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This time, instead of describing how my knitting lesson went, I want to show what it is like when I cook supper (oh oh, me in the kitchen is a whole other story too!).
Last evening, I decided in my medication induced sense of ability, I decided to make a stir fry supper, using 2 port chops and a whole lot of veggies that were sitting forlornly in the fridge. I assembled all the ingredients, veggies and the miscellaneous stuff needed for the sauce. I mixed the sauce in a separate overly large measuring cup, ready to go. I chopped all the veggies, not cutting myself even once! All that was left was to crush the garlic and chop the onions, which I figured I could do while the oil was heating in the wok. So, I poured the oil into the wok, set it on the burner and started chopping the onion. Almost done chopping the onion to the size I wanted, checked the oil, hmmm….it’s not even warm, and the wok is still cold. Huh. Forgot to turn the burner on. Ok. That done. Back to the onions, fine tuning the chopping to a miniscule size. WTF! I can’t see! My eyes are burning up in their sockets! My nose is running like Niagara Falls! OMG! All that smoke! The oil is smoking up a storm, guess it’s hot now:) At least I haven’t put in the garlic and onions yet (or I’d be chopping up new ones LOL) Ok. Wash out my eyes. Blow my nose. Get rid of the blackened oil. Clean the wok. Turn on the fan. Pour new oil in the pan. Turn the burner back on, a little lower than high. energetically chop those onions with the wok being watched through the corner of my eye. Oil is ready. Remove from burner. Grab the garlic, press into hot oil. Put teeny tiny onion bits into oil. Put wok back on the burner. Watch like a hawk. Toss continually. Onions are see-through. Remove wok from burner. Add cut up meat. Wok back to burner. Toss meat. OK. Meat all browned. Remove wok from burner. Add ALL the veggies. Wok back on burner. Toss, toss, toss and then toss some more! My arms are aching. My back is sore. My neck and shoulders are in major pain, along with a blinding headache blurring my vision (at least it’s not more smoke). Take wok off burner. Go take some Advil (my only lifeline at this point). Put wok back on burner. Lower heat to medium. Keep tossing. Add sauce to veggies. Add half the thickener that the recipe called for. Stir and toss, stir and toss. Cover. Lower heat to in between low and medium. Go outside for a smoke. Back in kitchen, lift off cover, toss and stir. Sauce is watery. Add rest of thickener. Stir. Cover. Dog is barking and running around like a demented circus monkey. Oh. Someone is home. Damn. It’s 5:30PM. Must be hubby. He’s talking. Oh yeah, I agree. It does smell good. Turn fan off, can’t hear a thing now. Grab a glass of wine, down half of it. Set the table. Serve.
Thank my lucky stars that the worse thing that happened to me in the kitchen this time was burning eyeballs. Smile, agree, it takes great. Secretly vow that it will NEVER happen again:) Drink rest of wine in a secret toast to me.