Tuesday, January 10, 2012

My Hubby Really Cooks!

I'm trusting all had a wonderful Christmas and we wish you all a Happy New Year.
Our Christmas was guiet but, grand.
As a gift, Christmas morning, my husband, Gregg, made Eggs Benedict. This is the second year in a row for this special treat. I was and am always grateful for his expertise in the kitchen but, Eggs Benedict with it's creamy hollandaise sauce is a Favorite (notice the capital F) Thank'ee my beloved.
For the passed year Gregg's presence in the kitchen here at home has been more prevalent. Gregg has had the job of line cook at an national chain restaurant for many years. His major complaint of our little kitchen has been it's lack of commercial equipment and counter space. Though that is still the case and not about the change soon, he has been working in this kitchen a lot lately. I am very grateful when ever he steps in.
It usually works like this. I get going in the kitchen to start dinner around 4:30 in the afternoon. For years our dinner hour has been between 5 and 5:30 so, when that hour approaches I start knocking around in the kitchen.
I've never been a great cook but, know how. I come from a long line of great cooks and know how it should go. However, being me, I prefer to be anywhere else. Since ms entered into my life I have become more domestic. And the tasks of kitchen duty are less displeasing to me than before. I even, dare I say, don't mind doing dishes now. Strange. But, this task now has an appeal to me. It has become a thing I can do with out much difficulty and that makes it a good thing.
Back to my cooking. Now days I don't mind so much puttering around in the kitchen. Again I'm not a great cook and I have a limited amount of dinners that come out of my efforts. I have over the years pared down the types of food that gets prepared. When the kids were little I would prepare multiple dinners. To my praise or condemnation. I raised two picky eaters and was more concerned about getting food down them then maybe I should have been and too concerned about having a variety of recipes to try out. I don't know. Anyway, now I have learned what meals here will net at least a 66% acceptance rating. Meaning at least 100% of the food cooked for any given meal will get eaten by at lest 66% of the people served.
This probable sounds crazy. And probably is. But, like I said, now, this is how the meals go. New recipes only get tried by other households. If for some reason we get to try those meals and they are liked, then maybe they become a recipe used here.
Back to my kitchen. It's 4:30 pm and I'm starting a standard meal that has the chance of meeting a 66% approval rating. So moving around the little kitchen is at hand. Now depending on the afternoon I'm having dictates what transpires. After awhile of knocking around a bit, I will employ a new helper in the kitchen. It's a chair. It's my old oak office chair that was in the living room at a computer desk for years. It has been allocated to the kitchen to assist me. If during my kitchen duties I grow tired of standing, which happens quite often now, I have a seat on this old friend. It is on rollers so I can scoot from cupboard to frig to sink and so on. Tho' it is too low to work much from, this chair is a great addition.
Towards the end of the cooking time Gregg steps in and helps me take up dinner. Again, I am grateful for this help and the hug he always brings. The meals turn out better every time. :-) Which is a win, win for all involved and sometimes even a win, win, win, 100% Dinner gets served.