I have been laid low by a virus this past week. One of those weepy eyes, huge headache and don’t venture far from home affairs. Since my vision is very blurry, I thought I would share by 2008 Valentine post with you – it still makes me laugh! And wouldn’t you just know, to start off the new year with my new oven, I burned applesauce onto a sauce pan; déjà vu!
We celebrated Valentine’s Day a week early because one of our children was driving past and stopped in for dinner. That is even fun to think about the second time around.
This event seemed to just make me laugh right out loud, as it was quite a comedic undertaking.
Gluten Free Pie Crust is challenging so I thought that making Pie would make the day special.
I try to always speak LOVE in my cooking. It is the main ingredient of every recipe.
Our menu was Chicken Pot Pie from the Harvest Potluck Cookbook for UNICEF , blueberry fruit salad and then Jesse’s Chocolate Chip Pie for dessert. I was making myself Chicken Noodle Soup for my suppers this week and Tuna Noodle Casserole for GF lunches.
I started several days ahead with the chicken preparation by cooking down the whole organic, free range chicken and creating the stock I would need. By evening time, had boned the chicken and was carrying the 5 gallons of stock out to the extra refrigerator we have in the garage to cool and for skimming the fat. I got to the right spot in the garage to balance the tray of stock and use my foot to push open the door of the refrig…
The lid popped off the middle container and the tray caught the door frame and down went stock onto the floor of the garage. It filled my shoes after a wild attempt at catching something, I stood watching it wander and weave around the tires of the car, soak up into the cardboard stacked for recycling and exit by the downhill slope.
Bucket brigade of hot water and suds. Big push broom in action. Partner coming home to move the heavy stuff and his wood scraps. I was not laughing out loud yet!
There was still enough stock left for the Chicken Pot Pie – Thank goodness. I had created a ”together” project for my partner and I to accomplish. And it was just the stock – not the chicken in the pot!
Next morning 2 GF tuna casseroles made and ready for baking; one was for the child to take home for dinner. Pie dough is chilling in the refrigerator. Remaining stock skimmed. Another joint project ahead of us, I made the GF Cream of Mushroom soup for the sauce on the pasta and used a new thickening agent recommended by the Gluten Free Pantry
Some of this flour had created a paste on the bottom of the saucepan, and now I had burned- on grief to patiently remove from my best pan.
Morning of the dinner, tuna casseroles baked and Chicken Pot pie ready to go into the over. A small over flow casserole was set on the burner to cool. I had been cooking and preparing all morning and just needed to sit and have a cuppa tea….filled and turned on the kettle …What is that smell?
Wrong burner – I had just burned up the small overflow casserole dish! Black smoke puffing out of a bubble.
My partner is attempting to save this little bowl.
In the door came the travelling child – we sat down to a magnificent feast and added the stories together of all the amazing cooking feats we had enjoyed and how partaking in such a feast now was just the best part of the adventure.
We are laughing out loud and hugging; it is a celebration of the loving spirit and activities which draw us together and defines our treats and joys; Communication and Communion.
A tuna noodle casserole and chocolate chip pie are 2 hours down the road now….I am addressing the envelopes for my valentines and sharing with you my funny story….One just must have a sense of humor and a smile. Maybe lovin’ works best that way?
You have any feast stories to share? Food and love stories? Laugh out loud cooking events?
By the way, have you tried the recipes in the cookbook? Dot Did! It is a collection of Food Love and wow I have enjoyed everyone I have made so far. UNICEF reports that it is still bringing in donations.