If Grouch can cook, for heaven’s sake, so can you.

View previous topic View next topic Go down

If Grouch can cook, for heaven’s sake, so can you.

Post  Admin on Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:46 am

I borrowed the above catchphrase from celebrity chef Martin “The Highlander” Yan, who ends all of his TV shows saying, “If Yan can cook, so can you”. But he was being modest, while I am being terribly honest because if I can, by all means you can be better than me.

Aside: I gave Yan’s that middle name because he never goddam ages. I’ve been watching his shows since I was like nine years old (with my mom, both big fan), but look at him today (don't be lazy Google him)!!! End of aside.

So, I am hoping to make this into a series so not only I get to share my bad cooking, but I keep track of various versions of tofu dish I make for my wife. Each time I come up with a new way of cooking it, only to forget it the next time when wife says, “remember that time when you made it…umm….” Also, this is for guys who share the same cooking illiteracy trait like I do.

Brief history of tofu in my life.

We never had any, except when forced onto us kids by mom, till I met my wife. She lives on it. During our courting days (when we broke up about 29 times, though tofu is not involved, or so it’s press secretary claimed), I’d send her back to her home after work, and she’d drop by the grocers to buy tofu. History of seeing her eating other sort of food is sketchy, but she bleeds tofu. Her mom, when my parents met hers, declared that considering her eating habit, she is “low maintenance”.

So, when I married her, I married tofu as well, and the last three years I’d been cooking so many types I didn’t keep track. The Tofu community should have awarded me Nobel Peace Prize for Tofu Massacre.

The thing is I don’t what so great about it. It taste of….okay, here’s what I want you to do. Stick your tongue out and don’t touch your lips, or do some intimate things with it. Now, leave it sticking out. Can you taste that? That’s what tofu taste like.
I suppose I was myself trying to make it interesting by trying new things with it each time.

Anyway, here we go, Grouch style cooking show and note that I’d include recipes for other stuff I kinda cooked up myself. Hah “cooked up”. You are lame, Grouch.
--
Simple Tofu Sambal.
Ingredient.

Tofu (duh!) – Maybe 2, but if you are my wife, 4 pieces.
Dry Red Chilli Paste – Two table spoons, or more if you literally hate your ass.
Garlic – minced, pounded, I don’t care as long it’s there. How much? Well, about five clove if you are Asian, or about 367 if you are Italian.
Onion – one medium sized. Feggedaboutit if you are a Hindu/Bhuddist monk
Tomato – One (if large), two (if medium) more (if cherry tomato, in which case you might as well don’t bloody cook).

Cooking technique

So, what’s the first thing you do, kids. Yes, the tofu. Cut them into small sizes of your preference, you can use your old geometrical instrument if you want. You can fry them first, but today I am lazy.

Cut the onion to, erm, whatchamacallit… thin slices. After that, wipe your tears and if your wife appears at this very moment (they are programmed to do so) say that you were sad thinking of that dead uncle, though the bastard probably ran away with his maid and faked his death.

Oh, the garlic, mince, pound, whatever.

The tomato, you gotta dice them. How? You cut the shit out of it, that’s how. You must have seen some cooking shows on how they slice every goddam angle and voila! Dices. Have a band-aid standby

Now, heat a bit of oil in your pan or pot, whichever your wife might not use as assault weapon if your cooking sucks. How much of oil? Well, how old are you? How suicidal?

When it heats up, it will splutter like shit because you forgot to heat up the pan to dry the water droplets, in which case some of the oil hit you on your face giving you permanent scar, throw the onion in.

Wait till it becomes golden brown. Don’t get excited, that’s not real gold. Or at least for colour blinds like me.

Throw in the garlic and stir them for awhile until you realise that smell is not your son’s poo, but garlic burning.

So, scoop two (or more) tablespoons of chili paste and fry them till you hear your wife and son sneezing their lungs away.

Add in the tomato, and make sure you didn’t include the fingertip you accidentally sliced just now.

Now, you got to keep stirring till the tomato melts away, add bit of water if you want. If you don’t, I didn’t force you. That’s a disclaimer for you.

When they are about watery, add in the cut tofu. Now, here’s a tip. Instead of using spatula or any other appliances, I suggest you use a spoon and turn the tofu gently so that you don’t break them. There’s a tip for you, now take the tontee five rupees.

