Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Cooking for One’s Self

The kitchen is its own recipe book.


Or more particularly, the contents of the fridge and the food cupboard are a recipe of its own. That's what I learned during the many times I was left alone to fend for myself and act as housekeeper, something that frequently happened ever since I was a kid.


There's never a need for me to look up any recipe whenever I need to cook for myself, or to cook according to any tried and true family concoction. I just get stuff and cook. It's a nice exercise of uberraschung; I'm not too certain about the taste of the end product until its finished cooking.


Sometimes, I hit pay dirt with some of the combinations I come up with. Like this one:


Unnamed Sweet and Sour Broth


  • Water, four cups
  • Tamarind bouillon cube
  • Onions, sliced
  • Leeks, chopped
  • Pineapple tidbits, with light syrup
  • Ginger, crushed
  • Fresh turmeric leaf, crushed
  • Freshly-ground black pepper
  • Powdered oregano
  • Salt

Dump all in an uncovered pot. Cook to boil. Let boil for at least five minutes. Do not eat turmeric leaf.


It's really not bad, provided that I stock my fridge and cupboard every two weeks.