OH learns to cook (salad included)

Since I’ve been incapacitated with the shoulder surgery, I’ve really been unable to do any cooking1. Even opening a tin is a two-handed operation, so OH has Taken Over The Kitchen. You see, he’s lived through two long periods with me being unable to cook, and this time he decided that he should learn to cook, so that we could both eat better. As this is something I have frequently told him that he ought to do, I was pretty happy to hear it.

At first, he needed me there right by his elbow2 to guide him through every step, but he’s learned pretty quickly. Now I can sit in the lounge for most of the time, and he’ll call through to ask specific questions, whereupon I can get up and help in a more involved way where necessary. He’s cooked shepherd’s pie, making a nice soffrito as a base, cooking the meat in proper beef stock – no stock cubes – and serving it with gravy and fresh brussels’ sprouts. OK, so he used instant mash with a little grated cheese for extra flavour. You can’t have everything. It tasted great!

OH has made me some great salads. He’s oven-baked chicken breasts, made pasta sauces, which he served with fresh pasta and nary a jar in sight, and he’s made pies with a option of oven chips or new potatoes – plus gravy for me, because I love gravy.

He’s made beef stew completely from scratch in the pressure cooker, and served it with rice3.

He has roasted vegetables, taking fresh onions, peppers, courgettes, potatoes, baby tomatoes, baby parsnips, mushrooms, butternut squash, and rosemary, and learning to clean, peel and chop them appropriately and getting the oil hot and all, despite his extreme respect for the oven and spitting fat.

He made a very good goat cheese and asparagus risotto the other day. All fresh ingredients, with nothing tinned, or instant (unless you are pernickety enough to call a basic but purchased chicken stock (Waitrose) or dried herbs ‘instant’).

Yesterday, he made meat pasties, which we had hot yesterday with roasted vegetables, and cold today with oven chips and brussels. So sue me – I love sprouts so much that I’ll eat them in the oddest combinations! Anyway, after we’d finished, the following conversation ensued:

OH: “Was that OK?”

Me: “Yes, thank you, it was lovely!”

OH: “I gave you the one with the thinner pastry, because I thought it would be easier for you to manage one-handed. This one was a bit harder to cut.”

Me: “I picked mine up and ate it with my fingers.”

OH: “Oh … I didn’t think of that. Well, you could have had this one then. I didn’t know you were going to pick it up with your feet and thong it into oblivion!”

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the Word Salad continues. No worries – we’re off to the Papworth sleep clinic again on Tuesday! Maybe they’ll come up with a plan …

1 – Even opening a tin is a two-handed operation, and I have zero strength in my left arm, and strict admonitions as to what I’m allowed to attempt.

2 – “Move back a bit, you’re in my light”. “Where did you go? I need you!” Etc.

3 – The rice was microwaved from a packet, but come on – he’s only been learning to cook for a few weeks, and he’s done some pretty impressive stuff without recourse to very much in the way of pre-prepared foods. More than most people, I reckon!

14 thoughts on “OH learns to cook (salad included)

  1. Rob Lenihan 26th November 2017 / 10:36 pm

    Wow, Jay, I’m very impressed with OH’s cooking abilities!

    I’ve been threatening to make pasta sauces for years now and I’ve yet to try. Pies, beef stew made from scratch–the next time I come to England I’m eating at your house!

    Get well soon!

    • Jay 30th November 2017 / 10:13 pm

      Thanks, Rob – I’m working on it! You’ll be welcome to come and eat with us – the only question now is ‘who’s cooking’?

  2. Jeni 26th November 2017 / 11:33 pm

    Oh wow we love you and that chap of yours.

    • Jay 30th November 2017 / 10:12 pm

      Aw, thanks, Jenny – I’ll tell him. 🙂

  3. Carol 26th November 2017 / 11:58 pm

    Wonderful for both of you! Everyone in the home should be able to handle all household duties because you never know what the future holds.

    • Jay 2nd December 2017 / 6:21 pm

      Exactly, Carol! Meanwhile, it’s great to be eating real food instead of instant meals this time around.

      I’ve un-spammed this comment, having found it just today. I have no idea why it went in there in the first place, since mostly your comments appear with no problems!

  4. Kathy G 27th November 2017 / 12:34 am

    My Hubby has been cooking dinner on Sunday for several years now. He’s getting better; recently he even improvised a recipe he found on the Internet.

    • Jay 30th November 2017 / 10:12 pm

      Wow – that’s great! How did you get him to do that … or does he enjoy it?

  5. Valerie Daggatt 27th November 2017 / 9:31 am

    My husband was a good cook but not always very imaginative. I loved his meals, though.

    I am intrigued, what is a sleep clinic?

    • Jay 30th November 2017 / 10:11 pm

      A sleep clinic is where you go to sort out problems with sleeping – in this case, sleep apnoea.

  6. nick 27th November 2017 / 10:20 am

    Jenny loves cooking and cooks virtually all our meals, so there would be a big crisis if she was unable to do any cooking. There are three or four dishes I can come up with, but I would need to extend my repertoire a bit!

    • Jay 30th November 2017 / 10:09 pm

      You should do that – you have a head start being already capable of cooking four different meals!

  7. Ally Bean 30th November 2017 / 1:09 pm

    I am hungry after reading this post. I think you have a talented cook on your hands, and I’d consider injuring myself on a regular basis so that I could continue to dine in style. But maybe that’s a bit extreme… 😉

    • Jay 30th November 2017 / 10:10 pm

      He’s pretty good! A couple of things he’s done lately have been every bit as good as I can do!

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