Today, I cooked rice without the aid of a rice cooker. It felt awesome. But let me tell you the backstory.
I know how to make the good old spaghetti, a few whip-up desserts, some fried breakfast meals, and a couple of Pinoy viands. But I never thought this day would come this soon. The day I’d gamble my dignity trying to cook rice without a rice cooker. (And afterwards telling the blogosphere about it.)
What can I say? I never liked cooking. I don’t like the idea of working so hard just to be able to eat. Preparing, slicing, thawing frozen meat, heating and sautéing, I’m not a fan of these activities. In fact, I’ve just developed a list of reasons why I don’t like cooking. And here it is:
- Seriously, if I’d devote an hour cooking, that already means an hour for business, which could accomplish more things rather than a full stomach. I can spend P50 on a nice meal, and I’d be full. Then I can work and earn more than P50 for that hour supposedly used for cooking.
- I’d finish eating everything in 10 minutes. Why bother wasting 10x more time on preparing it?
- Working with fire kinda scares me. This is why I said no to fire dancing even when I am convinced I’ll look sexy doing it.
- Cooking involves lots of plates, bowls, utensils, knives, etc. Just thinking of everything that needs to be washed afterwards already eats up my energy.
- There are people who love cooking. It gives them inspiration, energy, a chance at living a full life, blah blah blah. Congratulations, my orders will keep coming.
I’m not proud of this; but until today, I never knew how to cook rice without the aid of a rice cooker. Why bother, right? The rice cooker costs less than a thousand pesos. And that’s years of easy peasy rice cooking right there even more if you look for a rice cooker comparison chart. A few days ago, our rice cooker broke down. And today was the first time for me to wake up extra early. So I had to do it.
I disturbed my boyfriend from his sleep a few times just so I’d get it right. He said it will cook in 5 minutes. But I was afraid of ruining it so I literally stood in front of the gas range and waited for the water to boil, and the rice to come into its best edible form. After around 8-10 minutes, I lowered the heat and shut it off after another minute. Then I was praying while opening the lid and voila! It tasted okay. To be fully sure, I told my boyfriend to take a look at it and rate it (haha) while I was preparing the table. He said it was okay and that it was fully edible. Imagine my relief! All the while my thoughts were: what if I couldn’t do it and look like an idiot? What if he thinks I’m not fit for managing a household? What if my friends and clients start to second-guess my intelligence? I’m such a worrier sometimes.
So, yeah! Achievement unlocked. But I know this is not the end. It’s just the beginning. I promised myself that I need to learn 10 fast and easy dinner/lunch dishes, 5 long and arduous specialty dishes, 3 desserts and 10 breakfast dishes. Then I can say I am finally ready for life.
So far, I only know 3 fast and easy dinner/lunch dishes, 2 long and arduous specialty dishes, 2 desserts and I’m good with the 10 breakfast dishes. Dear kitchen, you and I have a long way to go.