Becoming A MasterChef

Lesson: I know more about cooking than I thought I did, however, that doesn’t mean it’s much to brag about.

I’d have to consider myself decent or at least competent in the kitchen. I can do basic, menial things like boiling water, frying eggs, flipping pancakes, grilling meat, baking a casserole and following a recipe. I’m not entirely a hopeless case.

So far I’ve been able to figure out enough reasonably priced and simple meals to eat in the last month to ensure I survive the rest of this semester. They may not be anything very creative or varying, but there’s only so much I can do when I’m without a car in a foreign country. To top that, I didn’t come prepared with any recipes and, even if I had, the Australian grocery stores don’t always stock the same products. Therefore, I’ll give myself some kind of credit wherever I can afford it.

Besides that, I’ve also realized that I’ve picked up quite a bit of knowledge as I’ve grown up from being around my mom and grandma in the kitchen. Not just about cooking, but about things in general like keeping leftovers and cleaning as I cook. I’ve also managed to acquire a few tricks from my mom along the way. I always make sure to keep an extra loaf of bread and a bag of shredded cheese in the freezer. That way I’ll have bread if I run out or cheese whenever I need it. They’re two of my vital necessities after all.

When I get back home, I’m looking forward to being able to cook more and have access to all my favorite recipes. That way, in the fall, I’ll be ready for life living in an apartment after three years of living in a dorm where all my food is provided. I’d have to say I’m pretty excited to experiment with cooking with my friends next semester. It’ll sure be a whole lot simpler.

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