Winter has suddenly ignited the domesticated side of me. Since I’ve been back from my vacation in the Philippines, I have been obsessing about my mini kitchen.
|Thank you Carrefour for making my mini kitchen dream come true!|
It all started with being over and done with takeout. I’ve been living on it for more than a year now. I thought I can survive but there’s only so much 7-eleven meals and chicken curry I can take before my palate starts to complain real bad. Also, it’s more expensive to always order takeout. I need to buy food during lunch then again for dinner. Food here can get really expensive, especially if your Mandarin skills are as basic to basically nothing as mine.
I think this newfound addiction to cooking home meals also started because of my food indulgence during my Pinas vacay. Imagine coming from all the sisig, lechon, kare-kare, garlic fried rice, and binagoongan you can eat to the usual blanched vegetables and Burger King cheeseburger. It is pretty depressing, even from a food lover’s POV. So I decided that I will setup my mini kitchen here in my apartment against all odds and end the painful suffering that unsatiated cravings bring.
|DAISO and IKEA also made this home economics project possible. I thank you too.|
It was challenging because my room’s studio-type and my only sink was in the bathroom. Luckily, I have a window that opens up to some spacious area outside which can help ventilate my room while I’m cooking.
|That window is my saving grace against fried food suffocation and sounding off the smoke alarm.|
The table that now supports my entire mini kitchen used to be a study table but thanks to DAISO, it was transformed to what convincingly looks like a dining table. The centerpiece of this mini-kitchen is of course, the stove, which was initially planned to be a conduction cooker.
But it ended up being a halo plate.
|Thank God the box have English instructions.|
The induction stoves I saw here are quite expensive and the cookware are also expensive. I just didn’t feel like investing that much since appliances here are made for 110V. If I go back to the Philippines, I’d still need to find a converter that would allow them to run on 220V. So I bought the cheapest and most versatile cooker instead.
Admittedly, the halo plate is currently giving me nervous jitters. I’m not too sure how it fares in terms of electrical usage. I hope I don’t suffer a nervous breakdown once I see my January’s utility fees. It just makes me happy to know that I can use any type of cookware on it.
Everytime I cook on my mini-kitchen, I feel like I can go Jamie Oliver on any recipe even though the last three ones I cooked were kinda lacking or too much of a something on the seasoning side of things. But that’s not going to stop me from whipping up more stuff on this kitchen and inventing meals when I can.
|Hooray for lutong bahay in Zhongshan! 🙂|