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Kitchen Attraction

More than just a tool for me

In my previous chapter of life, kitchen was not my domain at all. There was always Grandma, Mom or our maid there. I just simply needed to ask, then my food would be served. Cooking was not my priority to learn at all. I always surrounded by the good cooks, so I thought why bother. My Grandma and Mom always made sure that we always had healthy and yummy meals, varies from Indonesian to Dutch recipes. Yet, I was a picky-eater. And then, if there was nobody at home, I still could call a delivery or buy from a street vendor.

Now, I live faraway from the great cooks or restaurants I used to know. Like it or not, I have to cook to survive. OK that’s probably too hyperbolic. Since I left Indonesia, I got no more luxury in having great food. The choices is so so limited, especially in spices. But you have to do what you have to do, right? Before trying my luck to be creative in cooking,  first of all, I had to create the ambience that could attract me to cooking. A subject that could make me feel so unconfident compared when I have to deal with a nasty client.

One of my ways was to start collecting colourful cooking tools. I could not help it. I’m an artsy person. I could not just have plain cooking tools. They better come in colour. I could get so excited whenever I found them in my favourite colour. Believe it or not, within six months, my kitchen stuff mostly come in lime green colour. Now, even my husband helps me to hunt for those things. What a good cooperation, eh?

Why kids’ educational stuff come in attractive colours? Could you attract their attention with dull colours? I guess this theory also valid for my kitchen attraction. Slowly but sure, now I could claimed that I’m confident enough to cook for a bigger crowd than just my husband and inlaws.

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Being Happy

Canola Field Summer 2009

Some grown-up people may forget how to be happy in simple way. As we grow up, we tend to forget how to feel happy over simple things or even silly things that actually we could pick up around us. Our ideas on what things could make us happy are no longer simple and seems more complicated to achieve. Sometimes it comes with high price too; be in time and money. Like… oh that 5 carats of diamond ring definitely could make me smile from ear to ear. Or… that latest series of Mercedes parks on my drive way will make me the happiest person in the block.

Maybe this time, we need to be reminded again on how to be happy with just the small things that also free. Let’s make a list on how to get happy in simple and free way. Here are some of mine:

  • Thanking The Almighty for every thing
  • Making a gratitude list of the day
  • Being able to capture the vibrant colour of the canola field in summer time
  • Standing in the open field and smell the fresh hay bales
  • Calling my parents to find out how they are doing
  • Seeing my husband next to me before I close my eyes in the night time
  • Playing hide and seek whenever my husband comes home
  • Looking for firewood with my husband and in-laws on cold winter day
  • Smelling the fresh laundry out from the dryer
  • Laying down on a clean fresh ironed bed sheet
  • Singing under the shower
  • Taking a catnap
  • Taking picture of a rainbow
  • Capturing the autumn and winter beauty with my wee digital camera
  • Sitting in front of my window and sharing this list for you….

How about your list?

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