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The Tsundere Cook

I recently started my second year at university. Last year I lived in catered accommodation. The only times I had to scour the wastelands for sustenance was lunchtimes and Sundays. Lunchtime I generally just ate homemade sandwiches while Sundays I was lazy and got takeaway. This year I’m living in a rented house with 4 other friends, which meant I had to actually cook for myself. My assumption was that we would take it in turns to cook for each other and spent some time over the summer trying to learn more recipes beyond my current single recipe of ‘Bland Pasta’. However everyone else decided that they would all cook for themselves. I thought this would end in disaster because we’d all be getting in each other’s way at dinner time, but that hasn’t been the case.

Because none of them ‘cook’.

Oh sure, they make food. It’s not like they order take out or starve themselves. But they certainly don’t cook in the way I assumed they would. It’s all instant food that you bung in the microwave or other lazy creations. To give you some examples. One girl ate for dinner last nights takeaway rice with ketchup. The Singaporean guy only seems to eat instant noodles. The other girl actually made pasta the other day, but the sauce was some instant Dolmio nonsense. The final guy had pasta with baked beans. The sight of one of them cutting an onion, as I saw the first day we were there, has become a non-existent sight.

I am baffled by this. What strikes me as weird is how all of them are health concious in their own ways. The two guys go for jogs frequently. The girls are constantly talking about how much calories foodtypes have. And yet they eat instant crap while I, the guy who couldn’t tell a calorie from a cadillac, is making everything from base ingredients. It’s not like they don’t have time either. They spend as much time goofing off on their laptops as I do. It’s just part of their psyche to think like that. Well, I should probably say that it’s part of my psyche to not think like that, because I’m clearly the odd one out here.

I never owned a microwave. That explains an awful lot when it comes to this post. My parents refused to buy one and cooked everything from basic ingredients, frequently trying to top each other when it came to cooking and it was fucking glorious. They once joked that the reason they always made nice food so we would never want to leave home. It didn’t have quite that effect (I love you very much, mum and dad, but I needed to get out of that bloody country as soon as I was old enough.) But it has left me intolerant of instant meals on a regular basis. This has led me to cooking for myself every single day at university. And I love it. Don’t ask me why I seem to like searing animal carcasses and pouring dried, scented leaves over shaped, unleavened dough. I just do. I’m still very much a newbie at this, but I am eager to learn.

But as I find myself poring over what’s the perfect amount of soy sauce to add to my stir fry, others stomp lazilly into the kitchen to stick on a kettle and take out even more instant noodles. While I’m wondering whether that guy on the cooking forum who said “you can never have too much ginger” ever added as much as I appear to have just added, one of my housemates behind inquires me as to whether I think a fish finger sandwich would be tasty. There’s a bit of sadistic glee from me devouring my delicious meals while the others eat their crap, but that’s a short lived feeling. Because supermarkets always sell food in packets that are meant to serve more than one person.

I love to entertain. It’s what drives me through pretty much everything I do and every activity I partake in. This blog is the greatest symbol of that. If all I wanted was to share my feelings on anime (which is why I originally started blogging) I would have quit by now. Twitter gives me all I need in that aspect. What really drives me is the need to entertain. Thing is, ‘entertain’ is a very broad concept. There are very many ways to entertain people. Cooking for them happens to be one way of entertaining. You’re bringing that extra bit of enjoyment into their lives by something of your own creation. Nothing on earth gives me more pleasure than that.

The other day I cooked too much food. This wasn’t an accident. You can’t make two Chicken Kiev’s ‘by accident’. As I was there in the kitchen, searching around for the perfect bowl to mash potatoes in (problem with moving into a new house is you never realise what appliances you need to buy until it’s too late. I still don’t have a bloody wok), one of my housemates stormed in with a flustered look on her face, panicking that she had to make dinner and have a shower and all sorts of awful stuff before she went out.

“Hey, do you want some of what I’m making? It’s chicken kiev”

“Oh really? You sure?”

