Thursday, August 16, 2012
You all know the movie Ratouille, right? 
Where a small rat exceeds all odds and becomes a renowned chef in the human world? 
Yeah, I know it's a Disney film, but follow me if you will. 
It's no secret that I hate to cook. The thought of cooking always leaves me exasperated. I never know what to cook and end up making the same few dishes over and over again. 
It's weird, because I love to eat. 
But then again I'm a pretty simple person when it comes to food. 
I'm not very picky and am satisfied with whatever I can get. 
Probably cause beggars can't be choosers ;) 
It's a running joke in my family that I can't dislike cooking. My mom thinks I'm a disgrace to my Arab culture when I told her that I bought hummus and falafel at a local grocery store. 
I'm not sure where my dislike of cooking came from. My entire family loves to cook, even my dad, his beef chilli is not to be messed with.
When it comes to cooking for a large crowd, like anything more than my family, I practically have an anxiety attack. I can entertain you with stories upon stories of my cooking mishaps that have left me with no other choice but to have Domino's on speed dial. 

Yes, people! it's that bad. 
Okay, maybe not so much, but it's close. 
Fortunately for me I have this really special talent that I inherited from my mom. I can take a bunch of random ingredients, throw them in a pot and voilà, a tasty meal! 
Mind you, one that I can never recreate, since I won't remember what I used. 
That's besides the point. Luckily for me, my family also isn't picky when it comes to their food. 
I really should be counting my lucky stars for that reason alone. 
Since moving to KL, I've really enjoyed the many luxuries provided while living the expat life.  I have a lot more time on my hands, actually it seems like that's all I have, time. 
I figure now would be the best time to face my fear and learn to cook. I've looked up several cooking classes in the area and am excited to start real soon. 
I'm not looking to become Julia Child or anything, but it would be nice to not break into a sweat when the husband decides to invite a coworker over for dinner.
(which he never does, cause he knows better than that) 
In honor of this new challenge I have enlisted the help of my sister, the true Martha Stewart in the family, for her help. In the next week she'll be guest posting a selection of different recipes, 
that anyone can cook!

Until then what's your favorite website for recipes?


  1. sounds like fun! one can never have enough recipes that anyone can cook! :)

  2. I'm really looking forward to those recipes that anyone can cook! I'm also trying to learn how to cook and I keep reminding myself that everyone has to start somewhere :) It's not cooking I dislike, but doing dishes afterwards so I try to keep it simple, or maybe I should buy a dishwasher.

    My favorite websites for recipes are those with plenty of pictures or step-by-step tutorials:

  3. Asalaamu Alaikum

    lol I could have written this post. I forced myself to invite people over for iftar tonight. I never took any cooking courses when I was in Malaysia. Maybe if I would have stayed longer.(only 4 months and had 6 kids) Its good to learn the cooking of the place you are in and in my case of my very own husband! The reason for that is because it is so distressing to try to find ingredients that are just like ingredients back home to get food to taste right. I wasn't in KL either but KB which drove me nuts. You can find western ingredients but they don't taste anything like it and I could never find things like fresh ground beef or mozzarella. Oh well there are always spice packets right? I love Asian home gourmet. That's how I make rendang. (she don't tell anyone).

  4. sh not she (freudian slip much?)


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