As many of you know I am married to "No Baking Papa". When I met him in 1974 he knew how to cook Chili Fries. Oven Fries and a can of chili - I doubt if he chopped onions to top
these gems but he would on occasion mix it up with the addition of a hot dog or burger patty.
Blue Box Mac and Cheese was considered a cooking triumph.
When I met him, I didn't know that there were people who didn't eat vegetables.
I remember the first meal I made him.
(Yes, women remember these things.)
Salad with Avocado and assorted vegetables
He ate with gusto. There was no indication that he didn't like vegetables.
At some point he must have mentioned to his mother Lois, that I loved vegetables. When the time came to "meet the family" Lois had us over for dinner. There
was Fried Chicken, a bowl of mashed potatoes large enough to feed an entire basketball team and a large bowl of..... CANNED PEAS.
"Honey, I opened two cans of peas cuz I KNOW you love vegetables!"
I was faced with a monstrous bowl of the one green thing that I don't consider a vegetable....canned peas! I love fresh and frozen peas but canned peas and
I have never been friends. I do believe that I was the only one who ate any peas. In fact, I don't think that bowl of peas ever moved from it's carefully placed location, in front of my plate.
Bless her (now departed) heart. Lois meant well.
She had 5 BIG boys to feed. If it couldn't be fried or sweetened, it wasn't food fit for her boys.
Her boys were not allowed to into the kitchen - they were 'boys' and she served them huge, filling, rich and comforting food.
"No Baking Papa" has come a long way! I know that Lois always worried about him - I mean, really - he married a woman who couldn't fry chicken!
There was a time, a few years ago when NB Papa actually would make his own oatmeal in the microwave. He had his "oatmeal bowl" and a special 3/4 cup scoop.
He had it down pat. After a time, that routine fell by the wayside.
This morning, after deciding to ditch the toasted bagels for breakfast he decided to return to the healthy bowl of oatmeal. He went to the pantry and found
the whole oats, unearthed the lonely oatmeal bowl. He found the "scoop" and proceeded to make oatmeal.
"Do you need help, Honey?"
"Nope, I got it! I remember how to do this. 1 scoop oats and 2 scoops water."
The "special" bowl is designed to hold 3/4 cup oats and 1 1/2 cups water - zap for 3 minutes. We later determined that he managed to add 1 1/2 cups oatmeal
and 3 cups water. What ensued was an explosive, oatmeal disaster!
Did you know that oatmeal has the same sticking power as Super Glue?
So, we are back to the drawing board. The "Special Scoop" now has it's place in the oatmeal container and the "Oatmeal Bowl" again resides at the front of
Tomorrow is another day!