This was my late lunch. 😀
Huehue~ Story time!
I have been watching Top Chef on Hulu. They make cooking look so easy! I don’t really have the patience to cook food (read: I am lazy). I tend to eat out a lot. I’m usually blessed and someone else would cook delicious food for me. If I can’t afford to eat out and no one have time to cook for me, I can get pretty unhealthy and eat canned or pre-made frozen food. Well, guess what? Top Chef had episodes where they make those types of food LOOK good! @_@
I watched it enough that I got interested in making some hot food that isn’t done via microwave. That’s how they make those unhealthy food look good. :’D
Since I rarely cooked anything other than eggs… (imagine the food I eat that aren’t canned or frozen: hot dogs, different types of sandwiches, packaged noodles, porridge, oatmeal, etc.) well… I figured I should start with easy stuff first!
I’m lazy after all.
I looked up how to make grilled cheese sandwich. Yes… I had to look this up. Yes… I don’t know how to make this. QQ I saw people make it in the dining halls in college. However, I never really wanted to order it because it felt expensive for a sandwich that only had bread, cheese, and butter. I craved it many times, but held back every time.
I found several YouTube videos and watched them for help. I got the gist of it and started to try it out. I mean, it looked simple enough!
When I put butter in the pan, I remembered hearing someone say “high heat.” That was what I did. 😀 Medium-high heat! 😀 😀 😀 I burnt my butter in a matter of seconds before the bread reached the pan! :’D I remember I was screaming! +_+ b Good stuff.
Then I lowered the heat and was lazy to switch out the butter~ I kept that sad burnt butter. Next, I placed bread and cheese over it. I kept lifting the bread up to see if it was cooked yet. I end up poking many holes into the bread since I used chopsticks. :’D
When the bread was brown, I took it off from the pan. Burnt butter incident aside, it seemed to be fine. I went to clean off the pan and repeat the whole process for my second slice of bread. Since the pan was now hotter than before, I left the bread longer than I should. THIS TIME I ended up burning the bread! :’D I ended up throwing out the burnt slice of bread and just eating half the sandwich. I made another sandwich immediately after and it looked so much better!
I felt so sick of cheese the rest of the night.
The next day, I attempted to make it again. This time, I wanted ham in there.
I don’t know… I wanted to make a little more, so I made scrambled eggs and salad as well. 😀
I think I made edible grilled cheese sandwich on my second try onward since I didn’t need to throw out anymore bread after that incident. :’D It’s so good! I think it’s good because I just LOVE butter! I rarely use it even though I love the taste of it. : x The only time I used it was for my
failed “garlic bread.” I think I also like the grilled cheese and ham sandwich because it reminded me of cafeteria food that I ate when I was younger. I sometimes miss school food because it just taste so different. Not to mention, I haven’t eaten this sandwich in such a long time… of course I would think it’s tasty! :’D
Anyways!! After that success (I considered it a success because I didn’t get a stomach ache yet), I went to see what other easy food I could make. I thought a bit about it and figured… I could try omelette! I saw how it’s done in the dining halls. It looked easy to make! I don’t usually eat this, but why not. :’D
It’s not like Yoosung from Mystic Messenger influenced my choice. Nope. I didn’t learn this because I saw it in the game. NOPE! Okay, fine. Maybe the game affected my choice a little…. a lot.. AHEM.
I looked through several omelette videos on YouTube. I noticed no matter what the person in the video said about how tasty it was… it didn’t LOOK tasty to me. It actually reminded me of some of my failed eggs that I made in the past. I mean, I am not saying their omelettes aren’t tasty… Their omelettes just bring me bad memories and didn’t LOOK tasty to me. As one of season 1’s Top Chef competitor said, we eat with our eyes first. :’D (I can’t get the exact quote right now. : X)
I stumbled upon a video with a picture of a very beautiful… OMURICE. I wanted to make omelette like the ones we find in American dining. However… this omurice’s egg looked very beautiful. o__o It was evenly yellow throughout. This was exactly the type of omelette egg I wanted to see! Well, omelette or omurice, whatever. I want to learn this!
The video I saw was Maangchi’s Omurice video on YouTube. In the video description, there is a link to the full recipe on her website. Do note there are several differences between the video and the recipe on her website, so I prefer to use the video to learn.
Anyways… My experience on making this… I practiced making the egg yesterday. I was soooo smart, I dumped the whole bowl of egg into the small pan and made the egg thick. I had to shrink the fried rice portion with a smaller bowl. :’D I still couldn’t fold it nicely like in her video because the egg was still too small and thick. T_T Oh well, I learned! That’s why I practiced.
Today… I made the portion smaller! In her video, she gave an amount. I cut it in half. After I prepped for a very long time (because I’m so fast at cutting \o/), I was ready to cook. I had to repeatedly go back to my notes because I forgot the steps. I know it was very straightforward, but I wanted to make the first omurice close to how it was instructed, so I know how the omurice from her video tasted like.
After cooking the fried rice part, I found out the portion was still big. XD I took half of my cooked fried rice as one portion… so technically I made 1/4 portion of the one in her video.
For the egg, I used 1 egg instead of 2 eggs. I actually used a whole egg for the 1/4 portion. Next time I might want to try to use half an egg (1/4 portion) and see if it works even better. : O I don’t know, but I will see. I did notice the difference when I used lesser egg. It was tastier because it wasn’t too bulky on top.
When I finished cooking… PICTURE TIME! I hurried to take the picture at the top of this post. Then, I started eating it because I was so hungry. (I prepped so fast, you know.) I ate so much before I remembered I wanted to take a picture of the inside. :’D Roflmao.
Please excuse the messy plate. I was too hungry to care. I was supposed to wipe the plate clean first before this picture, but… ya… I forgot! I GOT TOO HUNGRY AND THIS WAS TOO YUMMY… I HAD TO HURRY SO I COULD EAT IT AGAIN… :’D
I forgot to mention, I swap out the smoked sausage for Chinese sausage. I didn’t have any smoked sausage… : X I also added ham~ Mmm~
The egg is not perfected yet. It’s still brown, as you can see. I’m thinking of experimenting a bit here and there to get that yellow and smooth egg. On the positive note, the fried rice tasted great. I admittedly put the wrong portion of ketchup. I forgot to cut the ketchup portion in half. XD It did tasted a bit too sour because of that… I learned! Otherwise, it’s so delicious~ 😀 The egg may not look good, but so far it still tasted okay. It’s edible, so it’s a pass! 😀
So this is my unnecessarily long story of how I got into cooking 2 new things I never made before. It’s all thanks to my
obsession hobby of playing Mystic Messenger. Yup~ Yet another thing I did because of this obsession game. ^^
P.S. I decided to watch a cooking show because I played Mystic Messenger and I remembered a conversation they had about a cooking show. I know they were not referring to Top Chef. They were talking about Gordon Ramsay. :’D I just picked whatever was on Hulu and it happened to be Top Chef.