“If you want, i-i-i-it’s not like I made it for you or anything. I just happened to make too much”

“Thank you so much Scamp!”

That made me much happier than I ever thought it would.

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  1. Posted October 20, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    I like when bloggers tell me about their real selves. And on average, I get the most comments and views on my Personal Notes, so I guess other people feel the same? But it’s a balance– I know for a fact that you’re a crazy subculture fiend like the rest of us, which is what makes moments like these all the more charming.

    Liked the story. :) And really, Chicken Kiev, you amazing, gorgeous man! That’s brilliant!

    • Scamp
      Posted October 21, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

      I try to keep away from personal notes because that isn’t what this blog is about. But I just happened to like this story and felt like sticking it up. Too much though, and you stop being an anime blog. As you said, it’s a balance

  2. Posted October 20, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    I think the most interesting part is your parents not wanting you to leave the country. I guess that’s more my background that makes me interested in in. Anyway, I do own a microwave because when I do actually cook something I make multiple servings of it. I also do eat microwave meals at work for lunch, but that’s just so I can keep a running total on calories for the day during the week. Chicken Kiev is going to have to be something I try to make now.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 21, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

      Well my parents also said they’d start charging me rent if I was still living at home after university so =|

  3. Posted October 20, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Having someone eat food that you made will always be a pleasure of mine as well. Even if it’s as something simple as Apple pie or elaborate as a whole thanksgiving or x-mas dinner that you slaved over for a day+

    I really liked your story about your parents one uping each other on dinners. I can just imagine kitchen stadium in your house and a fun announcer screaming every awesome detail

    Food is OISHII!!!!

    • Scamp
      Posted October 22, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

      Well they didn’t cook together at the same time. They were just really harsh critics when the other person cooked. It didn’t help either of their self-esteem when I kept saying my favourite dinner was from the pizza takeaway. But oh god was that pizza glorious. Every other takeaway pizza is nowhere near as good

  4. Posted October 20, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    That’s the live of a college student…most don’t know how to really cook. And in fact, I think we’re approaching a generation where most households will not have have a single person living within who knows how to really, consistently cook. My experience with friends was that maybe about one out of four really cooked during college; the rest ate out or ate very simple meals (myself included).

    One reason is that cooking isn’t a necessity in college. We don’t treat ourselves very well during these years, which isn’t a surprise since we’re young enough and spry enough to live badly and not harbor much consequence. For instance, it wasn’t until my wife and I had children that my wife sat down and really learned to be a good cook.

    Secondly, college is a very selfish time in life. It’s all about us. So why waste our time cooking (when many don’t like it and most don’t have the patience for it) when we could be doing things that more meet our needs, like goofing off. This is how college students act, even if they won’t admit it.

    Finally, it’s easily and delicious to eat out. Many of us do so even though we know it’s not good for us. As you mention, there’s an hypocrisy: we’re probably as health-conscious as ever, but maybe not as healthy as ever. Cooking takes patience and practice; why work on that when you can just focus on working out and looking good (and looking at others that look good) as part of being healthy? The answer’s obvious, but hey, college students aren’t always the most consistent people.

    Oh, and I like the connection you made to entertaining. You remind me of my lifelong friend who I roomed with in college. Like his dad, he loved to cook intricate meals and he often served us. It always brought a smile to his face to serve. I think he, like others I know, showed their love through food. Yum.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 22, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

      More health conscious but not as healthy? Heh, I like that, it’s rather painfully true.

      I guess the reason I cook is because I’m enjoying it, so it doesn’t feel like a waste of time. Around 5-6 is when the internet is the slowest in my house so it’s easier to spend that time cooking anyway

  5. Posted October 20, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    I just started attending university about a month ago and even if I can’t really cook anything at all (at the very least I’m on the road to overcoming my pyrophobia), I’m still on the verge of just going to the weekly produce market and stealing a pan from a friend in what will turn out horribly. The processed food from the cafeteria is well…what it is. It can’t be that horrible but it isn’t exactly tasty.

