Those of you that I've cooked for know my saying, "I'm glad you enjoyed what I made for myself." The truth is I get great pleasure from watching and listening to you enjoy my creations.
For me cooking is great therapy. I find that it's a great way for me to leave my thoughts behind. I can spend time by myself in the kitchen, listening to some good music and slicing and dicing to my hearts content.
I cook by feel. I try to avoid measuring devices as much as possible. A little of this and a little of that serves me well. If I am intrigued by a dish that I read about or see on a cooking show, I'll search out some recipes on the internet. But I rarely cook specifically to any recipe. I'll look at a few and make my own interpretation.
I try to be conscious about what ingredients are in the refrigerator and plan meals accordingly. Wednesday evenings I am usually home alone and I make supper from whatever I can find in the house.
This was a Wednesday supper. It started with a leftover flank steak salad. I boiled about 5 oz of linguine. While the noodles were boiling I made a dressing of soy sauce, fish sauce, sesame oil, honey, and chili paste. I tossed the salad with the dressing and then I tossed in the hot cooked noodles. The heat from the noodles warmed up the salad and wilted the lettuce just a bit. It was really yummy.