For me, one of the basic criteria of a good housewife is excellent cooking skills. That is why I never thought I could be a good housewife before. In Singapore, there are so many food courts just within 5-10 minutes walking distance almost from anywhere and the food is so cheap and with a lot of variety, so I seldom cooked myself in Singapore. Even sometimes when I cooked, I never had the courage to share with friends my cooked food because I really lacked confidence in the food taste (of course except dumplings, which I have showed off many times ;-).
Now, as a full time housewife, I have the responsibility to take care of my hubby’s daily life, and a delicious meal is the most important part of it. Surprisingly, I found that I quite enjoyed cooking.
When I first arrived here, I found that the refrigerator was full of kinds of meat, fish, and vegetables. Then I asked hubby why there were so many things inside. He said he bought some of these materials when they were on sale, but when bought them back home, he was too lazy to cook and for some of the materials, he was even not sure how to cook. Oh, that was good to some extent, and I could practice cooking based on these materials.
Normally it is like this: in the morning, before hubby goes for work, I would ask him what he would like to eat for dinner. He would say some menu names, but most of the time, he would say “as you pleases”. In the noon, I look through the refrigerator to see what materials left inside, and I would imagine the menus for the combinations of some of them, and then go to the internet to search for cooking procedures. Primitive preparation is also done for dinner, such as de-freezing meat/fish. At 5 pm, I start to cook. Normally 2-4 dishes are prepared every day and it takes about 2 hours to finish cooking. For several times, the landlord asks me, “What are you cooking? It smells so delicious.” Haha…
For most cases, in USA, the supermarkets are quite far from dwelling places. Luckily, several Chinese supermarkets are within walking distance to our house. It is very convenient for me, who do not have a driving license here. Sometimes, when I get some innovative ideas for cooking, but found lack of some materials at home, I would walk to the supermarket nearby within 15 minutes.