    It seems every time I cook something edible it’s because I have no idea what I’m doing. Which is a problem when I want to make it again but have no recollection of which spices I threw in haphazardly.

    Also: Yes, you can have too much ginger. Like when the entire cap to the container falls off and a giant mound of ginger powder falls right into your precious fried rice.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 22, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

      Protip: Learn 1 recipe at a time. You can cook instant other stuff, but learn to cook one recipe at a time. Like, start off learning how to make a good pasta sauce. Then learn to make a stir fry. Generally in University you end up cooking the same meal 2 days in a row because you have to eat the food. Plus, if you have a house that’s willing to communal cook, at least then you have the meal you are confident in.

      Also, use the internet. Food.com has plenty of simple recipes

  6. karry
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Soooo, are you having 5P every night ?
    Also, how do your parents feel about betraying your people ?

    “most house­holds will not have have a single per­son liv­ing within who knows how to really, con­sist­ently cook.”

    Thats just in USia. Normal people live in other countries, and do cook.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 22, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

      My parents disowned me for leaving the country. This is my letter of apology

  7. Posted October 20, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    “My assump­tion was that we would take it in turns to cook for each other”
    I find it almost funny how often this happens and then turns to betray expectations.

    Instant foods actually have lower caloric intake a lot of times than making it yourself, shockingly enough; probably cause they cut corners on the ingredients. It doesn’t digest as well though.

    As for households with consistent cooking, it’s actually getting pretty bad around the world. Well, too bad for them; but chicken kiev? that’s pretty ridiculous :P (I actually think the instant version of that is pretty good).

    • Posted October 21, 2010 at 6:36 am | Permalink

      even though instant might have less calories, they also contain near nothing of vitamins and minerals ;( plus the sodium is probably through the roof. MIT students have gotten scurvy from just eating instant noodles D:

      /end health nerdiness

    • Scamp
      Posted October 22, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

      I guess the instant food companies have less calories because that’s what health conscious people look for. They wouldn’t notice things like lacking vitamins and so on

  8. Posted October 20, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    I’m happy to have contributed to this post in some small way.

    Anyway, I usually made very (I stress the very here) simple lunches for myself in college, but as I got busier, I started relying more on eating out on campus . . . and of course my health went straight to hell. Ick.

    At least you have a surefire way to impress people — a good cook can win over anyone.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 22, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

      You can see now why that picture is perfect for this post.

      btw I might give off the impression that I’m a good cook, but I’m still very much a beginner so my dinners are often not that well made at all. I make up for lack of skill with enthusiasm

  9. Hatsuyuki
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    If you really acted all tsundere about it like that, you’re adorable XD!

    I honestly wish I had the drive to cook for myself >_>. I still live at home, but I don’t have a mom and my dad has never even tried cooking, thus I fall into the category of a college student that eats too much instant crap. Which never tastes very good… Honestly, I look forward to going over my friends houses just because it’s a guaranteed parental cooked meal XD. I really should learn to cook, though… Whenever I tried I failed so miserably at it that I just gave up, but I know that’s a horrible excuse as most people aren’t great at it on their first few tries lol.

    And gasp, you fled the country? Where did you live before, if you don’t mind me asking? I live in America, and I really don’t want to live here forever. When I finish school I’d like to go to Canada or England. Or Italy… if I can learn Italian… I’m minoring in Spanish, so learning Italian after that shouldn’t be too hard XD.

    Anyways, sorry for rambling >.<;;.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 22, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

      I’m going to find myself repeating this a bit, but the absolute best thing to do is learn one recipe at a time. Get that one pretty much right and then move onto another

      I moved from Ireland to England. It wasn’t leaving the country that was the issue, it was leaving the community I was in. Which pretty much meant I had to leave the country because Ireland is so small that I’d end up having to live at home

  10. fathomlessblue
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Sadly students who can cook nowadays seem a real rarity. I certainly couldn’t when I started Uni, it was only after being laughed at for three straight days about how I was going to get through a whole year on microwave meals that I realised I’d have to put some effort in – cue much disaster; few results!

