Burning down the pad

I’m tempted to give up on rectifying my passion for not cooking. Yesterday, at 7:15 p.m. EST, I attempted beef stir-fry, a harmless recipe. Brown the meat. Throw in some sauce. Toss in vegetables. Cook some rice. Done. And, harmless. Harmless until you drop the actual recipe on a turned-on burner and then turn away for three seconds.

POOF! Flames!

My poor recipe. Perhaps I should turn my cooking attentions elsewhere. Or spend more time practicing with non-flameable cookware. I should probably sign up for lessons with my two-year-old nephew. He’s pretty good with his Little Tyke kitchen set. Prepares all sorts of “delicious” meals.

If I turned to more kid-friendly kitchen appliances, I wouldn’t have to worry about leaving units on, burning body parts (or apartment parts) AND I’d put in some quality time with my nephews. Actually, I bet my nephews would show me up in a real kitchen. Even the two-year-old. Darn.

In my defense, the apartment did NOT burn down, and the dish ended up turning out a-OK. After I was prompted to add the spices. And the soy sauce. And actually make the rice.

Perhaps cooking is meant to be my spectator sport?

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One thought on “Burning down the pad

  1. Anonymous says:

    Totally agree. If I could raise my daughter over again (actually she’s very talented at everything she does), I would teach her the art of dialing or push-buttoning (a word?), so she could get food the easy way, already prepared. After making a plethora of meals while the kids were still nest-bound, I find TB an exciting outlet – outside the bun, always!!

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