How to summer – cooking for self

The joys of solo summer afternoons at home

There is an urban legend that cooking for one is cumbersome.

Back when I used to go into the office and have physical lunches with colleagues, that was the most popular excuse I heard from my peers in single households. They cannot be more wrong.

Cooking for one is the most fun a girl (or a guy) can have. Here’s how.

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Shan State: Chickpea Tofu Fritters

I am not going to sit around here and pretend I have always known how to make chickpea tofu. I do not. This is something I poked around and made calls back home because I got desperate and needed to satisfy my Shan / Burmese food cravings while being quarantined here in my East London flat. Not sure who even visits this old site anymore, but I am bored out of my mind right now and will just post my cooking misadventures here.

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Alcoholics with a reading problem


An intern that loves making puns at work. College friends that loved speculating who among students would be which literary character. My half Polish office-mate from New York City who studied literature and preferred to stay up till 2AM to finish a book to going out. Several of my lady friends that like to throw themed parties in style [one of them successfully made several diplomats to dress up as Great Gatsby characters recently].

These are the people who came to my mind when I saw Tim Federle’s Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist. As the title reveals, you can guess what this cocktail recipe book entails. Here are some of my personal favorites:

  • A Rum of One’s Own
  • Gone with the Wine
  • The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose
  • Gin Eyre
  • The Last of the Mojitos
  • Absinthe Shrugged
  • Love in the Time of Kahlua
  • The Joy Luck Club Soda
  • Bridget Jones’s Daiquiri
  • Crime and Punish-mint
  • Vermouth the Bell Tolls
  • Orange Julius Caesar
  • Olives ‘n’ Twist
  • The Old Man and the Seagram’s
  • A Cocktail of Two Cities