    Even now, I still consider myself awful at cooking, my attempts at making sauces (pasta, curry etc) from base ingredients still mostly end in disaster. I’m more likely to just admit defeat and just buy the tinned stuff at a supermarket along with the necessary meat, veg etc. Man, I suck.

    It doesn’t help that the cook books i’ve bought to help are full of ingredients that none of the nearby shops sell either. One day i’ll discover a nice local indian shop or something and i’ll be able to fulfill my ambition of making excellent curries. Sigh, one day…

    • Scamp
      Posted October 22, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

      Argh ingredients. One of the very few recipes I learned to make was Chicken in Black Bean Sauce. But absolutely nowhere sells Black Beans. Nowhere, not even the bloody asian market. I wonder where my parents bought black bean sauce anyway?

      • Posted October 23, 2010 at 5:29 am | Permalink

        that’s funny cuz over here black beans are like 99 cents a can in any supermarket <_< *cue american ignorance of other countries*

  11. Roghek
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    I really find it funny, because even though I know little about cooking, yet I dislike instant food, I have someone who cooks for me, not out of laziness, but is my boss, a chef and I get delicious food everyday, (almost everyday), aren’t I lucky?

    I have to admit that you are of the few people who really like cooking and know how to do it, is like they say “Men should be able to do anything” but usually that’s not the case.
    So keep up the cooking and keep up the tsundere personality.
    You have all my respect.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 22, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

      Your boss cooks for you? Never, ever lose that job of yours

      • Roghek
        Posted October 23, 2010 at 12:08 am | Permalink

        I would to that but is a part time job in an Italian takeaway,
        The food is awesome but I am destined to leave (the place not the food)
        If you ever come to Manchester, come for a take out, you wont regret it
        we make the best Italian food out there and I have no shame to self advertise it.

  12. Posted October 20, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Thus it is revealed how critical tsunderes are to the continuance of the species. And not just tsundere cooks, but tsundere crossing guards and administrative assistants. Anywhere the rest of humanity finds itself losing its footing, tsunderes watch with a critical eye, ready to assist their fellows (albeit at the price of a stern word and the occasional glancing blow).

    • Scamp
      Posted October 22, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

      i-i-it’s not like we want to help humanity or anything!

  13. EurydiceQ
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    “My assump­tion was that we would take it in turns to cook for each other”

    One thing I learned in undergrad is that shared-food arrangements in college apartments usually end in tears. Someone always ends up feeling like they’re getting shafted on groceries or that someone else is eating more than their share. It’s a mess, unless you’re living with people who are your best friends, and sometimes it’s still a mess then.

    That said, I completely sympathize with you. I just moved into student accommodations with a shared kitchen per “flat” (aka hallway) and it’s the first time I’ve really had to cook for myself 100%, since in undergrad I lived in dorms (which had dining halls) and a sorority house (which was catered). I feel like it shouldn’t be that hard, because I actually love to cook and bake, and I do it for my family all the time when I’m home. But cooking for just yourself is kind of a bummer, especially in a kitchen you just moved into, since you’re always realizing you haven’t bought a spatula (or some other necessary tool) yet.

    Your post has inspired me to stop being lazy and get more creative in my new kitchen :) Maybe I’ll try cooking for my flatmates too. Good luck with your new kitchen adventures!

    • Scamp
      Posted October 22, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

      Glad I inspired you! Hope I inspired a few other people too to take at least a little bit more interest in cooking.

      Baking is very different to cooking because you can do that at anytime. Cooking is a necessity, which is why it’s harder to summon enthusiasm for

  14. Posted October 20, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    Tsundere. <3

    I don't like cooking very much if I'm going to be the only one eating it. I like good food, so I do it every now and then, but I don't really get to share with others very often (when I'm not busy anyway), so it makes it less fun?

