Date: 15 April 2018. Scissors in the
Galley (baked bacon)
lived a few decades. Physically I'm not where I once was. Like many
who have passed the half century mark, compensating is a normal
state of affairs for me. One of the ways I do that is in the galley.
Instead of using sharp knives most of the time I employ my
scissors to cut foodstuffs. You might find this technique useful too, especially in
Daddy's Buck knife before I snapped the blade. Don't ask. It was
stupidity on my part. I am sad about it.
For the record I do still have the knife.
I believe Buck fixes blades however
I'm afraid they will replace the whole shebang.
Because this was Daddy's, I would rather have the one he held than a
perfectly fine new one.
Such is life. I am fortunate to have not dropped it overboard. I
still wish for a blade...
positive most fellows my age carried a knife in their pockets from
the time they were first allowed. I had my own knife too. Exploring,
playing pirates and Indians, well that was life along the riverfront
decades ago. When I was little using knives was a normal thing for
kids to do.
Then I grew
up. Suddenly the years had rolled by faster than I imagined possible. I looked up not fifteen minutes
after childhood and here I am: enjoying life aboard Seaweed. Parts I didn't even
know existed are failing and nothing works as it once did. I have
been forced to make accommodations.
One way I do
that is by substituting a pair of kitchen scissors for my knife:
Holding a pair of scissors is
easier for me than a knife. I cannot cut myself. For those with
arthritis issues, you might be surprised how little effort is
required to cut beef versus slicing with a knife. Especially when
the boat is rocking and rolling, scissors for me are a safer option.
When I was making a pork dinner, I cut up the meat
Aboard Seaweed I do a lot of preparation after buying
groceries. If things are easy I find I am far more likely to do
them. As for eating healthy foods, the preps do take time. Being
able to grab and eat makes the initial effort worthwhile.
I prefer fresh foods most of the time. Of late
however I've been under the weather. The canned meats and dinners I
had stored in my lockers were a real boon.
This morning I felt like meat. Fortunately I had a jar of pot roast
sitting in my locker. It did not require anything from me except
heating. Already pre-cooked, I could satisfy my hunger with minimal
I will say this
year's bout of being under the weather has taught me a few things:
Having a well supplied medicine
locker is a necessity. Cough suppressant is Saving the Day.
Not being able to locate my Puffs
tissues with aloe was not good. My nose is sore.
I am grateful for a fairly full
If you're curious as to my
medicine locker, details can be found in the
preparation using scissors for me is quick and easy.
Cutting bacon before baking is less messy with
For perfect bacon, preheat oven to
350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake for 10 minutes. Enjoy.
I have not yet tried canning bacon, though that is on the agenda
when I feel better again.
Kitchen scissors can also be used to cut raw broccoli
Florets are the puffy parts at the ends that taste good.
I do sometimes chop up the stems into small pieces.
Those are added to stews for fiber.
When did I start thinking about
fiber?!? I remember seeing ads for such things back when I had a
television (that would have been pre-1994) and thinking those were
strange advertisements. Suddenly fiber seems not so odd at all.
Staying healthy out here is
important. Eating well is a part of that equation.
Television Decision, circa 1993
For those unfamiliar with
my solution to television programming, here's what happened:
In 1993 I was raising
two children. (The divorce would become final in 1994.) My ten year
old daughter and 13 year old son were arguing over a
television program I did not want to watch. I told them to
My duo chose not to
So I calmly walked over
and unplugged the TV. Then I picked up our 13" color
television and carried it next door. Lo and behold, when
asked the neighbors were delighted to have another
Problem solved. There
were no more
arguments about television in my home.
For the record, I believe
getting that TV out of our lives was one of the Best things I
did for my children. We played games in the evening, fished in
the canal, talked, and read. Life was wonderful.
Today, I live with my
kindle books, an amazing tablet with access to YouTube and
Netflix, plus DVDs. Life is fabulous without reality TV "stars"
who seem famous only for their appearance, relationship
disasters, drug use and immorality. But then again, I am quite
happy in my wonderful world aboard Seaweed.
about knives has led me down Memory Lane. I loved playing pirates
and Indians when I was younger. I was the intrepid explorer,
discovering new lands and taking no prisoners. I'd poke my knife in
clams, eating them raw. It was a good life, and still is.
onto Memory Lane: Years
ago several friends and I stopped at a coffee shop one morning. The
joint was known for bagels. What I remember is that particular
morning only Bob and I had knives ready to spread the cream cheese.
Don't think I was a genius now! Bob had gifted me the West Marine
pocket knife I carried that day.
This is the infamous Bob
↓ aboard Maverick.
You met Bob in the
I have a small knife in my purse just in case I need to cut
something. I have used this one to stir iced coffee at McDonald's. A
girl's got to have her tools!
Though I carry my little knife I much prefer using a pair of
scissors when dining at home. I suppose it's like company manners.
When out with others, I order soup. That's easy, and inexpensive.
Recently I switched from using
black scissors to the white Betty Crocker brand ones sold at the
I chose white scissors because they are pretty.
Truly I am
blessed to have options. For me, especially when the weather is
kicking, a pair of scissors makes cutting food simple. I like it.
To you and yours, happy boating.
I'd love to hear if you know of adaptations that work
And, are you done with winter?!? It's rainy here in St. Pete and I've got
another dang leak. Argh!
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