Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Offering Some Perspective (And A New Cooking Show Idea?) For 2019

The Long-Suffering Zydrunas
One of the last conversations I had in 2018, via telephone with my eldest, Jared.

Jared: Ma. Got any ideas for a killer sauce or something for salmon? Decided to stay in tonight for New Year's Eve, so she's bringing stuff over and we're making salmon for dinner.

Nance: Ugh. You know I detest all fish, and salmon tops the list. But I have a teriyaki glaze recipe for it from back when I thought you all liked it.

Jared: I've always liked it. You know that. I can do an Asian thing. I don't need a recipe.

Nance: You could do a traditional lemon-dill-butter thing.

Jared: Yeah, that sounds good, too. The pressure's on. I've never cooked for her before.

Nance: Well, then the two of you could just cook together. That way, there's no pressure, and it's more of a fun situation.

Jared: Here's the second problem: I usually cook with my shirt off. You know, I put on some music, take off my shirt, and dance around, throwing shit together. Then, when I sit down to dinner, I complain to the dog when I find a hair in my food.

Nance: Oh, Jared.

Jared: I hold up the forkful or the hair or whatever, and I look him straight in the eye. I say, "Zydrunas, this is unacceptable. I've found a hair in my food. I expect better quality from this establishment."

Nance: What does he say?

Jared: The usual. He huffs and rolls his eyes. He's so tired of all my bullshit.


Happy New Year, everyone.  We might all be Tired Of The Bullshit, but let's have some Laughs!

19 comments:

  1. Well, the girl probably likes shirtless cooks if she's a normal, red blooded woman. It saves on laundry. Just kidding. I like this new generation of guy who are comfortable in kitchen.

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    1. Jean--I'm with you about Men In The Kitchen. Both my sons cook, and Jared is very creative with flavours. Sam likes to try out new recipes. And Rick has been my sous chef for ages.

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  2. Zydrunas says, "well, you have no one to blame but yourself. Put on a SHIRT!" LOL

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    1. Dee--I'm sure Zydrunas says a great many dismissive things since Jared, like me, keeps up a running commentary with his Resident Pet. His commentaries on Jared's poetry are also quite judgy.

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  3. You know how much I love these conversations between you and your family members, Nance. They are always a gift---thanks you. This one did not disappoint. Oh, and when canvassing back in the fall, we saw a gentleman cooking in his skivvies. He indicated that he would get back to us in a minute and he did. :-)

    Shirley

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    1. Shirley--What a lovely thing to say! I love them, too, and I'm glad you enjoy them as well.
      What a great story to share about your Cook-in-Briefs! Little moments like those are golden, and if you have a space like this, great blog material.

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  4. Oh, my Alfredo Domingo. It's a good thing we love him!

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    1. Unknown--I have a Sneaking Suspicion that I do, in fact, know who you are! ¡Es tan bueno saber de ti!
      Yes, we do love him, quirks and all. Actually, his quirkiness is what I love best about him.

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  5. I was going to say the same as Jean - the guest would probably like the shirtless cooking (or be amused by it, anyway). I would have gone with the teriyaki glaze :)

    2018 has been a rollercoaster of a year in all kinds of ways, and sadly I think that 2019 will be the same. I'll take the laughs where I can get them!

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    1. Bug--I love teriyaki anything...except salmon. I just detest fish.

      You're so right about 2018 being a Rollercoaster Year. And rather than have any hopes for 2019 in general, I'm going to instead focus on creating an Oasis Of Calm for myself. I'll still remain active in the Resistance and stay informed, but I have to disengage as much as possible from The Stuff That Threatens My Zen.

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  6. My son is an excellent cook. He does not go shirtless, but he does dance around the kitchen the entire time. I stop telling myself that he could better use the time cleaning up as he goes. Having a dog is a wonderful way to excuse all manner of unacceptable behavior.

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    1. NCmountainwoman--Viva the Men Who Cook, especially if they clean up after themselves as well, whether they do it as they go or when it's all over.

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  7. Boy 2019 is starting out much better! Thankful for that. If there's a hair found in your meal, we have a family rule: you say nothing or you have to kiss the person next to you

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    1. kathy b--Glad your 2019 is off to a great start! I think Jared would have no problem with kissing Zydrunas or his dinner guest.

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  8. I love this, young men are the best, they just say it like it is. Hope the dinner turned out well.

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    1. Meredith--We are a very Honest Family. ;-) The meal was met with no complaints, from what I heard.

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  9. So awesome. Sorry for Z, who has to put up with bullshit. Tell your son not to cook without a shirt if he is going to fry things.

    I like to buy pesto and put it on the salmon, then roast it in the oven. SO easy, very tasty.

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    1. J@jj--As you can see, I don't tell Jared anything after a Certain Point. LOL.

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  10. Dogs make really good conversational partners and your son’s sound quite astute! Cooking without a shirt can be a bit risky but some youth love adventure and exposing their skin. Highly admire male cooks in the home and happy my son enjoys cooking, too, which I know his wife appreciates.

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