I wonder how many times I heard this phrase on Japan's NHK Radio English Conversation Program. Hundreds, perhaps. Mr. Katsuaki Togo, the instructor of the program, repeated it so many times to encourage listeners, and it still comes into my head from time to time.
At first, finding ingredients in the fridge and on pantry shelves was a big task. Then, following great success with his initial effort, would come several disappointing outcomes: OK taste but unappetizing appearance, yummy look with dissatisfying taste, and so on. Now, as the mystery of making mabodofu wears off, Tom seems to have settled in his comfort zone where he can produce a tasty dish without me saying something (complaining, as Tom puts it).
How nice when you can count on the other person in the house to cook something you like!
Can you see me with a big smile from a glorious sense of achievement?
oyster sauce with or without karashi mustard would be nice...
Recipe for Tom: Koebi no mabodofu (mapo tofu with bay shrimp)