    There's an intense pleasure that accompanies making other people happy with something you made.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 22, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

      I’ve gotten so used to cooking for just myself that it doesn’t bother me so much anymore. Actually it’s led to me doing more experimentation than normal. Which is why I’m actually kinda afraid of offering to cook for my friends. I’m still not that good, what if what I cook doesn’t work?

  15. Posted October 20, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    The microwave is actually a decent cooking tool if you know how to use it. It acts like a super-fast steamer; Mr. Alton Brown taught me that. He even cooked fish in a dishwasher!

    I think another big hurdle to college-age cooking is availability of ingredients. You usually have to make a trip of going to the market and picking out fresh ingredients, which you have to use up quickly before they go bad. On college campuses I’ve been to the market is usually out of the way, so its an extra hassle to have to get fresh food not readily available in a college mart, and cooking often means having to make that trip frequently.

    But more power to ya! Self-sufficiency is a trait a lot of people desire but don’t actually try to obtain until backed into a corner. Thank your parents for rubbing off some of that cooking behavior onto you.

    • Posted October 21, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

      almost forgot, but Kadian is right; most people sees the microwave as just a tool for heating up instant foods, but it really is invaluable to cooking. Defrost mode is a blessing by itself, but I also find microwaves as the best medium for cooking things like potatoes (hot or mashed), squash (especially starch-heavy ones like acorn), certain fish dishes, etc.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 22, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

      Well our dishwasher doesn’t work either so….

      Buying ingredients is a bitch. I do have a decent sized supermarket nearby, but it doesn’t have fish. I hate shitty versions of fish like fish fingers so basically I’ve eaten no fish since I moved back to university.

  16. Posted October 20, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Good for you! I never could understand why anyone would willingly live on noodles & baked beans.

    I enjoyed cooking quite a lot at Uni – so much so that I generally ended up cooking for everyone on my floor of our self-catered halls in 1st year (my hallmate was living on Jaffa Cakes & noodles until I offered to cook for her!).

    When I went into a flat with two others for 2nd & 3rd year we did end up taking it in turns to cook each evening – worked really well for us as we all liked to cook; but I think we were the exception rather than the norm.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 22, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

      Grrr, I wish I had that type of dorm. To give you an idea, we don’t even have a dinner table. I’ve found myself sitting Asian style by the coffee table to eat my dinner. There’s certainly nowhere we can all sit and eat together, that’s for sure

      • Posted October 24, 2010 at 11:31 am | Permalink

        No dining table!? Thats tragic. Halls had a massive table in our communal kitchen (although it was mostly covered in empty beer cans and vodka bottles), and our flat had a cosy wee round table tucked into the corner of the kitchen – we even had a table cloth at one stage (but it went missing one Halloween when the fella next door stole it to make a cape XD).

  17. Posted October 20, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    What an inspiring post! And can I just say that I’m a much better cook than your father. Let’s talk about a Wok.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 22, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

      I’m sure he would disagree

  18. luffyluffy
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    Jesus Christ, you’re the cutest fucking guy ever.

    I could date you, you know. If it helps, I (apparently) have a nice ass, and I’m a B-cup. I also look good in cat suits.

    asl dog?

    • Posted October 20, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

      Luffy, I love the fact that I’m reading this comment right under his mother’s comment.


      • Posted October 21, 2010 at 1:13 am | Permalink

        had the same though XD

      • luffyluffy
        Posted October 21, 2010 at 2:03 am | Permalink

        I-I didn’t read anyones comments before I posted NYORO~N ;3;

    • Posted October 21, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

      You’ll have to join me in the harem of internet waifus.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 22, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

      this is a very strange thread

      btw luffy, sorry but you’re probably too young for me. Although I think Janette is also too young for me so eh, loli harem FTW

      • Posted October 23, 2010 at 4:11 am | Permalink

        Aw, come on Scamp, I’m legal. That’s what matters, right?

        Heh, I know the feeling though. Anyone not my age or older is too young. And it just gets worse as I get older.

  19. Posted October 20, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    Oh, Scamp. You sound like the best roommate a wonderful roommate. And that’s so sweet. Get over here I wish to hug you.

