2 weeks have passed since I came to this dormitory and I'm now getting used to the life. I've got used to preparing meals especially.
Since they don't have a good kitchen, I have to think of easy ways to cook everyday. They don't have a cutting board to cut the vegetables, so I use ingredients that I don't need cutting. This is one example of my dinner: -Instant fried rice (just heat in the microwave) -Vegetable soup (boil the frozen vegetables and add some powder pumpkin soup) -Mixed fry (fried tin-can tuna, snow peas and corn all together with some gravy sauce) -Salad (green leaves, potato salad and some sprouts)
I always get togather with my new friend Michell. We met each other just a couple of days ago. We share food every meal. It's good to have a mate during the meal.
We talk about many things. Well, mostly the topic is about the culture differences between Australia and Japan. Spending time togather with an Aussie friend, I find many differences in the way she thinks or does things. And she also finds what I do quite different as well.
Tonight, I talked about Japanese food customs. Michell felt admiration in the way I cook things differently every night. I told her that we Japanese people like to have many different things in our meals. We eat varieties of food, not just Japanese food but also Chinese food, Western food, and some other ethnic foods too. We try to have different things on each day throughout the week. If we had fish on Monday, we will have chicken on Tuesday, beef on Wednesday, like that. Even using the same ingredients, we try to cook them in different ways. Because of this custom, we are good at thinking of new menus, by putting different ingredients together in different ways.
Well, I had never expected to be admired in the way I cook. Compared to what I was having everyday in Japan, my cooking is extremely simple now. But still, I received a good compliment. But if I look at how simple the other students' cook, I understand why. Interesting, isn't it?!