Cheating part
I use fish sauce, mwahahahahaha!!!! If you are vegetarian, you can use vege stock because these are the one that’s going to give taste, not the tofu.

Climax


Now, wait till it dries up. And wait. Turn the tofu. Wait. Scratch your bum. Turn the tofu. Wait. Turn the tofu. Wait. And finally when it is done, call for pizza delivery.


Last edited by Admin on Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:50 am; edited 1 time in total

Admin
Admin

Posts : 130
Reputation : 0
Join date : 2012-10-22

View user profile http://ilayaraja.forumms.net

Back to top Go down

Re: If Grouch can cook, for heaven’s sake, so can you.

Post  Michael AF on Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:48 am

Cooked chicken after more than a year since landing here. While it was not bad it could be better. Needs some more practice.


Last edited by Michael AF on Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:53 am; edited 1 time in total

Michael AF

Posts : 682
Reputation : 0
Join date : 2012-10-25

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: If Grouch can cook, for heaven’s sake, so can you.

Post  Admin on Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:51 am

Why, what's the difference? Ingredient?

Admin
Admin

Posts : 130
Reputation : 0
Join date : 2012-10-22

View user profile http://ilayaraja.forumms.net

Back to top Go down

Re: If Grouch can cook, for heaven’s sake, so can you.

Post  Michael AF on Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:55 am

Yes and the utensils/cutting and cleaning. The whole nine yards.

Michael AF

Posts : 682
Reputation : 0
Join date : 2012-10-25

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: If Grouch can cook, for heaven’s sake, so can you.

Post  app_engine on Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:27 pm

groucho,

rotfl

:clap:

Laughing

app_engine

Posts : 6901
Reputation : 20
Join date : 2012-10-23
Location : MI

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: If Grouch can cook, for heaven’s sake, so can you.

Post  Admin on Thu Nov 01, 2012 12:09 pm

Thanks app. More useless recipes coming.

Admin
Admin

Posts : 130
Reputation : 0
Join date : 2012-10-22

View user profile http://ilayaraja.forumms.net

Back to top Go down

Re: If Grouch can cook, for heaven’s sake, so can you.

Post  Admin on Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:44 am

A nod to Chef Jacob. Teary eyed, when I finished last para. here.

Admin
Admin

Posts : 130
Reputation : 0
Join date : 2012-10-22

View user profile http://ilayaraja.forumms.net

Back to top Go down

Re: If Grouch can cook, for heaven’s sake, so can you.

Post  kid_glove on Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:33 pm

RIP. And lovely impassioned write-up.



Shocking news..

kid_glove

Posts : 88
Reputation : 1
Join date : 2012-10-30

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: If Grouch can cook, for heaven’s sake, so can you.

Post  Bala (Karthik) on Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:56 pm

RIP. Yes, arumaiyaana write-up Grouch. Touching but with your trademark humor all along.

Bala (Karthik)

Posts : 411
Reputation : 0
Join date : 2012-10-24

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: If Grouch can cook, for heaven’s sake, so can you.

Post  Admin on Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:45 am

Thanks for reading guys, and sharing Bala. A great loss.

Admin
Admin

Posts : 130
Reputation : 0
Join date : 2012-10-22

View user profile http://ilayaraja.forumms.net

Back to top Go down

Re: If Grouch can cook, for heaven’s sake, so can you.

Post  plum on Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:24 am

Kraucher - i have seen him in passing. Never was interested in his programmes but still a moving writeup. idhu dhAn writing!
(Cue P_R and equa inside me - "idhu dhAn writingnA appO enga idol pOdaRAdhu?". "idhuku munnAdi enakku pidicha grouch writing-ai kooda inimE madhikka mAttOm ennA nInga innoru writer-ai puganzhdnhuttinga" "nAnga dhAn romba balanced fans despite such unbalanced mental makeup")

plum

Posts : 1201
Reputation : 1
Join date : 2012-10-23
Age : 42

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: If Grouch can cook, for heaven’s sake, so can you.

Post  Admin on Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:40 am

Thanks Plum. You sure are very affected by the "balanced fans".

Admin
Admin

Posts : 130
Reputation : 0
Join date : 2012-10-22

View user profile http://ilayaraja.forumms.net

Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum