something delicious out of a few simple ingredients. I used occasions and group dinners with friends to practice; always cooking and serving something I’ve never tried before. I would see where I made mistake and try to rectify it the next time. Most of all, I like the control of knowing exactly what I’m putting in my body and avoid evil stuff that could potentially kill me (e.g. MSG, vegetable oil, shortening).
I just don’t like the fact that some people equate interest in the house or learning how to cook as being boring. “Oh, she doesn’t know how to have fun anymore.” I think people just have different ideas of fun. And having a new hobby doesn’t mean one has abandoned old interests.
In spite of the above almost-rant, I do have a big smile on my face. I am in the middle of my 10-day leave from work because of Eid Al-Adha and I do appreciate the opportunity to relax and catch up with things. I haven’t experienced a single tremor or vertigo or blanking out episode – all due to stress – since the start of the vacation. Plus, I am in the middle of reading Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett (I have never read a “bad” story from this guy!).