    (If my roommate made me chicken kiev I think I’d have to worship the ground she walked on forever.)

    • Scamp
      Posted October 22, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

      Well I do warn you that I didn’t bring any of my own utensils (Rynair didn’t let me pack the bag anymore without charging me several billion euros to bring it over) so I’m far from perfect

  20. Posted October 21, 2010 at 2:17 am | Permalink

    Ahhh I remember my first encounter with a kitchen in a dorm. Me and my 5 roommates made delicious food for about a week, then we realized how much money it costs to make good food when you don’t have a garden to grow fresh vegetables in, and became lazy eaters. I mean, we’d get the occasional fish or something and fry it, but mainly, we just had pasta. Pasta is nice and cheap. What we always ran out of, however, was pasta sauce. So we had to make substitutes. Hot sauce works glouriously for this. I would eat anything by the end of the year. Just take random shit and mix it together just so as long as I wouldn’t be hungry. Peanut butter out of the jar (that’s always good though). pasta with oil and basil (lot of people like it, but I find it bland). Pasta with barbecue sauce. Pasta with random shit we find in the freezer. Pasta with pasta. And pasta were among the things we ate.

    And a shit load of take out.

    Now I live at home, where a garden is accessible, and cooking appliances are ready for use. I love to cook. I’ll make anything from chicken parm to steak to stir fry to grilled anything to fish to pasta with actual good homemade sauce. I almost decided to become a cook. Fuck I love cooking. I’m hungry now. Time to eat Peanut Butter.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 22, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

      I wish I had a garden for fresh veg so I didn’t have to buy the shitty carrots from the shop. Problem is, while I like cooking, I HATE gardening. So what I’d really like is for another housemate to like gardening so I’d do the cooking.

  21. Posted October 21, 2010 at 3:42 am | Permalink

    Haha, I don’t think I’d be able to live without a microwave. I pretty much live on instant stuff +sandwiches if I have bread and bacon and egg and peanut butter (pb is really good with freshly fried egg okay) and time. Half the stuff mother cooks are pre-made food bought from Costco…and I never drink the soup with noodles, they’re always chicken broth. She does make Chink soup though.
    I’d like to bake but our oven works as a storage for pots and pans and it’s not like we have things such as measuring utensils and…okay we just very Chink.

    And this is why you should by my housewaifu I’m hungry for chicken kiev now I don’t think I’ve ever tried it before.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 22, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

      Sandwiches are underrated. I LOVE a good sandwich. I’ve developed a love for chutney which goes perfectly with so many sandwiches. I love a good bacon+cheese+chutney sandwich. Providing it’s on wholemeal bread. None of that white bread crap

  22. Posted October 21, 2010 at 4:08 am | Permalink

    I learned to cook food because of various reasons.

    One is that I am a major food fan (you can take some of my blog posts as evidence to this), which means cooking the food I liked is only natural because you’ll crave for it later.

    The second reason is that, yes, like yourself, I’d like to be able to sustain myself rather than suffice with instant crap. Then again, since I’m not that financially stable, it usually boils down to instant crap. But that only happens a few times when I’m strapped for cash, so I guess it’s fine.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 22, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

      Thing is, most food is still cheap if you cook from scratch, sometimes even cheaper. Spices are cheap and take forever to get used up. The main problem is simply building up that cupboard. Seriously, how many times have I found myself thinking something like ‘now where do I get paprika/balsamic vinger etc.

  23. f0calizer
    Posted October 21, 2010 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    I cook, but very simply even though I have a fully operational kitchen. After all, cooking for one person is quite a hassle, so I make do with simple pasta, instant noodles, or stir-fry. if I were making food for a whole group, I’d actually look up recipes and make a proper meal. I practice what I call “subsistence cooking.”

    Oh, and to my fellow countryman from Singapore who lives with you, try saying this to him, “Eh, you whole life eat Maggi Mee not *sian* meh?”

