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A Dream of Swiss Chic

I am a slow cooker....fan. Meaning, I adore the slow cooker because you can fit everything into it, forget about it until it beeps or stops by itself and goes on the 'warming' mode. As you can already tell, I am not much of a chef. Anyway, I've always fancied Western food or Mexican food and have purchased cookbooks with such recipes in abundance. One fine day....I will get to making some of those recipes for my kids. Western food, I don't know why, is mighty popular with the kids, on top of being easy to make (according to those books). For me, Chinese dishes come easy because I grew up consuming Chinese dishes. Even if I were to use the hit-and-miss method of cooking, it would usually end up quite edible. :-) Anyway, I saw this recipe for 'Swiss Chicken' last night and it sounded really....Swiss. I've never tried anything like that before. But the moment I turned the book around to take a look at the recipe, I sigh.... First, there's the Swiss Cheese....which is something that I've never ever tried cooking with before. I don't even know where to begin looking for them. That's the problem with trying to cook beyond the oriental fare....ingredients. While it's easy to find them on shelves in convenience stores in other countries....here, they're like unicorns...you think they're there but you can't find them or don't have proof that they even EXISTS! Then there's the herbed stuffing mix....what's that? I am, like, OK....is it anything like the Chinese version of five-spice powder. If it's that, then I've got it. If it's anything else, then I don't. And I don't know where to get them. I am sure the grocery store people will give me the eye if I try to ask them for this and tell them that I want to cook Swiss Chicken. "Oooohhhh.....itu Swiss Chicken ah? Mesti terbang pigi Switzerland lah, Makcik...." (Trans: Get your Swiss Chicken from Switzerland) So, I have this bunch of chicken legs, breasts and what-have-you-nots and I have no blinking idea what to do with them. I guess it's back to oriental dishes for me, then, huh? Ah well.....I'll dream of Swiss Chicken tonight then.
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