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Boiling water?!?

I am sitting and steaming a tad bit right this minute. Did a nice prep of green onions, garlic and ginger, to season the pan of chicken for the Thai noodles tonight. I cracked the eggs ( will NEVER forget them again) and got the pot of water going to drop the noodles.

Mike's share of supper was to slice the chicken for stir frying, and that was about it. I had the pan all ready when he got done, and it smells GOOOOOOOD! Unfortunately, I have been informed now that I do not know how to boil water...

The pot I picked was " way too large" for the available burner on the stove. I was working on half the stovetop, because the bread machine is still sitting and cooling on the other side, from the lovely loaf of bread I baked for my critic little while ago.

I wonder how I kept everyone from starving for so long, without all this expert assistance? And, no, he is still not a control freak....
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Re: Boiling water?!?

If it wasn't in the middle of summer I would have asked him to get the woodstove going so he could cook it the way he wanted. Actually your OCD may have rubbed off of you to him despite your denial. Really cooking isn't as particular as baking is so who really cares how big the pot of water was? As long as it boils, it boils, right?

 

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Exactly...the problem was, it wasn't boiling fast enough to suit him.

We are finally having temps in the nineties, so the woodstove would not improve anyone's mood. We finished eating about 15 minutes ago, so I thanked him for cooking supper. He did give me partial credit.

I know that if I was secure in my cooking abilities, I wouldn't feel so touchy. Then again, he could just be quiet and stir, right?

After we ate, I tuck a pan of sweet potatoes in to roast. Winn loves them, but they need time to cook and cool, before he comes tomorrow.

Let's not get into his involvement in timing them. I think he got the message....
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Re: Boiling water?!?

That's what I was going to comment on.  A man cook, wants things to happen right away.   If you are going to boil a 'big' pot of water, you need a stovetop that heats up to the temperature of molten lava, so things get done sooner (in our minds). 

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Re: Boiling water?!?

I get the while man fire fast dynamic. Figure that is why men will at least fgrill.

I like to get things done expeditiously, too. That was why I had everything ready for him to drop his chicken strips in, and the water - which was simpy four quarts in a 6- qt. saucepan, taken from the hot tap to speed it along - was started in what I thought was plenty of time. he pan was not too large for the burner...I know my equipment. I just should've stared it even sooner than I di, that's all.

When I have done a considerable prep for a supper, I do not expect criticism of how I have done it. If this was an isolated occurrence, I would probably have let it slide.

We have since discussed the issue of having manners...I was taught to say soemthing nice, if you feel you have to say anything at all.
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I do understand your point.

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