I’m too busy for a proper post, but I thought I’d update on last time with more pictures of all the nice stuff we’ve been cooking up here in Saigon. The nice thing about having a fair amount of time, and about food being relatively inexpensive, is that you can experiment with cooking. Mrs. Jiwaku’s been mostly baking, while I’ve mostly been making new foods… well, new to me, I mean. The range is pretty wide. Here’s a look at (almost) everything we’ve done so far:
It’s not a complete log — I’ve made a lot of pasta, especially with Arabiatta and Aglio Olio sauces, that I haven’t bothered to snap, and we also made a Thai dinner a while back that we didn’t photograph. But these were the big deal cooking events. I expect the set will be expanding slowly, as I continue to experiment.
Overall, I’m pretty happy. Southeast Asian, Southern US, Italian, Indian… there’s a nice range, and in my opinion I haven’t made a disappointing meal in months now, which is a nice thing to be able to say! (It does raise the bar on ordering out, though: we’ve been disappointed with a most of the takeout and restaurant food we’ve had since I started cooking more seriously.) As I commented earlier, having free time really helps.
If you click on “Show Info” in the slideshow above, you can see my commentary on each image. Or you can see that over at Flickr, where I’ve hosted the pics. Anyone who wants a recipe for anything, just comment below, and I’ll set you up. I don’t really follow recipes too closely, but I can give you a rough guide to what I did to get my results.