I’ve been trying to cook more. I’ve been married for the last 7 years and Meanie was the one who really cooked. I’m more of a baker than a cook but I can’t feed homemade cookies and cakes to my kids all the time! Meanie would happily eat homemade cookies and cakes all the time but that’s not really a good idea. I dabbled in cooking before but now I’m proud to say I cook more than Meanie! Hee hee hee. My MIL (mother-in-law) came for two weeks earlier this year to help me out with BB when he was a few weeks old. She also gave me cooking lessons! Yay! She taught me how to make simple and basic Vietnamese dinners – like Vietnamese egg omelette, baked chicken legs, chicken leg stew with peas (Hm, I should make that one of these days!) and her infamous chicken curry. (Which I DID try to make and I thought it was a fail. Certainly didn’t taste like my MIL’s! but it was good – my mom said – which is a RARE compliment). Which brings me to a tangent…
Tangent: Do your moms insult your cooking? Is that an Asian mom thing? I’ve mentioned earlier that I love to bake. I used to make Christmas cookies as gifts, when I had time (i.e., before kids). My cookie bags usually contain the “Neiman Marcus” Chocolate Chip cookies, Holiday Biscotti (Giada from Food Network recipe), World Peace Cookies (Chocolate with Sea Salt) and something else I would throw in there. I’d slave away every holiday to make them cookies! Everyone seemed happy with my cookies and I was happy to give them the cookies. Happy to slave away. Till one time, I had this conversation with my mom:
Mom: So you bought the cookies, right?
Mom: You bought the cookies and dipped them in chocolate at home and told people you made them, right?
Me: .. WHAT???
Mom: What? You didn’t buy them, like from a store?
Me: I can’t believe you’re saying this to my face! *so utterly insulted*
She said the same thing after I made Pork Belly Buns – she thought I bought them but then when I said I made them, she continued to insult them. Ugh.
That’s just a typical conversation every time I make something. Last time, I made cake balls from the Babycakes cake pop machine – She said they were “too burnt” and then went ahead and ate all of my red velvet cake balls (that I were going to dress in a Candymelt coating). What the heck? Ugh, this deserves a whole blog for itself….one day.
My weekend was productive. On Saturday, I made a huge batch of baby food for BB – combinations involving sweet potato, broccoli, apple, carrots and pears. About 24 little containers of baby food. That should hold him off for a while. My BB is nice and chunky. I put him in 9-month old pants (He’ll be 8 months next week) and they were capri-length on him. He’s a little happy chunker! Well, most of the time – he’s teething and he’s a grouch a lot of the time, too. He’s sprouted his first tooth (bottom) and it’s still too little to detect in pictures because it just broke the gum line.
Sorry for the craptastic picture.
[I was taking this in a hurry and didn’t get a chance to retake it because CB managed to fall off his chair and started crying AND I was holding a screechy baby with my left arm]
Yesterday I made a huge batch of Broccoli and Cheese Soup (courtesy of Pioneer Woman – I love her and her recipes! I also DVR her Food Network TV show, too. Did I mention I love her?) The recipe is awesome. It’s super simple to make. Had I known that this soup was that easy to make I would have made this long time ago instead of trekking to Panera Bread to get my fix! I also finally busted out my immersion blender to blend it smoothly. I’ve had that since I was married and just never used it till now. I will use it more regularly from now on. I’m on a soup kick now that it’s getting colder. I want to make Butternut Squash soup, Carrot soup and now my next project is Wild Mushroom Bisque soup. Au Bon Pain has these soups in their soup line-up but the one closest to my work has closed down! 😦
I also made Banana Cake balls with the cake pop machine but I didn’t like how it turned out. I’m sure my mom is munching on them this very minute and planning on insulting me about them later on. *rolls eyes*
I was planning on posting all of my dinner options in this post but I realized it would be way too long of an entry so that will come another time. Till then!