For me, cooking is all about imagination. Imagination to create something. Imagination to enjoy something. Imagination to satisfy your hunger and thirst.
Growing up, I was full of imagination. I had so many stories bubbled in my head – even till now, I still have lots of imagination. At this point, I never grow up. I might be still an 8 years old girl who ran around the riverfront to catch butterflies or kites. I never played Barbie in my life. But I played with dolls that I created from papaya or banana stem. Then, I would create the hair from wool threads, and clothes from patchwork. As simple as is that. I love my imagination, and stories in my head. These made me so alive.
So, one day I woke up with a thought: I wanted a potato casserole. I haven’t had a potato dish for a while. So, I was imagining what I really needed and wanted to be in my casseroles: potato, mushroom, and zucchini. For the sauces: I wanted tomato sauce (marinara) and white sauce (béchamel). I wanted to make those sauces myself as I really knew what I’d put into the sauces. So, I would definitely need fresh tomatoes. For béchamel ingredients, I’d already had at home.
As I was meeting a friend in town, I headed up to Ranch Market upon finished meeting that friend. I bought what I really needed. Got home, I went straight to make the sauces. Marinara is always be my favorite sauce because of its versatile. But, one part I really hate from making marinara sauce was bleaching the tomatoes (later I found on YouTube how to bleach the tomatoes skin easily).
This took me an hour to make the marinara. For béchamel, it’s a lot easier. All I needed was to melt butter on the pan, add flour, and milk. In addition, I could also put some cheese if I really wanted – which I did, since I still had leftover of the cheddar cheese from making sweet martabak that morning. I was quite relieved to finish that task, and I went to bed happily with my white and red sauces on the fridge and will make my morning far easier with the advance preparation. Also, I’ve done boiling the potato. Well, I could actually baked the potato, but boil it would make it far easier.
The next morning, I woke up around 6, and went straight to the kitchen. With the sauces and potato have been already ready, this only took me less than one hour till the food was ready. The food was finally ready, and I had a chance to enjoy the food with some ladies in the house and one of our neighbors. This was awesome to me since that neighbor always thought that my food was pretty weird. And this was the first time she said that the food was delicious.
Done with a huge breakfast, I had another idea to make a crunchy waffle. Also, I’d seen my waffle maker was sitting for quite a while in the cupboard. The last time I’d made waffle was when my parents had been visiting. Now, it’s time to take it down and made another batch of waffle. Realized that I did not have milk, nut milk, and coconut milk, I asked my aunt if she had any – which turned out she had. I was too lazy to get out from the house to get fresh coconut milk or milk, and it would take a lot time to soak and make my own nut milk.
So, the second round began. Well, making waffle did not need a lot time: making the batter (less than 10 minutes), letting it sit for 15 minutes, then another 15 minutes to fry the waffle. I yield 6 pieces of waffles which were enough for my auntie, cousin, and me. Each had two pieces and added some banana slices. Ah, the portion was so huge till I could barely breath. Hahahaha…overrating and overindulge over the holiday was pretty common. Yeah…
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