Yes, I’m now in charge of the kitchen, for the next two to three weeks. (This is one of those for better or worse situations where you know you’re not anywhere in the vicinity of the “better” part of the equation.)
Ward had hip replacement surgery yesterday morning – he’s doing well, and was raring to go a mere two hours after the surgery. He’s supposed to stay in the hospital for four days but I’m pretty sure he’s already hatched up some sort of early escape plan.
He’s probably driving the nursing staff crazy right now. The word he used the most yesterday? “Restless.”
But even after he gets out, he’ll be on crutches for a while. So there’s that to look forward to around here – we all know he’ll insist on doing everything around the place even though he won’t be able to.
And in the meantime, I’ve found myself back in the kitchen, since there are mouths to feed (the nine-year-old is much easier than the soon-to-be twenty-one year old, I’m finding).
Some notes from the kitchen:
1. When you put a can of cream-of-anything soup on the stove, those popping sounds mean: get ye back to the stove and fast, stirring utensil in hand and at the ready. Or else. (AKA “how to avoid burnt, blackened pots. Not to mention, inedible burnt soup.”)
2. President’s Choice frozen meat lasagna doesn’t taste half bad when you’re really hungry, even when you’re like me and don’t actually like lasagna, frozen or freshly made.
3. Note to self: just because I think I’m only going to buy a few things at the grocery store, always take the large wheeled cart and not the small wheeled backpack. Because “a few things” never stays “a few things”.
4. A slow cooker recipe is not synonymous with “infallible”. Chicken thighs can still get overcooked; yes, indeed, even though they’re dark meat and usually tender and juicy. Also, six hours of slow cooking time does not mean seven hours and counting.
5. It really does take only a few minutes to wash up a pot and reuse it instead of fishing a clean one out of the cupboard. I’m not sure why it never seems that way to me. Still, if I want to avoid sink-overflowing-with-used-pots syndrome, this really is something I’ve got to remember.
6. Dirty dishes reproduce, naturally and organically. I should set up a camera with stop motion timing to see this in action and record it for prosperity. Or maybe not.
7. Bacon and eggs = easy when you use turkey bacon. No oil splatters so no need for protective eye gear. Just saying.
I’m sure there will be more notes from the kitchen to come; after all, I’ve only been back in there for a day and a half so far …
Share your recipes with me, pretty please? Key words: easy, few ingredients, slow cooker. (And for when Ward gets home, if it’s vegan, even better. Or the poor man will be living on bagels and peanut butter.)