I’ve been in Thailand now for 6+ months. It seems like a long time but it also seems very short. My fellow teacher and I are at the point where we have now passed the midway point and we have also passed our big month off of travel. We are excited to go home in a few more months but we are also excited to embrace the time we have left.
One of the things we both miss the most is cooking. I know I’ve mentioned before that kitchens are not common in Thailand. A Thai friend has welcomed us into her home on multiple occasions, a home that she and her late husband built, but all the did for a kitchen was a sink and some counter space. When we have dinner at her place we stop by the market and pick up a few things or her mother will bring food over.
I love cooking! I used to cook meals for my parents as a kid and have them come to my “restaurant” to order. When I last lived overseas in Spain, I was fortunate to have a fair amount of free time which only enhanced my culinary abilities and my desire to get creative. There were no pre-packaged mixes for cornbread or brownies so everything I made was completely from scratch. They did have pasta sauce though.
The past few years my SO and I have shared a love of cooking and would plan out our meals each week, at least as much as we could considering our 60+ hour work weeks. We utilized the crock pot, the grill, the oven, the VitaMixer, and of course the stove top. It was always a fun adventure. My favorite thing to do was simply chop vegetables, it helped me work out any issues I was having. 🙂
The other teacher and I have been fortunate to hang out with some ex-pats in center city Bangkok who are more than happy to let us use their kitchen. I think they are even happier to eat what we produce. Whether it is an intimate dinner for 4 or a dinner party for 30, we have loved cooking for our new friends.
Of all the people, things, etc. that I have to look forward to when I go back, I can definitely assure you that cooking will be one of the things I will be happy to re-embrace!