綺麗な料理 – Beauty Cook

Just like the ocarina concert fell into my lap, that same day a woman named Harumi from my village saw me and invited me to a luncheon at her house.  The invitation heartily suggested that I ”up my woman power”.  At that, I was wholeheartedly sold to the event.  It was more than just lunch though, it was a cooking demonstration, chatting about health and nutrition, and also an Amway product awareness event.

In addition to the food, she wanted to mail me one of her handmade postcards, she teaches at in her spare time.  Very nice.

When I got there, I was of course the only foreigner, and to no further surprise I was the only male.  No problem though, I knew what I was getting myself into.  Besides, who could argue with those odds, eh?  As soon as I arrived, we had short introductions, where they learned I was from Michigan, and deduced I might know of Amway.  When I went on to mention having gone to the same Hope College as most of them, they seemed genuinely impressed.

Every one of these monthly gatherings has a different theme for the food, and September’s was Hawaiian.  While the lady was talking about the ingredients and preparation instructions, the other women were writing all sorts of notes, but I had no desire to prepare this in the future.  If I can’t make it for 4 dollars or less, it doesn’t fit in my dinner budget.  One of the ingredients that I smirked at was Spam, since no one in attendance really understood the reputation it has for being some very low grade meat.  These people hadn’t seen such a rare delicacy before.  Throughout the presentation she made mention to why the Amway cooking oil was good, and why the electric convection heating surface was great as well.  But, there was never any offer, or even opportunity to buy these things, which makes it much better than any Pampered Chef party I’ve been to.

The cooking domain.

After the cooking was prepped and finished, we relocated to a breezy corner room to eat our feast.  Included was a Spam & rice dish, shrimp soup, fried chicken, and also a raw tuna with pepper dish.  This was all followed by a doughnut and rose tea.  Each portion tasted fantastic, though just like any nice cuisine, the better it is the less you receive.  I could have easily devoured another serving of each.

A picture of the food

And the company.  One of these things is not like the other…

At the end of our eating, we had a discussion session about the proper amount of fat to have in your body, as well as what types are best.  I wasn’t too involved in the conversation, as the subject matter was a bit more technical than what I could understand.  At the end of it all, I was invited to the next month’s event as well, western food.  If I could get a big fat steak or something, I would be overjoyed.  The debate in my mind is that these things happen every month, and at 18 dollars a month would be an extra 200 spent per year.  I’m torn between being further involved with establishing connections with more of community, and investing it into something I can own.  I’ll let my stomach decide I suppose.

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