Sunday, October 5, 2008
The Mission: Cooking Spaghetti in China
First Donna and I went to Wal-Mart because surely they would have all the ingredients to make the sauce...unfortunately they didn't have any basil, oregano, parsley, or other Italian spices! So then we began our daylong journey for any spices that might taste good. Next we went to the pizza shop because they must know what these spices were and where to get them....but instead they had never heard of Basil. They sent us down the street to another shopping plaza, where we were again unsuccessful. So we headed back to school with noodles and cucumber. Finally we had to forget about finding the spices and make sure we could get plenty of tomatoes. We walked up to the local market, which is outside similar to a farmers market. We went from station to station buying out every good and ripe tomato they had available. I am pretty certain they thought we were a little strange. We also picked up some onion and mushrooms, and some other spice we thought might resemble parsley. Upon returning we prepared the entire meal from scratch, simmering the tomatoes for about 3-4 hours. The gatekeeper kept coming in to see what was going on. When we showed him what we were making he would make a face like he had just eaten the most disgusting thing in the world. I kept saying "Italiee Fan" (Italian Meal). I wasn't able to convince him to try this meal; he thought the tomatoes cooked way too long. However, everyone else seemed to enjoy the meal despite it missing the spices!