Although my Mum cooks, I don't trust her cooking due to her fondness for fad diets. One way I avoided her cooking was eating out; but it's expensive and not a good long term solution. What to do? I've hit upon two methods: stir-fry and steam.
I decided to buy a wok, and learned a few stir-fry recipes. On occasions when I felt really lazy, I just opened a can of luncheon meat or corned beef and fried it; other times I deep-fried some chicken nuggets. An essential component of frying is a stopwatch; I use my phone for that.
I'm still experimenting with the steamer; one failed experiment was to steam some unripe langka. I'll probably save the leavings by using them for ginataan. Aside from that one botched attempt, I've experimented with other vegetables, and discovered along the way that the secret to having good steamed food is the sauce. One combination that I like is Kikkoman soy sauce and wasabe flavor.
It's a good thing that the internet has a lot of good sources for recipes. Getting some of the ingredients can be a problem, especially when the names used elsewhere don't match local names. Pechay becomes chinese cabbage, and so on. It's especially difficult when one is buying the ingredients from the nearest wet market; one can't make oneself understood.
Aside from that one difficulty, there have been some benefits. It's fun learning how to cook, costs a lot less than eating out, and best of all, helps me avoid my mother's cooking. Who would have thought that cooking can be a form of self-defense?