Experimenting in the Kitchen
In the months that America was quarantined, I learned to keep myself busy and sane. My boredom had led me to ponder life’s intricacies and to subside this growing boredom, I picked up on cooking and baking. The very first dish that I made was wontons. Although the recipe was fairly easy, the process of wrapping up the wontons was rigorous; I had a massive back and neck ache afterward. From that very first experience, I learned that I had no stamina at all whatsoever. It also made me appreciate my family, who always cooks breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. Next, I gave baking a try and made Hawaiian milk buns. Once again, kneading the dough left me beat. The buns came out a little misformed, but I managed to convince myself that all the taste is all that matters. By the time we got out of quarantine, my family was disgustingly tired of wontons, and we all had gained weight from my cooking and baking experiment. All in all, quarantined allowed me to explore new things, and I picked up a few hobbies that will be useful.
Going into the year 2021, I started getting into learning how yeast works and how to make dough. During this pandemic, I’ve learned how to make many different things…I’ve tried out many recipes that include pizza dough, and I’m trying to get into making sourdough. This year has just been me in the kitchen, trying out new things and learning how specific ingredients work. I usually help out in the kitchen when dinner or lunchtime comes around. I’ve tried many recipes to spice up our usual dinner. For example, on Monday, I focused on choosing a different cuisine to execute. We usually make Dominican dishes but, for that night, I decided to do an Italian Cuisine consisting of lasagna and ravioli. I also wanted to make risotto but since we didn’t have white wine for risotto I made white rice instead. Every two days, I try getting into different cuisines, and in my free time, I take notes on how to feed my sourdough starter. At the end of the day, I can say that this pandemic made me more active in the kitchen.
Tanghulu is a fruit covered in sugar that has hardened. It’s very popular in China, and many street vendors sell it. My first time making it was a massive fail, the sugar did not harden, and when I took it out of the fridge to try it, it was very sticky and taffy-like. I also made the mistake of mixing the sugar and water, which I avoided my second time. I learned the second time that it had to be at the right temperature. In the final result, I ended up only making two or three successful tanghulu. But I felt very proud and accomplished. When I bit into my first successful tanghulu, I was overjoyed. After two hours, two pans with burnt sugar, I had finally made tanghulu. This event taught me many things; it taught me how to follow instructions, and most importantly, it taught me patience.
When we were in the middle of quarantine I was becoming very bored, I felt isolated and didn’t know what to do. Until I was on TikTok and saw someone making rings. I started looking into it and never would’ve thought that I would be this into making rings. It is now my favorite hobby and really calms me down, helps me make it through the day. The other day I was counting and I found out that I have like around 75-80 rings and that’s pretty insane. I didn’t realize I had that much and especially since they’re all hand-made. I’m thinking of selling which I probably will so I’m very excited about that and I’m so glad I got into it.
Building a Business
Something I have made this year was a little business were I would sell vintage clothing and sneakers. It started when I realized I had shirts and sneakers that had resale value and could be sold for more money then what it originally cost. I started selling the clothes and sneakers that wouldn’t fit for extra cash, then would buy myself thing I liked. Then after a while more and more people started to buy things from me so Instead of buying things I just liked, I decided to buy more clothes of different variations and for all people with different styles. Overall I have made some good money selling vintage clothing and sneakers and I use that money to buy more items, so any money I receive from selling I put towards the items and then make more. It’s all an investment and good profit/money for a kid my age.
Many people that know me also know that I do not play music but during the large part of the pandemic I decided to learn how to not only play piano but also the ukulele and guitar. Learning how to play these instruments made me realize my appreciation for music and a whole new creative side of me that I never really knew I had. Playing an instrument is an ongoing craft that can’t be mastered 100%, so having that to do over quarantine really helped lift my own individual spirits and definitely my families when they could hear me play.
Creating a Video
I am your average human, basically. I don’t really do crafts, but there is one project, one thing that I made that makes me feel like a goddess. I made a video!