Friday, July 24, 2020

Learning to cook all over again.

Goody, cooler weather for a few days. Actually only 79 this morning when I got up. Nice to be able to have the doors open for a while. 
Bill's air fryer, a Chefman large RJ38-6-RDO, came late Wednesday evening. I figured he wanted it so he could cook in it. It has two mesh racks, a rotisserie spit and a mesh rotisserie basket. Also drip tray. Don't know what goes in the basket. 
Well turns out I cooked the first meal in it . We had seasoned potato wedges and glazed salmon filets. (should that have two l's) No cookbook with the fryer but went on line and found a couple of recipes. One for salmon and he found one for wedges and presented it to me.  We had some russet potatoes that needed to be used so...cut them up and seasoned them. Made a glaze for the salmon. Recipes said cook at 400  - 25 minutes for potatoes and 20 minutes for salmon. I let it preheat for a short time, don't know if I had to or not. Next time would only do potatoes for 20 minutes, almost too crispy. Salmon was perfect. along with asparagus [microwave] we had a very good meal. Should have taken a picture but didn't. Easy clean up. 
I was surprised how much the heat the machine put out though. Cannot keep it under the cupboards when it is cooking. Bill says he ordered two cookbooks that should come today or tomorrow. So guess I'll learn how to use it. I'm even ordering a pineapple for him to try the dehydration setting. 
The kitchen people showed up this morning. We knew they were coming so took everything off the counters and some of our stuff out of the cupboards. They said to leave the rest. Surprising how much crap sitting around the counter tops. 
The cupboards as they look now.  
 Starting to take the doors off. Both are wearing masks. As are we. 
 I always wonder why people like glass doors on their kitchen cabinets. There is nothing pretty about the inside of my cabinets. See the empty one above the microwave - it had a Cuisinart food processor in it!!! Guess I really should put it where I might use it. 
 At least our pantry is full in case things start getting hard to purchase again. Really need to start using some of the stuff. Hum...but that means I have to COOK - four letter word, just like IRON.
So the workers left to get the paint I guess, first they weren't going to paint until tomorrow. But plan changed it seems. 
Work on the ladies is at a standstill. I am going to put grosgrain ribbon around the edges, but did not get the width I wanted. So waiting for next delivery from Walmart. But it will look something like this. 
Watched NASCAR race last night. #18 managed to lead several laps, hopefully they gave finally figured out his car. He had a chance to win until he hit the wall. But came back to finish 11th. 
Later - OMG the painters are here. What a smell and it is too hot out to open doors and windows. Hopefully the AC will remove some of it. But this means we won't have workers here for the weekend and the cabinet doors will arrive Monday.
A classic case of "Our lack of preparation isn't their problem." Went into dining room and found all our beautiful serving pieces of our Mexican dinner ware on the floor. It usually sits on top of the cabinets. Didn't think they would need it moved. 
Oh boy, and they were just getting started. 
OH NO!!! the microwave is on the floor. How are we going to reheat our coffee or lunch/dinner??
They are completely sealing the cupboards off in preparation for sanding...
Went out to get a drink of water from fridge - guess not. 
Holy mackerel! We were hungry...too bad...
Not even a table to eat on. 
Bill got one of the guys to move his truck so we could get the car out of the garage and go get something for lunch. 
So hiding out in computer room, eating chicken and drinking warm water. But in the end it should be beautiful. Hopefully it won't be like this all weekend.


Unknown said...

Hi, I belong to a fb group called Air Fryer Healthy recipes. I really like it. Enjoy following your blog. Hopefully, your house gets Back in place soon😄

Barb said...

I totally agree with you on glass doors on kitchen cupboards! Who wants to see all that stuff?

Kathy Tycho said...

Well..I have a few glass doors but they are the old style ripple glass so you just sort of see in. You watch Nascar and I watch BlueJays won their first game..!!! Keep us posted on the air fryer recipes. What a house mess, hope they hurry up. Lastly I'd like a high temp of 79 far a wet cloudy cold summer.

Carol and Bill said...

Thank you for the information on the Facebook Air Fryer Group - checked into it last night. Looks like a great resource.
Barb. Bill picked out the new cupboard doors, I have no idea what they will look like until they show up here.
Kathy - We also watch soccer and are looking forward to ice hockey. Be weird without fans in attendance.