Monday, September 24, 2007

random facts about my kitchen Proverbs31 from Bringing Good Home has tagged me in a meme and since this is a four-day weekend for us here in Taiwan, I have time to actually do it. :) Even though it is a rather simple meme--list 8 random things about your kitchen and/or cooking--I still couldn't follow directions. I listed 11. 1. I love cooking with a wok and couldn't imagine kitchen life without one. 2. I am very (VERY) excited about my new kitchen. It actually has some counter space. My former kitchen's counter space was only large enough to hold a small dish drying rack. 3. My dishes are black. All my glasses and most of my cooking utensils are red. I covered my previous kitchen cabinets with black contact paper and painted my fridge black too. My red and black scheme don't quite work in my new white and blue kitchen. 4. I don't have a dishwasher. And, I hate washing dishes. Not a good combo. I do, however, have a dish dryer--a built-in, over the sink, dish drying tray that will blow/heat my dishes dry. 5. I love my Chinese knives. Chop! Chop! Chop! They are wonderful. 6. I am swapping cooking lessons with my neighbor/friend. She teaches me to make Chinese food, and I am teaching her some American dishes. This weekend, I was teaching her how to make french toast and fry bacon. I told her I would also show her how to make grilled cheese sandwiches, mashed potatoes, and omelets. Her response: "Oh! Goody! I just love knowing how to cook exotic foods!" Who knew that mashed potatoes and grilled cheese sandwiches were exotic! :) 7.The burners on my two-burner stove are shaped to hold a wok. So, when I do use a skillet, it has a hard time staying balanced on the burner. 8. The flame that comes out of my gas stove is HUGE. I love it. 9. My oven sits on top of my fridge. Ovens are not common here, so my little oven which holds one pan at a time is a luxury item. I once baked 156 mini-cupcakes 12 at a time in my beloved little oven. 10. I can cook with chopsticks (which is totally not impressive if you live in Asia). 11. Another main difference between American kitchens and Taiwanese kitchens is the height of the counters. They are much (MUCH) lower here (it makes sense that shorter people need lower counters). I find myself leaning over a lot in the kitchen--especially when washing dishes. So, if I have quite a few things to wash, I bring in a stool and sit down to wash them. I am not tagging anyone specifically, but I'd love to hear about other people's "international kitchens"--either Americans living abroad or non-American kitchens. But those with American kitchens in America are still welcome too. :) If you do play along, leave your link, and I'll add it to this post.

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