Anime cooking

I went in for my annual eye exam this afternoon. Nothing spectacular there – I’m blind, contacts fix it. But, as always, they dilated my eyes. Six hours later I still look like an anime character with the huge pupils and just a sliver of yellow iris around them.

My normal routine for such a day is to make myself cozy on the couch and try to convince someone to give me Purr Therapy. Therapy, I should point out, does not HAVE to be applied directly to the impacted area. So Oliver, Obi and I caught up on all the television waiting for me on OnDemand. Because my doctor saw me quickly, my eyes were not fully dilated until I arrived home so my TV became more blurry as the show went on. But then it got less fuzzy. The computer screen right now? Very fuzzy.

Also welcoming me home after my appointment, besides the kittehs, was the smell of pork cooking in the crock pot. Cranberry pork. Mmmmmm. So while I was laying on the couch, I was also contemplating the sweet potato on the counter and how well it would go with the cranberry pork. Cranberry pork. Mmmmmm. So, after confirming the fabulousness of this flavor combination with The Boy, I ventured into the kitchen to prepare it.

Obi was NOT happy. He cried. He paced. He reached for the steak knife I’d picked out of the drawer for slicing the sweet potato. He evidently thinks that The Girl should be able to see in order to cook. Other than picking a way wrong knife, though, I did okay with the slicing. Obi watched most of the process from The Boy’s arms, where at least they would be ready to give first aid.

"Please, Girl, put down the knife!"

Then…we cooked. I heated up my sweet potato chips in some butter, olive oil and cinnamon to complement the flavors of the cranberry pork. Mmmmmm, cranberry pork. The cinnamon turned the chips brown almost immediately. Then, seconds later, they were black with the burning. And, just as Obi suspected it would, the smoke detector went off.

I maintain our smoke detector is a) very sensitive and b) in a spot that attracts smoke.

The chips were, by the way, perfect. And perfect with the cranberry pork.

Cranberry pork. Mmmmm.

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12 responses to “Anime cooking

  1. Cranberry pork? Can you elaborate? That sounds like it might be really good, and I own a crockpot…

    • Good AND easy. My two favorite things.

      Mix up 1/2 cup of cranberry juice, a can of cranberry sauce, 1/2 cup of sugar, a teaspoon of cloves and a teaspoon of mustard. Pour it over pork in your crockpot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

      The recipe calls for thickening the juice/fat into a gravy, but we don’t do that. We just spoon some non-gravy over our pork.

      I usually use loin or chops and it falls apart in glorious tenderness. Yesterday we used a should and it held together better.

  2. I think smoke detectors are designed to suck in all the smoke in a given area… It’s not that there’s a LOT of smoke coming from the oven, it’s just very CONCENTRATED.

  3. Oh hai, let’s TALK about your sweet potato chips; that’s BRILLIANT! How do you make them? That amazing stunner of a husband o’mine has a thing for sweet potatoes & this might make his LIFE.

    • You can bake them, but that would have taken too long last night. http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1938,144171-241196,00.html

      I might do this with the other half of our sweet potato.

      I just sliced the potato into thin chips, and cooked them in a frying pan with butter, olive oil and some cinnamon. Make sure the oil is HOT before you put them in. And I learned last night that you should have just one layer of potato in the pan – I had too many. With the amount I had, I should have used my wok. But I should always use my wok because it’s what I’m most comfortable with!

  4. I’ve never had my eyes dilated at my exam. When do they start doing that?

    I hate the eye puffer during my exam. Hate. It.

    • If you wear your contacts for a solid year, back in the 1990’s when you weren’t supposed to even sleep in your contacts, and then get a series of eye infections that could have blinded you…you get your eyes dilated. Every time.

      I’ve also had floaties for forever. They have to watch the floaties – why should I get to have all the fun?

      But things are different at every office. We don’t have a puffer thing any more – we have a blue light…that might be blowing air but they put in these numbing drops so all I know for sure is there’s a blue light. And that I have low pressure, which is excellent.

  5. Mmmmmm, cranberry pork.

    OK, you’ve got me saying it now, and I’m a vegetarian. Well played.

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