I’ve been living on my own for just over 4 months now. While I am starting to get used to this, I still haven’t fully set up one single room in the house. I’m getting close to a couple of them, but I need a bigger dresser for all of my clothes (I’ve got a lot of T-shirts), more shelves to finish unpacking my game collection, some sort of display cabinet and some more decorations so that the walls aren’t so bare. I have no idea how I managed to fit all of my stuff in a single room though, because it’s enough stuff to fill a house meant for a small family.
Anyway, this blog post will probably be short, and it’ll focus mostly on food. I wasn’t really a stranger to cooking before I moved, but I didn’t do it very often. I’ve made pizza from scratch, I helped with burgers on occasion, and I once made veil schnitzel with potato pancakes. The schnitzel and potato pancakes actually turned out quite well. But my mom made most of our meals. A lot of what I ate for snacks were either leftovers or simple things like toast or something I could easily toss in the microwave.
Cooking for myself on a nearly daily basis is new to me. The frying pan I was given was a bit warped, and it’s possible that I’ve warped it further because I didn’t know what I was doing. The first time I cooked chicken for myself, there were parts of it that felt slightly undercooked. I didn’t get sick (the fact that I nuked it probably helped), but it just didn’t feel right. When I tried my hand at making pasta with Alfredo sauce, it took me three tries to do it right. Even when I did it right a couple of weeks ago, it made a big mess. And of course with my first attempt at making burgers, they pretty much turned to charcoal.
Cooking is something I’m getting used to pretty quickly. Every time I’ve cooked chicken since, it’s turned out much better. With the new frying pan I bought last week, burgers are much quicker and easier. On that note, Turkey burgers are awesome. I’ve only tried my hand at fish twice, and both attempts were quite successful. On that note, fish burgers are also awesome.
One thing that’s great about my place is that the main floor is one big room. That includes the kitchen. Whenever I’m cooking something, I’ll put on a movie and continue watching it as I eat. When I had friends over for the first time mid-summer, the others were sharing silly YouTube videos as we traditionally do while I worked on everyone’s burgers. That was before I replaced the warped pan so they took a while, but they still turned out well. I’ve got a very active mind and I can’t shut it off, so I kind of need a distraction while I’m cooking. Watching a movie is the perfect distraction. Well, as long as I’ve seen it before. Otherwise it will distract me too much.
There are very few things I miss about working retail, but there is one aspect I’m thankful for. 12 years of experience in a grocery store make it much easier to know if something is a good deal or not. It usually takes me less than a second. I also know all the little tips and tricks that most people I speak to don’t know about. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t picked up a couple bad apples here and there (I didn’t work in the produce department, ok?)
In any case, I’m not rushing my cooking development. There’s no way I’m ready to cook a Thanksgiving turkey just yet. But I do intend to expand this talent over time. I do intend to start experimenting a bit on weekends. Maybe I’ll try my hand at making some more schnitzel soon (it would be the first time I do that without my mom’s help). Maybe I’ll try my hand at making a calzone from scratch. Maybe I’ll even try to make my own pumpkin pie (easily my favourite kind of pie).
Anyway, that’s it for now. Hopefully I can post a few pictures of completed rooms soon.