I can’t cook to save my life. The thought of doing anything that doesn’t involve sticking a Hot Pocket into the microwave and waiting for 120 seconds for the delicious cheese to be zapped to perfection is a terrifying, sweat-inducing idea.
And when cheap, tasty food can be prepped in about five minutes with only a dollar spent in China, it is easy to stay far far away from the devilish place that is my apartment’s kitchen.
But as Chinese New Year rolled around, I thought it was time to choose a month long resolution. A goal. And from this decision came my next month’s project: “From Couch to Kitchen.”
Now, this foray into the kitchen won’t be easy. Mostly because I hate doing the dishes. And I can never seem to get the stove top to work. Oh, and I live in China.
At the trip to the wet market this morning to pick up some fruit and veg for this project of mine, I felt like a four-year-old playing the “What’s That?” game where I pointed at every vegetable having absolutely no clue what it was. Being informed of the name didn’t help either – what does one exactly DO with bitter melon, I asked?
While wandering the aisles of Carrefour and spending far too much time reading the milk labels to see whether any of the characters might scream out, “Hey, Charlotte, this is real milk!”, I started to realize the obstacle I was facing. What if, by chance, I saw a “Year of the Horse” deal and bought some horse meat dumplings without realizing? My mind naturally started to race. So I walked out of Carrefour half an hour later with a box of Corn Flakes and raisins. Great start.
So this is where I need your help. I am looking for some quick, easy recipes. Things I can make in ten minutes. And extra points for you if your recipe includes bitter melon.