Culinary 101: Baked Pork Chops with Potatoes and Baked Garlic Butter Shrimps

Growing up, I failed to find a reason to be in charge in the kitchen.  Aside from the fact that we had a household helper who cooked for us, no one in the family was into cooking or baking or anything kitchen-related.  When we’re hungry, we’d rather go out for a meal or order food over the phone than cook.   Even as a student, our Home Economics class failed to instill in me interest in gastronomy.  Thanks to my bully groupmates who assigned me the “dishwasher” role all the time.  Haha!

Then I got engaged, got married, got pregnant and got a baby!  With the series of overwhelming changes in my life came the pressure to learn at least the basics of domestic life, which includes cooking.  While I honestly have no plan to be an awesome wife cook, I decided to challenge myself to learn some survival food preparation skills. You know, just in case, every fast food outlet in our city decides to cease operation. 😊 So I included Culinary Skills 101 in my post-partum bucket list!

Achievement unlocked!

9 months after giving birth, I decided to pursue my goal of getting familiar with the kitchen.  Don’t judge me, but I still haven’t developed the courage to deal with gas stoves and oil splattering.  So my game plan was to prepare food by baking. 😊

This Pico Convection Oven is my best buddy nowadays.

Pico convection oven

Some online sources say that the benefits of using a convection oven include:

  • Faster cooking – Since I’m a working mom, I hope to spend as little time as possible in the kitchen so I can spend more time with my baby.  The convection oven helps me to do my culinary experiments as quickly as possible.  As it is said to reduce cooking time, it’s a good choice for working moms who wish to still get busy in the kitchen after work.
  • Even cooking – This is perfect for newbies like me.  There’s a greater chance for us to cook food evenly using the convection oven. Thanks to the built-in fan that circulates air!
  • Energy saver – They say it is more energy efficient to use a convection oven than a regular oven because food cooks faster (and at a lower temp) in it.


Because I am such a dreamer, I aimed high with my first two attempts in the kitchen.  Why would I start with cooking hotdogs and omelets when I can try baking Pork Chops with Potato Marbles and Butter Garlic Shrimps? 😊

Baked Pork Chops with Potato Marbles

I downloaded the recipe from, bought the ingredients and tried my luck!

Click here for the recipe.


Butter Garlic Shrimps

Again, I downloaded the recipe from, bought the ingredients and tried my luck!

Click here for the recipe.

My newfound playground

Baked butter garlic shrimps



My hubby seems pleased with my finished product. 😊


At age 31, I made my first culinary creations. It’s never too late to learn something new, mommas.

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