If you’ve read my past blog posts, you’re probably more than familiar with my disturbing ability to ruin potatoes. POTATOES, of all things. If you’re a new reader, let me tell you: I usually couldn’t cook potatoes if my life depended on it. I’ve always claimed I must be cursed, as I could dice a potato into half-inch cubes and bake it at 400 degrees for five hours and it would still be raw.
No matter how badly I ruin a recipe for potatoes, a certain amount of time always passes before I try again. Things never get any better. I truly deserve an award for perseverance, if nothing else.
Recently I found a recipe that instructed to dice the potatoes, place them in a bowl with a small amount of water, and heat them in the microwave for 6-8 minutes. I’m one of those weird people who uses a microwave only as a last resort–call it a paranoia thing. If anything classifies as a last resort, it’s cooking potatoes in the microwave because no other method works for me.
To my surprise, the potatoes did cook in the microwave–but they were a wee bit overcooked and slightly crumbling into a diced potato-mashed potato hybrid.
Tonight, I made a salsa chicken recipe I’ve cooked a few times. Usually I make a side of rice or salad to go with it, but tonight I stepped outside of my comfort zone. I not only decided to tackle microwaved potatoes again, but I didn’t have any kind of a recipe. I was wingin’ it.
I diced the potatoes and placed them in a bowl with a little bit of water and a tiny chunk of butter. I checked them every few minutes until they were perfectly done and then I tossed them into a preheated grill pan. I sprinkled them with salt, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and BBQ seasoning, and tossed them until they just barely began to brown on the outside.
Not only was my husband impressed that the potatoes couldn’t have been more perfectly cooked, but he complimented me on how good they were several times as we ate. Score one for my ego!
So, with the success story out of the way, it’s occurred to me that while the end result of cooking is often delicious and beautiful food, there are plenty of aspects of cooking that are truly barf-worthy. Therefore, each week I will post a “Barf of the Week” picture to share how disgusted I am by some of the things we have to deal with in the kitchen.
This week’s Barf of the Week: Congealed bacon grease! EWWWW!