As homy as I can be, still, staying at home and had to supervise everything from diner’s menu until schedule for changing towel can be very much stressing. Especially when the people you work with is hard to cooperate.
As a mother and as a wife, I feel myself carying the obligation to serve a healthy and balance food for my husband and daughter, and for my me and the baby inside me. I always try my best to carefully pick up the freshest engredients I can find in the market an avoid as much as I can the use of additive or flavour enhancer in every dishes I cook.
But, because of my activity and condition for the last six months, I hired an assisstant that help me run everyday chores. When I was away, she do most of the daily routines like shopping groceries, sweeping and mopping the floor, cooking and taking care of Asha. She’s been very helpful on this and I am more than thank her.
But, as dilligent and as tidy as she is, the same like as compromise as I am, there are moments when I just couldn’t stand her. Like when she keeps on forgeting to check the sugar tray cap, resulting a troops of ants to enjoy it. And although she did her best in keeping the house tidy, I found out that she’s doing it by puting everything stack in just one or to place regardless what the object is. No wonder Asha’s playing block and my dvd collections are missing around and scattered everwhere. I keep on loosing notes and Asha’s reading books keeps on disapearing.
But I am still manage to talk her trough that, and it change a bit. But the most difficult is when it gets to her cooking. I don’t know why but she has the habit to put nutmeg in any dishes she prepare. Chicken soup, sauted ‘oncom’, potato buncake, almost everything. And it really bothers me whenever I munch on a potato buncake, I found something nutty in it, and I don’t like it.
And trying to give my family a healthy eating habit, I try my best to reduce the use of cooking oil, fried food, or adding MSGs and the kind. So, whenever I ask her to prepare food for the day, I always remind her not to put nutmeg and not adding any flavor enhancer, includes instant powder broth, especially pure MSGs. I introduce her instead on adding a small amount of sugar to the food. I also stop purchasing powder broth in monthly basis. I only purchase it whenever I really really don’t have other choices to save the food. Either adding the flavor, or throw away the whole pan.
But I kept a strict rule on this and I often get irritated whenever I busted her out adding some flavor enhancer when I told her not to. Like today’s dishes. I plan to go to work today so I ask her to cook Rendang Ayam using instant spices, so that she wouldn’t have to added anything again, except for the chicken and coconut milk (I also use ready-to-drink coconut milk so she won’t have to take long to cook it). Rendang Ayam instant spices already includes food enhancer so it would be bad to added more on the dish later.
I always note her the groceries and I notice that this morning, coming back from the market, she brought home with her two pack of powder chicken broth.
I ask her why she bought that because it’s not on the list and she said the trader doesn’t have any change so he gave her that instead. Okay, I thought. No problem with that.
Along the way I keep an eye on how she prepare the food. I think she put too little water when boiling the chicken and so I ask her to add some more. Apparantly she meant to mix the coconut milk with water before pouring it to the chicken (I use to pour the thick milk just like that). And so now my rendang are more likely to be Kalio (a similar dish to rendang, only more watery). It’s okay, I can accept that.
But when I taste it, my God, it’s so salty! With that much water, it suppose to taste milder. I try to add some vinegar, two teaspoon of sugar, and it’s still difficult to devour the saltyness. I just couldn’t understand. How can it be so salty when it’s already too much water added?
And then I noticed one pack of powder broth is already open. Now I understand. I ask her whether she added the powder to the food and she reluctanly comply, saying she only added one-third of the pack. It’s still a lot! No wonder it’s so salty. I am very much dissapointed with her today. I am planning to make that dish as a double dish until tomorrow. But now it’s way to much watery, all the chicken are to tender and mixed up with that thick-oily soup, and it’s too salty! And to be added, having a picky husband when it comes to food really puting me into difficult situation.
Haahh…she’s good and quite handy. But whenever thing like this happen, I just don’t know what to do. Haaahh….