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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Cooking or Baking (01/04/07)

TITLE: Cooking with John
By Michael Karoly


Okay…okay…I’ve gotta make sure I don’t burn the garlic. Now where did I put it?? Oh yeah- there it is... Lord, please make this food taste good!

“So, do you like to cook?” Lisa asked, standing by the stove.

“Sometimes.” John reached for the garlic to put into the wok. “I must admit that I don’t do this too often because I’m living by myself. The recipes I like making are always written for four to six people, which is too much food for me to eat.”

Lisa watched him put the garlic in the hot oil and almost immediately her nose picked up the aromatic scent of garlic cooking, which made her mouth water. “I can’t wait to taste this stir-fry you’re making.”

John smiled. “Really?”

Dude…put in the mushrooms! Put in the mushrooms!! The garlic is burning!!! Pay attention to what you’re doing!

John took the plate full of shiitake mushrooms and dumped them into the wok quickly. “Oops…I think I burned the garlic.”

“It’ll still taste good!” Lisa laughed.

Keep stirring. You’re doing fine. It’s just stir-fry anyway...I mean, how badly can you mess this up? She looks really cute- I wonder if she would go out to a movie with me. Dude…don’t forget the asparagus!

“Okay…” John said, trying to make Lisa laugh. “I think these have cooked long enough.” He reached over to a second plate and dumped in several sliced asparagus stalks. “Now all I have to do is add in the oyster sauce and stir for about eight minutes, and then we can eat!”

“Mmmm…it smells delicious!” Lisa exclaimed. “And I like oyster sauce better than soy sauce; it’s sweeter and I use it for dipping quite a bit.”

Awesome! She likes oyster sauce... though it does look like maple syrup. Funny- it doesn’t smell like oysters. I was expecting something a little more runny. Didn’t I use soy sauce the last time I made this dish? Oh yeah- I remember. You did use soy sauce, because when your friends ate it they kept gulping down water as if they had been wandering in the desert for forty years. Stop fidgeting. Say something to her.

“It shouldn’t be much longer now. I better make sure the rice is done.”

Nice choice of words. This rice better be cooked and ready to go. The stir-fry smells pretty good…I’m impressed! I think you’ve done it, by jove! Keep stirring so the stuff doesn’t stick to the bottom of the wok. Gee- she really looks cute. I am so thankful I don’t have to work tomorrow- thank you Jesus! Please make sure this food tastes good. Check the time...check the time!! Is the rice done?? DUDE!!!

John lifted off the lid on the pot and looked in on the rice while stirring the vegetables in the wok. “Hey! It looks like the rice is done. I think we’re almost ready to eat now. Would you like some red wine with dinner?”

“No thanks- I’ll just stick with the Pepsi.” Lisa walked over to the table, got the black bowl that sat on the middle of her placemat, and brought it over to the stove. “Okay chef- I’m ready to eat!”

John excitedly spooned some white rice into her bowl and gleefully topped it off with the shiitake and asparagus stir-fry from the wok. He filled his bowl next, and he and Lisa walked over to the table and sat down.

“Lord Jesus, we thank You for this meal for we know it is a blessing from You. We thank You for this fellowship and time to spend together at this table. You are welcome here to be with us. Holy Spirit, guide our conversation as we live to praise and worship You. May we glorify You this evening in all that we talk about and do. And please God… make this food taste good! We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.”

Lisa took a few bites and complimented John on the food. “This tastes really good John. I knew you’d do a good job.”

“PHEW!!” John sighed. “Thank heavens for that!”

Yes!! Thank You Jesus!

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julie wood01/11/07
Great dialogue here--I could see and taste the food from the very specific and exotic descriptions; they made my mouth water!

Enjoyed hearing John's anxious inner thoughts, though at first I thought they were Lisa's. Some indicator that John was thinking might be helpful the first time around--also thoughts are more obvious as such if italicized.

A delightful story!
Myrna Noyes01/12/07
Cute story that made me hungry reading it! :) I looooooove the smell of garlic frying!

I agree that it would have made things a bit clearer to have the thoughts italicized. It was fun to "hear" what was going on in John's mind while cooking!
Donna Powers 01/16/07
Dude! An enjoyable story and I loved the dialog. I hope John gets a date!