This was her very first visit to America, and to celebrate her arrival we took her to a bunch of American places to eat... You know, like Chipotle and In-N-Out Burger. Those sorts of fine dining experiences you can't find any place else.
To return the favor, Matt and Emma treated us to a taste of their culture... and since I have long ago lost the ability to pretend to like food that I think tastes bad. (Which is usually anything that's not meat, potatoes, or pizza-related items.) Therefore, I was quite worried about this upcoming meal.
I knew I was in trouble when they started wandering down the "International" aisle of the grocery store.
They started shopping for ingredients that have way too much flavor for my taste-buds. I'm lookin' at you, Soy Sauce.
And speaking of soy, I became very worried when they began grabbing stuff from the Tofu section.
I hate Tofu. I hate it so much that I've never even tried it. Actually, that's not true. One time at Costco, Cheri gave me something that she claimed was a chicken nugget. I ate it and she asked me how it tasted. I said it tasted okay. Then she revealed that it wasn't meat, it was Tofu. So now all Tofu tastes like betrayal.
Then, the cooking began... and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I liked the smells that were filling the house.
(of course, anything is better than the odor that comes from the cage of our stinky bunny, Mr. Knightley.)
(Not on menu)
I asked if there were any secret ingredients involved and Matt gave me a karate chop.
After I regained consciousness, we had a delicious meal.
So, what do we have here? On the top left is Matt's Americanized version of Chinese fried chicken (A+). In the top center we have Pork (A+) and Green Peppers (didn't try it). In the top corner you can spot the Tofu and Tomatoes (didn't touch). And then, the final dish -- that red and yellow stuff -- is sweet scrambled eggs. That's right, sweet! I tried a bite, and it was too exotic for me, but everyone else seemed to love it.
All in all, I was delightfully surprised by how much I love their cooking. Thanks, Emma and Matt!