Small Talk

Half-baked when half-baked

December 2nd, 2015

I know full well the dangers of doing anything while extremely tired. I live this at least five days a week with my 3 a.m. wake up call.

Still, I persist. Life marches on and stuff needs to get done. I tried to bake a quiche at 5:30 p.m. when I should be getting ready for bed. Bad idea.

Firstly, I'm a pretty decent home cook, but I do like to improvise a lot. The recipe called for chicken, and I used ham because it was on sale. It called for bell peppers and I used frozen peas because I needed to use that up.

My husband always watches me with amused interest because I think of the recipe as a suggestion. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't.

If you combine this with the forgetfulness and lack of focus that comes with fatigue, it can be a scary combination. I had piled the ingredients into the pie shell and it still didn't fill up to the top. I pulled out some extra spinach leaves and chucked that in to add content, though the recipe didn't ask for it.

And yes, it was tasty!!!

And yes, it was tasty!!!

"What else should I put in? Didn't it overflow the last time I made this?" I queried. He couldn't recall.

Then he spied the roux and sautéed onions in the pan. "Are you adding that?" he asked.

"OH! That! YES! I forgot!" I exclaimed as I threw my hands up in the air. "Thank you!" You know, it's only sitting right in front of my face.

I mix it in and open the oven door. "Can you read me the recipe and tell me if I missed anything? What else goes in there?" I requested.

Pause. "I really don't think it matters at this point," he stated.

HEY. When this quiche comes out amazing, he'll be sorry for that comment!

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