I didn’t even really have any idea what flavors Faye’s noodles consisted of. Considering that it was a Chinese dish, most likely it was oozing with Chinese flavor profiles. Well, mine wasn’t going to be Chinese style. Heck, I don’t even cook Chinese food. It was going to be…..well, my style, the way I like it, -salty, spicy, and sweet (very mildly sweet) just like what Gomo of cHowDivine likes with her food!
As usual, I just used whatever ingredients I had. I had some beef brisket and some veggies. I love the crunchiness and flavor that the veggies add to this dish. I wish I would have had some green cabbage and some bell peppers too. But I was out. All I had were: onions, mushrooms, carrots, zucchini, garlic, and Serrano chili (for that extra kick).I think this is the first meal I’ve cooked at home in weeks. It seems like I didn’t cook anything at all over the holidays. I mostly ate out or ate other people’s cooking. Speaking of which, do any of you guys ever pretend to like someone’s cooking just to be polite? Most of my friends and family members know that I am not the type of person to pretend to like anything if I actually don’t, including food. But with acquaintances that I am not that close with and other certain people, it’s a little hard. I was at a friend’s house and one of the girls made cookies. They were some kind of holiday-ish gingerbread type cookies. She baked a batch and offered them to us. At first bite, I was thinking to myself that the cookies weren’t made properly. First of all, they looked like they were overmixed or something, having lost its shape. They were way spread out. And it totally could have used a bit more baking spices. Everyone else was telling her how good the cookies were. And I don’t think they were lying to her face because they kept grabbing for more.
I have known this girl since she was a little girl, so she is no stranger. But it’s not like I can tell her in front of everyone what I thought was wrong with the cookies. I just took one, took a bite, and then inconspicuously threw it away when no one was looking. But other than the cookies, the rest of the food that evening was yummy. Their mom is a good cook and had prepared most of the food.There was this other time when a friend’s mom made Kimbap that was really really bland. You know how Korean moms can be…they offer you food and keep trying to feed you more and more when they see your plate empty. I had some just to be polite. When I stopped eating, she kept telling me to have more. People’s parents are on top of the list of people that made you feel obligated into eating their bad cooking out of politeness. It’s hard for me to be blunt with the older generation. But with my own parents, they always know. My mom hears insults about her cooking all the time by me. lol. She already knows that she’s a bad cook and does not like cooking anyway, so.
When someone does not like my cooking, I would hate it if they pretended to like it just to be polite. I’d much rather them tell me that it tastes like shit. And I’ve had that said plenty of times about my food(mostly as a newbie…not lately though) . Constructive criticism about our skills helps us fix mistakes and improve. It’s even necessary if you are doing it for a living.