Autumn’s Adventures

The Foodie in Me
August 17, 2009, 1:51 pm
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I have NEVER been interested in cooking.  At least not for the past 23 years of my life.  But this year all I want to do is cook and bake and learn everything about food.  Is my domestic instinct kicking in or something?  I mean, I’m not complaining. I actually enjoy cooking now which is great because I enjoy what I am eating since it tastes delicious and I made it with my own two hands.  The downside to this is that I don’t have all of the resources and ingredients I need to do everything I want to do in the kitchen.  Argentina is very limited, compared to the US.

For example, I wanted to make my own almond butter since it was expensive to ship from the US and it does not exist here.  I found a recipe online on how to make it, all I needed to buy was a food processor and almonds.  DONE!  $50 dollars later I had a cute, egg-shaped food processor ready to whip up some delicious almond butter.  After making 2 batches, I noticed a crack in the plastic bowl. WTF??? I took it back and they replaced the bowl reluctantly.  2 more batches later the motor burned out.  Alright you stupid fucking piece of plastic shit, I don’t want you anymore.  I took it back to the store and they proceeded to tell me that I had to take it to a technician and if he couldn’t fix it they’d have to send it to Buenos Aires to get it approved so they could give me a new one.  There was no way I could get my money back or get a store credit or exchange it for a different product. I was stuck with this faulty equipment.  I definitely wished I was back in the US in this moment.  The way they handle customer service here is so backwards.

Second example: I don’t know if you remember that I have been trying to live a Paleo/Primal lifestyle since March.  I’ve been more or less successful but there are a lot of things lacking here when it comes to being creative, paleo style.  I want to make lots of stuff that requires coconut oil or flour or milk and there isn’t any of that stuff here in Argentina.  Maybe I should move to Brasil.  When I go to the “Healthy” store that sells nuts, seeds and alternative foodies and I ask them for weird ingredients, they tell me that I should get accustomed to the food of Argentina, or basically “quit asking us for weird things and being a stupid foreigner”.  Thanks, alternative health store…you aren’t very alternative.

I’ve hit a bit of a road block with my freedom to be creative in the kitchen.  Because of this I can’t wait to get home and cook in my mom’s kitchen, my aunt’s HUGE kitchen…and maybe my sister’s kitchen if she lets me (she probs will if it is paleo and yummy).


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