Lunch time with rinaz

Buon Giorno Signora and Signore! Please sit down comfortably while the chef serves you your lunch today!

For starters we have

Salad with Watercress, cherry tomatoes and grilled bell peppers with Italian dressing. Ah benissimo!

For the main course we have

Penne Arrabbiata. What Signore? You cant take the heat?

What about some honey glazed chicken instead? Squisito!

A bit of sparkly for the Signora? Perfetto!

And for dessert we have vanilla ice cream with a generous topping of chocolate syrup. Ah … Cielo!

Thank you for coming!

To be honest, I’m not the type of person who’s into cooking. In fact, I actually hated it. As a kid, mum would try to coax me to learn how to cook and I’d always try to run away.

Malay cooking isnt the easiest thing to cook. With all the preparation, the pounding, the ingredients, the endless waiting of the stirring and such, the typical time to prepare one dish would be about 2 hours.

And it can be really physically harming. Cooking Ayam masak merah requires a soldier’s bravery. The frying of blended chili in hot oil – which tends to just splatter out at the most unexpected time, usually everywhere, like the kitchen walls, the stove top, the floor, and me! Its really painful! And the kitchen will end up like a warzone at the end of it.

It takes a brave person to try to clean the sticky mess up afterwards.

Not to say that its not worth cooking it though, because the end product is worth waiting for, wonderfully appetizing and aromatic. Foods like Kari Ayam (Chicken Curry), Otak-otak (BBQ Fish mousse), Ayam masak merah (Chicken in Red sauce), Satay (BBQ’ed marinated meat) and Nasi Lemak (Rice cooked with Pandan leaves and coconut milk) are just heavenly.

But I really dont have the patience to stay in the kitchen for too long. Makes me admire the persistance, patience and dexterity of the people who cooks them every day. Amazing people.

For the moment, I’m starting slow and try easy to make foods that doesnt require so much effort to make. Sure I’m no Jamie Oliver or Anthony Bourdain but at least my food is edible (At least I think so)

Jemput Makan!
Come and eat!

Dang … I’m 60 kilos now …

16 thoughts on “Lunch time with rinaz”

  1. Whats with the bubbly Apple Juice??

    Try some nice refreshing dry White Cranberry juice next time! Its got a bit of a kick to it but not so fruity tootie sweetie! But we all know you like sweetie!

    *****CrazyPhat!!!!!!!!!

  2. Well it was between apple juice sparkly or sparkly red grape or sparkly white grape. And I’ve already tasted the red and white grape sparkly so I thought I’d try something new.

    I’ve never seen white cranberry juice before. They are always red here. Maybe I could find one when I visit the larger supermarkets πŸ™‚

  3. We dont have safeways πŸ˜› No Costco either but we do have carrefour, though I’m really not in the mood to travel all the way to the city …

    Ooh I want a motorcyle …

  4. I used to be heavier than u r but now i weigh like a mere 43kg. Unlike u, i dun eat as much when i get stressed or under tremendous pressure and food is the last thing on my mind.

    I do hope that watever u r going thru will all end well. Cheerio sista!

  5. Now look what you have started!!!

    So many people on lovely dust diets and you had to ruine it by post photos of such tempting foods. Poor people are craving salads now. *tsk* *tks*

    BTW: You can get white crandberry and straberry juice mix too!

    *****Phat de Crazy!

  6. We’re in the same boat, cousin! Same heaviness unless I’ve gained somemore (scared to weight myself now).

    Cooking is such a drag but I’m into instant cooking right now. Like pasta (LOVE Campbell’s), cakes, dessert pies, cookies and brownies. Go to LIBERTY, got so many variety of instant cooking/baking!

  7. Wow! Look at all these lovely comments πŸ™‚

    Thanks fibre, yes it was yummy! It was such a unexpectantly satisfying meal!

    Miss Jay, the salad was lovely πŸ™‚ So easy to make too. I wanted to use balsamic vinegar initially, but the shop nearby doesnt stock one of those so I had to make do with something else instead. Still tastes pretty fine πŸ™‚

    Just be careful not to eat too much bell peppers … I learnt that the hard way … 😐

    Thumbelina : Yok makan … yokk.. hehehehe

    Missy : thanks for the kind words, I do hope that this food binge problem of mine will go away soon *hugs*

    Crazyphat : Where in Singapore can I get that?!?! Stop telling me things that I cant get!

    Unless … you want to send some via air mail to me πŸ˜‰

    Katja : Believe me, it is much nicer to eat it than just to see it πŸ˜‰

    Miza : I dont even want to see the weighing machine now … too scary … And my clothes dont fit well anymore … so sad.

    Instant cooking is fun, yeah! But sometimes (only sometimes mind you) I find it so convenient that its scary.

    Like the just add water to the cake mix. So simple? Thats it?

    Its like, “where’s the joy in that?”

    Dunno, I’m old fashioned like that.

  8. I get the joy from the convenience! Hahaha! But sometimes when you see your family eat the nasi lemak or yummy dishes that you cook from scratch, nothing beats that feeling though. But my enthu cooking mood comes in ‘spurts’ with really long interval in between.

    Okok, I’m plain lazy. -_-

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