    • Scamp
      Posted October 22, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

      Pasta and stir fry are pretty much the only two recipes I started off with. They still serve the majority of what I eat. I am moving onto cooking a meat+two veg options of stuff like chicken drumstricks and proper mashed potatoe along with other various chicken dishes.

      btw I told my Singaporean friend that. He told me to tell you to “fuck off”. He’s a nice guy really =]

  24. Posted October 21, 2010 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    awww how cute <3 ….lol i just realized many of the comments above me echo that sentiment.

    but word of caution (trying not to burst bubble…a sincere word of caution lol): be careful with cooking for others as well as sharing your utensils and stuff. my sister lived this way with some of her friends for two years and now she lives in another apartment thing and her friendships with her housemates are strained while a few are broken now. too many arguments on not cleaning utensils or workspaces, not buying basic necessities for everyone, etc etc.

    anyways, im glad you can call yourself a man that knows how to cook. not many of my male friends can cook. or female for that matter. i'm know among my friends as the "cooking person" and i get consulted a lot for advice on how to fix cooking mistakes or cook certain things lol. i've never had chicken kiev though, sounds interesting :D and do invest in a wok, that thing can do anything.

    nothing nicer than being complimented on your cooking though :D

    and there's nothing wrong with microwaves lol. they're useful for heating up leftovers and other things~ once i had to cook dinner for my family with ONLY the microwave since the stove was out of commission…it was an interesting night.

    …this comment is long ;(

    • Scamp
      Posted October 22, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

      Housemates arguments. Yup, there’s already plenty of things to argue about already, utensils is only one among any.

      People don’t ask me for advice on cooking yet. One because I’m still not very good, and that nobody actually cooks enough to ask me for advice. Also because I use really smelly ingredients so if they don’t eat it, they think it’s awful. I don’t know how many times people have come into the kitchen to complain about the smell of fish sauce or honey cooking

  25. blogger
    Posted October 21, 2010 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    At school, half of the year lives of instant food, especially noodles. When I cook, the kitchen burns.

    At least you have plenty of recipes you could cook from and it shows you have variety in your life!

    • Scamp
      Posted October 22, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

      Plenty of recipes? No, very much not plenty. I think this post made me sound like a cooking expert. No way at all. As I said in an earlier comment, I make up for lack of experience with enthusiasm

  26. Posted October 21, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Permalink


    (*is profoudly impressed and feels the urge to ruffle his non-ginger coloured hair*)

    • Scamp
      Posted October 22, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

      I’m really tall, so it will take quite a bit of effort to ruffle my hair

      • Posted October 24, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

        Tall, dark and handy in the kitchen, eh…. I’d be prepared to use that wooden spoon to beat off the fangirls!

  27. Granny
    Posted October 21, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    But did you get the chocolate crunch?

    • Scamp
      Posted October 22, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

      There’s chocolate crunch on the way? Yay~!

  28. Posted October 21, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    I loved this post and the story. I grew up as a mix of a convenience and fresh ingredients chef, and living in a dorm without a kitchen drives me nuts. I always think veggies much be fresh, cheese is meant to be grated from a block, chicken is suppose to be carved off the body…and now the only things I can eat in dorm, I make in the microwave.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 22, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

      I don’t buy full chicken, I only buy chicken breasts. You’ve out-elitist me in cooking already

      • Posted October 23, 2010 at 4:19 am | Permalink

        Only in some ways…the last thing I made was popcorn. Dorm
        cooking life.

        But full chicken is very easy to cook…all you need to make a good
        skin is butter and spices, and a little pepper for the inside. And then
        you have chicken leftovers to use for other cooking for days!

  29. Posted October 22, 2010 at 1:40 am | Permalink

    Aww, that was a very sweet post. I wish I could cook, but I am far too lazy. I live on residence myself, but my suite has a kitchen, so theoretically I could cook, but my laziness and pseudo work keep my away from the stove.
    One of my roommates actually cooks most of his food, and he has fed me and my other roommate a few times (he made us chocolate chip cookies, and other stuff!).
    Under the supervision of my cooking roommate, me and my other roommate made an omelet once, the omelet lacked salt, but cooking it was quite satisfying. I once baked muffins from pre-made dough, but that doesn’t count for much.
    Having said that, I hate things like instant food, I normally just reheat something my mother made ( I visit home every two weeks, so, this is pretty easy to do).
    Oh, and no offense Scamp, but regardless of how good you or your parents are, none of you can cook food as good as my mom’s!

