Surprise!

17 04 2010

The long-awaited surprise is here; at least, it was long-awaited for Chris.

I came back around 4 pm and he went to a friend’s room while I prepared the surprise. I gathered all my necessary ingredients and went to wash and cut them. I had with me: 2 tomatoes, bella mushrooms, mini-cucumbers and two cloves of garlic. I diced the tomatoes, mushrooms, chopped the cucumbers and minced the garlic. I placed everything in their respective bowls.

Preparation of the food

Then, I cleared a space on his desk so that I could arrange all my ingredients. I added water to the rice cooker and set that on for high. While that was heating up, I also heated the pot and prepared three eggs in another bowl. I added some of the mushrooms and tomatoes into the mixed egg and added a pinch of salt. When that was ready, I cooked an omelette for Chris. I added Parmesan cheese when the egg was half-done and flipped half of the egg on the other half. Before long, the omelette was done and I scooped it out (with a little bit of difficulty!) into a bowl.

Preparing the Omelette

Cooking the Omelette

The Omelette is Ready!

Almost immediately after the omelette was done, the hot water in the rice cooker was boiling. I then added the pasta linguine to the cooker. After stirring for awhile, I quickly went to wash the pot and came back, ready to make the sauce for the spaghetti. I opened a can of organic tomato sauce from Trader Joe’s that my mom brought me the last time she visited. I poured the sauce into the pot. After awhile, I added the meatballs (!). The meatballs were enormous, so I decided to cut them all in half with my spatula. I then added the rest of the mushrooms and tomatoes I had prepared earlier. I mixed the sauce continuously for about 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, the linguine was ready. And not long after, the sauce was ready to go!

Cooking the meatballs and the sauce

Mixing in mushrooms and tomatoes

Almost Ready!

I heaped a bunch of noddles for Chris into a bowl and added a lot of meatballs and sauce on top. I did the same for me, though with less quantity.

Food is Ready!

Oh, I almost forgot! The cucumbers! I had diced 4 mini-cucumbers and put them all in a bowl. Then, I minced some garlic for flavor and added some sesame oil to top it off.

Mini-cucumbers

After, I arranged everything on the table for Chris and poured him a glass of grape juice, I called him back to the room. He was very surprised and went straight to eating everything! He didn’t even finish his bowl of spaghetti and meatballs when he stated that he was full o.O But that’s okay, because he still finished it later!

Finished product: Omelette!

Finished product: spaghetti and meatballs!

I had a great time cooking the surprise dinner for Chris. I’m looking forward to another surprise dinner sometime!

Chris had a great time eating his surprise dinner!

Stay tuned tomorrow for our dinner at Taste of China Part II w/ parents!





Hamburgers and Bento!

30 03 2010

This Sunday, Chris made hamburgers!

We went to the grocery store and bought ground beef, hamburger buns, a tomato, Romaine lettuce, and condiments (ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard). Back at school, Chris molded the ground beef into three patties and fried each patty. Then, he washed the tomato and lettuce and chopped up the tomato. For the big finale, he added a slice of tomato and lettuce to 1/2 of a bun, placed the cooked beef patty on top of the veggies, and then squirted the desired condiments, and finally placed the other half of the bun on top of the beef patty deliciousness. Epic hamburger, if I do say so myself.

Chris' hamburger

This morning, I made my first bento box.

I bought this silver lunchbox from home that my parents used to use when they were in college. I wanted to have bento in it, so I bought it to school, intending to make at least one bento box before the semester ended.

For my first bento box, I made a sandwich. It had two slices of bologna, one slice of American cheese, one leafy Romaine lettuce, and mayonnaise.

On the side of the sandwich, I chopped up two mini-cucumbers (see image below) into mini-cucumber slices and placed them along one side of the bento box and placed the sandwich on the other side. Though it wasn’t much for a bento box, I loved it and ate it before my 11 o’clock class and my 12:30 class. Munching on the cucumbers and eating the sandwich was super yummy in my tummy.

Mini-Cucumbers

First Bento Box

A week ago, I also made two omelettes for us. I whipped 3-4 eggs for each person, then added chopped tomatoes and mushrooms and Parmesan cheese into each omelette. It was tricky getting them out of the pot I used to cook them in (we only have a pot at school, no pan for now!), but it didn’t matter once the omelette reached our hungry mouths. I love making omelettes, even though it takes awhile to prepare and cook. I can’t wait to make more omelettes in the future, especially for weekend morning breakfast!

Making an omelette

Adding Parmesan cheese to the omelette!

Bon appetit, everyone!