I'm not a very good cook.
That's not exactly true. I can cook certain things well. I'm pretty good when it comes to using our barbecue. I've cured bacon and hams and smoked them, and i've made sausage and smoked that as well. When we go camping, i can make eggs, over easy, on an open fire. That requires a little bit of skill, doesn't it? Oh, I do this thing where i make small pancakes, an over easy egg, then a sausage patty with melted cheese on it and put it all together to make this sandwichy thing for breakfast when we're camping. It's pretty good.
It's a busy time of year for us here. Being tax season, my wife is pulling some pretty long hours in the accountants office these days. And my hours are all over the place with calving going on. But i like to help out, if i can work it in, to try and have something going for supper when my wife finally gets home. Nothing grand mind you, it doesn't really work so well this time of year. If it's going to be after supper when she gets home, i try to get at least our youngest kid fed. The others are old enough to look out for themselves. Thing is, you have to prepare something that can sit in the pot for a bit, because if it's possible, we like to wait to eat together.
The other day, she asked me, if i had time, could i put together some hamburger helper. I know it's not a really good dish, but like i said, it can be reheated without changing it's complex flavouring. So, because i had the time, i made the hamburger helper. I didn't think it was so bad. I followed the directions on the box. It's pretty idiot proof. Brown the burger, throw everything else in, cook it a bit, done. We all had some.
Yesterday morning, there was more burger on the cupboard. I asked what it was for this time. Taco salad. I asked, how she wanted me to prepare that if i had time. She wanted me to leave it for her. I said that really, it wasn't a problem, if i had time, i'd like to help her out. She wanted me to leave it.
Turns out, i guess i screwed up the hamburger helper the other day. The only step in the whole process that actually requires an inkling of cooking talent, i failed at. Brown the hamburger, simple enough. Seems i only greyed the hamburger. It would appear, i need a hamburger helper, helper.
My wife is a really gifted cook. She can take an arm load of groceries and put a dish together that tastes wonderful. I wish i had that talent. I can take a group of words and string them together into a coherent thought and occasionally be humorous. I can take a pile of scrap metal and turn it into something useful and functional, I can take something apart and reassemble it, better than it was, with pieces left over. You would think that after hours on the couch watching The Food Network with my wife i would have picked up some knowledge, apparently not.
...........of course, i could just stick to making salads, but that's not very good for business.