I have been in charge of the kitchen for sometime now. It’s actually not my turf since I don’t really know how to cook ‘fabulous’ dishes but since I am the missus in this relationship, I have to learn how to cook … FAST!
Rob has been wonderful… During our first few months, he would gladly take the responsibility of being the cook even if he was already dead tired from work.
I wanted to help out but we always clash because he has a different opinion of how the dish should be cooked and I have mine. So, we decided that instead of clashing and headbutting on how to cook the dish, the other person NOT cooking should keep his / her mouth shut unless asked.
It worked. Until last Saturday (17 February 2007).
Rob was craving for kare-kare (oxtail with peanut butter sauce). Since I got home first, I have decided, I will be the cook for the night!
I called Rob and told him that I’d be in-charge for the night. He said OK.
I was still trying to boil the tail until it becomes tender (meaning chewy) when Rob arrived. He then decided to help out and starts telling stories about how his mom cooks ‘kare-kare.’ From the course of the conversation, I knew that he wanted the dish to be the same as how his mom cooks it.
I actually (sort-of) said that what he wanted was hard plus the fact that we were already HUNGRY. Still Rob insisted.
I told him that it would just take time. Still he insisted. I was beginning to get mad and started getting irritated. Then…
SILENCE (we even ate in silence).
In the end, I apologized.
Moral Lesson: NEVER EVER argue about your soon-to-be mother-in-law’s cooking even if you think otherwise