In my vow, I revealed to Bon and everyone else in the wedding that on our first year together, I taught myself to cook. I did not grow up cooking. Some do. Some people grow up in homes that have cooking as a regular past time and I didn't. So even though I did not really think that I was marrying anytime soon, I realized that as a woman, I had to learn how to cook. I was bad with the house chores, already, I could not be bad in the cooking department, as well. I decided to stalk the yayas when they cook our meals... and I began to read recipe books. After awhile, I realized that I wasn't a bad cook --- no, I wasn't bad at all --- so I began cooking for fun (or when the maids go out for a while), and during the holidays, I join the kitchen team that puts food on the table.
Before I got married, I was both excited and scared to be cooking full time. Since I wasn't used to doing this (cooking) on a regular basis, I was scared to find out that I was just kidding myself and I'm really bad at it... but I was excited because I was going to be working in my own kitchen. In fact, I was too excited that I copied (and I am still copying) recipes to be kept in this RECIPE BOX. So far, I have cooked all kinds of meals for Bon. I wake up early, to be able to prepare our meal lunch and then I take a bath, to get myself ready for work. I haven't braved into the harder dishes yet... but I am beginning this series because I want to share some of the dishes that I have prepared and will be preparing in the future.
Anyway, during our first week together, I tried to cook MONGO GUISADO (Stewed Mung Beans) to add to the fried fish. I love fried fish with mongo and I really believed that it was a simple dish, but I was WRONG. I sauteed onion, garlic and tomatoes. I fried small pieces of pork. I boiled the beans and waited, waited, waited for it to become the consistency it should be, but it didn't happen. Frustrated, I just took them out and combined it with the sauteed pork. I served it... hoping that it would be good enough, but at first bite Bon said: "It tastes weird!" To cut the long story short, I found out that you're supposed to crush/mash the beans once they're soft enough, and I didn't do that. By the time I realized that, we were almost done with lunch, and have already lost our appetite.
photo from here
That is how Mongo Guisado should look like, but mine wasn't like that (probably taste and all, too). Oh well, I told you I AM NOT A COOK, but I try my very best, to be one. As a first entry in this series, I hope you don't judge me, `cus I'm going to surprise you on the next ones!