A bunch of people in AIESEC Brno were talking about a Global Village event that makes you cook food from your country. When I first heard of it, my blood ran cold. C’mon, I never cook. Not even rice. Everything I make is instant–instant soup, instant muffins, etc. If it isn’t instant, I just eat it straight from the can with a big spoon. Microwaved food is merely optional.
Then my mind went back to my time as an exchange student in France, where I just leeched off other people or ate bread and pate–not exactly my proudest moments. So the other day, I was going through my old diary entries from 2 years ago, and I saw my list of “goals” of things to do in France, such as: lose weight, run every day, draw more, learn French, learn how to cook… Did I do any of those things? Nuh-uh.
So yesterday, I decided to cook. To add more pressure to myself, I told my two Hungarian friends that I would make Filipino food for them.
Here is the result of my cooking:
Vegetable Fried Rice
Well, there it is. Adobong Manok sa Gata, otherwise known as Chicken Adobo in Coconut Milk, as well as Vegetable Fried Rice.
It tasted much better than I had hoped–quite good, actually, and my two friends said that they enjoyed it.
It wasn’t without its trials, though: I killed my hands trying to peel the garlic cloves (“Whattt? They needed to be peeled??”) and I made enough rice for an army (I still have two tupperwares full of it in the fridge).
No matter. I’m still kind of proud of what I did.
One Filipino dish per week. Does that sound good? 🙂