If you’ve read some of my posts you might know that my kitchen is often a scene from a sitcom – my daughter and I can be a messy ‘Lucy’ in the kitchen episode. It’s always fun and never dangerous though it is messy with mishaps some of you might have encountered.
There is always a rogue utensil on the counter right between a bowl of flour and a measuring cup of liquid. If you are lucky the liquid will be just water but whenever I have a spill it’s usually the milk, oil and occasionally eggs in that measuring cup.
I don’t know how that utensil comes alive but before you know it the utensil is falling and while I’m trying to catch it my elbow knocks over the measuring cup. I know you can feel the pain of the annoyance to clean up that mess just when you want to finish the recipe and be done.
Ahhhh, it’s just another day in the kitchen, things happen, and that cloud of flour is just an angel happy that you are baking something. Cleaning up takes a bit longer but the good deed is enjoyed after all is said and done.
Now for the ‘alert’ portion of this post. I was so excited to make zucchini chips with a gorgeous fresh grown zucchini from my daughter’s garden. I couldn’t wait to slice it and get them in the oven. I was hoping the boys would enjoy them as a side with their grilled burgers and chicken.
I was very focused on what I was doing and there was still a 2 or 3 inch piece of zucchini left when this happened. I don’t know how I didn’t see my thumb getting closer to the blade but it did and…, well, I ended up in the ER.
I never did get to make the zucchini chips. I was blessed that my very thoughtful sister-in-law cleaned up my kitchen but she threw out the zucchini. I had them folded in paper towels to absorb some of the moisture before baking. She thought it was trash! Well at least I still had all my fingers, that’s a good thing.
RED ALERT! to mandolin users, please be careful. Many cooks have been injured with this kitchen tool. I know we all use sharp knives and we do cut ourselves occasionally but we should be cautious and alert. Let’s not let our kitchen take us down. Be Careful and Be Aware! and if you use a mandolin be sure to get one that has a large grip to protect your fingers.
Stay Safe in the Kitchen!