Well, I’m happy to report that I didn’t poison anyone yesterday!!! After a long long day, I had a few realizations, a bit of success and a very happy Daddy 🙂
Friday night, my brother and I went to CVS to print out the most recent picture of the two of us and bought a frame. My dad didn’t want any presents this year but the last picture of me and my brother is from years ago when I could actually pick him up! So I figured that he wouldn’t mind having another framed pic of me and my bro…ya know, all grown up. We gave it to him Friday night and he loved it. So yay.
I also went to Best Buy to get a camera…but when I got home, I realized that I hated it. So first thing Saturday morning, my dad and I went back to Best Buy to get a different one…Needless to say, my luck must’ve been great because I ended up getting a $275 camera for only $200! I love my new camera…
After I dropped my dad back at home, my brother and I went out to run errands. We went to Whole Foods to get the groceries…My mom was supposed to go out to Fairfax to the Turkish market to get other things I needed while we were at Whole Foods but she didn’t go (I cannot count on that woman for ANYTHING) so I decided I’d go to Fairfax myself and get what I needed. Yeah, big mistake. I HATE Fairfax…First I missed the exit…and then after I got off the exit, I called my dad to get directions and he said I’d taken the wrong exit so I should make a U-Turn and keep driving on Rt. 50 until I saw the “Hooters and the shopping center”…After driving for a half hour and seeing the Washington Monument, I decided to turn around and call the market. It turns out I DIDN’T have to make a U-Turn…thanks Dad!! Thank god it was SO nice out yesterday…but VA drivers still SUCK!
Got home & it was time to start cooking. My cousins were coming over for dinner too…The menu was:
— Kadinbudu Kofte: In Turkish, kofte is a family of meatball or dumpling dishes. In the simplest form, kofte can consist of balls of minced or ground meat — usually beef or lamb — mixed with spices and/or onions. The recipe that I chose to make is one that is local to the Aegean coast of Turkey. It consists of ground beef (half of it roasted before hand), minced onions, parsley, salt, black pepper, red pepper and an egg for the actual meat. I prepared the actual beef, flattened them (Kadinbudu literally translates to “woman’s thigh”) and put it in the fridge to rest before I actually fried it. Later on, after everything else was prepared, I rolled each kofte in a little bit of flour, dipped each patty on the egg yolks I’d prepared beforehand and let them each fry until they were ready to eat.
— Elbow Macaroni w/ Diced Tomatoes: Well. This is what it sounds like.
— French Fries
— Pureed Potatoes: This was another special recipe. I peeled and broiled 4 potatoes until they were soft. Once they were soft enough, I put the potatoes in the bowl, mashed them and put in vinegar, lemon juice, salt, pepper and a little bit of red pepper for taste. That is mixed until the taste is just right and then shaped onto a plate. It’s best served cold. For aesthetic purposes, once it is divided up, an olive is put in each piece for presentation.
— Green salad with tomatoes and chopped red onions. Dressing consists of olive oil, lemon juice and salt.
— The Cake: I made cake with chocolate chips…again, my own recipe and also made pudding for ‘frosting’. I’m not that much of a baker but I know what my dad likes so I made it according to his tastes.
A few things I realized yesterday:
* I really do enjoy cooking and baking…as long as no one is looking over my shoulder.
* I don’t mind washing dishes as long as I’m the one doing the cooking/baking.
* I’m really neat and clean when I’m cooking and the kitchen isn’t too much of a mess when I’m done because I washed the dishes after each dish was prepared.
* My mom really needs to buy more pots and pans that are usable instead of the useless bunch that she has. She really doesn’t know how to shop.
* I’m a really quick learner.
* It’s a good thing that I am picky about tastes because I can pick out what doesn’t taste right quicker and can fix the dish before it’s ruined.
* I really really really need to leave and get my own place soon before I murder someone.
So dinner was served at 6:30…And everyone LOVED the food…My cousin must’ve had 10 of the koftes. I felt pretty damn proud and my dad was really happy.