︎ Aries Qian
Chengdu, Sichuan, China
I hate cooking. To be precise, it’s the dishwashing I hate, but nonetheless, I’ve avoided the kitchen my whole life.
During the mandated self-quarantine period, I had no choice but to spend time there. It started off with boiled potatoes and cabbage. After a few days of prison rations, I finally ventured to the bottom of the freezer where I found a skimpy field chicken, the kind only fit to boil a soup. With the help of another kitchen-newbie, I made my first meat dish during the quarantine, roasted chicken.
Unsurprisingly, it turned out charred all over, texture like old foot bandages.
This was the eight of February 2020 and since then I’ve had no desire for anything oven-made.