    • Scamp
      Posted October 22, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

      Well I can’t visit home because there just so happens to be a sea between me and home. So instead I have to try copy their recipes. Easier said than done -_-

  30. Xyopq
    Posted October 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Seems like all University households have the same cooking mentalities. I’m the one that always cooks from scratch, we have a guy that lives entirely on noodles, someone that eats only Dolmio and microwave curries, and a guy who’s main food groups are fried chicken, pizza, and parmo (Sort of a deep fried chicken kiev covered in cheese, native to North-East England).

    • Scamp
      Posted October 22, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

      I live in the north-ish of England and I’ve never heard of parmo…sounds kinda nice actually

      • Xyopq
        Posted October 25, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

        I live in Middlesbrough. The only places I’ve seen parmo being served are here and Newcastle. Though I’ve heard there is a place in London that sells them.

        And now I’m hungry :-/

  31. Posted October 22, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I have an extra bedroom and the heating system was just upgraded, please come live here and make me food. I also have Wi-Fi, so you can watch anime to your heart’s content

    • Scamp
      Posted October 22, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

      Really tempted to take that offer you know. My connection is soooo shitty. Plus I get someone to talk about anime with! Oh, and the heating in my house is kinda shitty. So yeah, getting on a plane now

  32. Posted October 23, 2010 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    Cooking is half art and half science… it’s great for everyone. I tend to enjoy cooking for myself, or one other, but large meals screw up all my recipes ;; Personally, I don’t mind cooking for others and it’s no big deal at all, just sort of a thing… with one cook in the kitchen at a time, I don’t expect others to make themselves something while I’m cooking, so why not share.

    Good to know you can cook, btw. It’s a pretty awesome environment when you have 3-4 guys living in the same place, and everyone can cook great.

  33. Posted October 23, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    ….I’m hungry now.
    You can cook? Wa~ Scamp, you’re so cool! There should be more men being able to cook.

  34. Posted October 25, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    Wow, a university student that ACTUALLY cooks for themselves?!? I’ve only seen two others on the entire campus that legitimately cooks at all (besides me, of course). I feel like I’m a part of a slowly dying out, extinct species or something :P

    I’ve seen a few here and there that bake, but everyone else, like you mentioned, eats some random crap that’s microwaved or instant. I’ll admit that I do have my fair share of instant food for backup purposes (making dinner during exam week? Not going to happen).

    Chicken Kiev actually sounds delicious; perhaps I’ll cancel that Japanese Curry Dish I had planned for tonight and try that instead. I’ve been experimenting with a lot more Asian dishes every since I made a run to the local Asian market, where there’s seriously some great stuff.

    Now if only there was a market closer to campus, I could do that daily. Grocery shopping is seriously a pain :x

    • Posted October 25, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

      “I feel like I’m a part of a slowly dying out, extinct spe­cies or some­thing”

      Lol, I just realized this sentence makes no sense at all whatsoever.

  35. blissfullynaive
    Posted December 21, 2010 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    A bit late in reading this, but everything in this is just awesome. And of course entertaining, especially that last bit.

    Perhaps you can influence them in cooking? I’ve been doing that to my sister and i’m glad she’s liking it slowly. Although she’s still at the “cutting up vegetables” level for now.. xD

  36. Posted March 5, 2011 at 3:48 am | Permalink

    I just re-read this ’cause Baka-Raptor and I were talking about you and decided you were moe.

    P.S. Please be my husband.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 5, 2011 at 5:24 am | Permalink

      If you’re willing to provide me with a bed and a decent internet connection, I’d be happy to move in

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