Things that Work for Us

There is a craze going on right now for spicy food. Long gone are the days of simple, plain, tasteless meals. This often means going the ethnic route and tweaking old bland and boring recipes. The world is expanding its palate far and wide, particularly in the US. We are ahead of the game, my sister and me. We have been embracing hot flavors and ingredients for some time. Our spice cabinet is packed with goodies like paprika, saffron, curry, cumin, chili flakes, and more. You will find us experimenting in the kitchen most non-work days. There is nothing more challenging than inventing interesting things to eat. We love to share with friends and family. Entertaining is our forte. The spice fad could come from foreign sources like Ethiopian or Indian food. It washed upon our shores a while back and has taken root in urban as well as suburban environments. It is no doubt the result of the constant need for titillation and change. We eat and sleep most of our lives so it is no surprise that revving up meals is the new order.

Speaking of innovation, we have to mention how creative we get in the kitchen with our tools. We have been known to use mugs for gravy boats and tampered with aluminum caps for measuring cups. It seems that we often misplace many or our regular cooking or baking items. We can make substitutions in a flash. If we have dirty oven mitts, we wear some new welding gloves from dad’s shed. My sister and I are alike as far as this crazy practice goes. She tells me that she got the idea from @RateMyWelder on Twitter. Having burned my hands more than once when taking something hot out of the oven, I appreciate the thickness of these gloves and the protection provided.

Maybe it comes from our parents’ frugal natures, but it has been passed down to us. I suppose we could make gardening gloves do double duty, but they are often full of dirt and smudges. My dad was a welder in the old days so he has several pairs, some still like new. He said he remembers the old days when his grandfather worked in a mill and they didn’t use hand coverings at that time. I guess there was no OSHA to make sure that employers implement t sufficient safety rules. His grandad would come home with metal splinters embedded in his fingers and grandma had to pull them out with tweezers. How primitive were those times! Since then, welding gloves are mandatory and they do their job well. The new welding generation has benefitted from quality materials and construction. So why not use them for cooking ourselves? We clean them often so they are ready for any quick kitchen project. We believe in advance preparation in our tools as well as for our recipes. You would say that we are an organized pair. How lucky I am to have a willing cooking mate any time I want.