Reverse Home Alone 2


The parentals are back from their US trip! The past 2 weeks, I had dubbed as Reverse Home Alone 2, ’cause instead of Kevin McCallister (me) getting lost in New York, it was the parentals who did so. (There are other, more accurate references but whatever, get off my case, Cameron Dennis. #SuitsReference)

I had always told myself that the only way I could gain complete independence was if I got a job in another country and was thrown into forced independence. Turns out, there’s actually a less painful option. LOL. Long story short, this was the first time my parents left me alone for this long. The other times, they were gone for less than a week (they had actually just gone to Cebu two weeks before this trip), and enough food had always been provided for me to reheat. My brothers were also still living here and buying take-out in case we ran out. This time around, I was alone. I thought it was a great time to put my homemaker dreams (whut) into action, so I told my mom I was going to try cooking for myself. She gladly obliged.

So in the 16 days they were gone, I had learned to cook and, ehem, force myself to do the following:

  1. Clean parts of the house that weren’t in my area of responsibility (a.k.a. my room)
  2. Keep the dogs alive (lelz!)
  3. Take out the garbage
  4. Take care of laundered clothes
  5. Learn how the pipes in our house work

Yes, I was a lazy-ass. Those days are behind me now. 16 days behind me, to be exact. LOL. *cartwheels* I’m quick at cleaning the kitchen now when my father makes a mess. Immature Abby was already obsessive-compulsive to begin with. Imagine what Amateur Adult Abby is capable of doing. :))

My mom had thrown me so many statements already, in the 14 hours she’s been home:

“Wow, the floors are so clean! Thank you so much!”
“Are you being sarcastic again?”
“No, I really am happy!”

(After testing the puttanesca I cooked) “Nako, Abby, marunong ka nang magluto! Pwede ka nang mag-asawa!” (You can get married now, Abby! You already know how to cook! — Can’t I just be a chef first? :P)

I had also thrown a few lines myself:

“Having to clean the house, especially when it was raining and the dogs were making all those muddy messes, I realized that 1) I really, really just want a small flat of my own someday and 2) I only want one tiny dog.”

“There were no mosquitoes flying around the house when I was alone. Now I’m starting to feel them again. Please, parents, please.”

“Papa, you’ve only been home for 2 minutes. How is it that there’s Chex Mix all over the floor already???”

I am definitely my mother’s daughter. Yep. :))

Anyway. One of my 2013 resolutions is to learn at least 1 recipe per month. I had already owed myself 10 recipes since, and now I’ve gone down to 4! Yay! 😀 Below are a few pictures of my, ehem, attempts:

Choco chip cookie in a mug! Pretty good, except I overcooked it. LOL.
Choco chip cookie in a mug! Pretty good, except I overcooked it. LOL.
French Toast! :D I paired this with English breakfast tea and had the best pseudo-European brekky ever! :D
French toast and tuna omelette! 😀 I paired this with English breakfast tea and had the best pseudo-European brekky ever! 😀
Asian Beef. :D
Asian Beef. Extremely tasty! 😀
Lime chicken soft taco! Lunched it out with my brother. He had no negative comments. That's good enough for me. :))
Lime chicken soft taco! Lunched it out with my brother. He had no negative comments. That’s good enough for me. :))
Brownie in a mug! Holy crap, this recipe is legit but extremely deadly. o_o
Brownie in a mug! Holy crap, this recipe is legit but extremely deadly. o_o
Puttanesca! Mommy tried it and said it was pretty good. :D
Puttanesca! Mom tried it and said it was pretty good. 😀

So, yes, I am quite pleased with myself right now. I also learned how to shop for meat while gathering ingredients so I’m confident I won’t act like a noob the next time around. :))

Suck it, adulthood!

12 comments

  1. Congratulations on learning how to cook! 😀

  2. That is just one of the best ways to learn, honey: when you are alone and left with very little or no choice. Keep it up. I see that you have so much hope. You will surely be a good chef one day, I know. Be a good chef for as long as you like and you would know when to settle with your Prince Charming. I hope he is just around the corner or is he already in?

    1. I agree, sir. This was a good way to learn. 🙂 No real plans of becoming a chef anytime in the near future; I just don’t want to be ignorant in the kitchen anymore. As for Prince Charming… not really in a rush either. Haha.

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