Despite how many mailing lists I’m on, I’m not an active member of many organizations. I show up for events randomly, but don’t attend meetings for most of these groups. Not because I don’t want to, but because here you really have to pick and choose what is important to you. I do commit a…healthy…amount of time to extra-curriculars, but outside of that, I try to show for whatever sounds cool.
And you know what sounds cool? Food.
So like 90% of MIT events have freeeeeeeee foooooooood. Ooooh. But the magic wears off after a couple weeks, to be honest, and soon “free food” isn’t a good enough reason to walk across campus for a 2-hour lecture.
But I couldn’t ignore the email from the Association of Taiwanese Students in my inbox a couple weeks ago: Cooking workshop.
Oh, yeah, it was free food, but much, much better. It’s like an engineering international service project instead of flat-out donations: sustainable. You know the whole give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day, etc….Well, that phrase came to life when I heard about this thing. Especially since I cook for myself most of the time – I rarely go to the student center or LaVerde’s. (In fact, the only time I even ever use TechCash is to do laundry. I mostly live off my credit card.) It’s always good how to learn to cook new things.
So I went with My Suitemate Linda, and we learned how to make wontons (which Linda already knew how to make, so hers looked a lot cooler than mine). It was great – like watching the Food Network – live! We also learned how to make mochi, which I didn’t like much because I don’t like red bean stuff: