I burnt a pot of rice last night. Yup. I burned rice.
Now, you may think I’m revealing this to demonstrate my lack of culinary skills but it wouldn’t be true. I’m a good cook. In fact, at moments, I can be inspired in the culinary arts. It’s just, when doing the mundane, I sometimes forget to pay attention and in my lack of focus, accidents happen. Like burned rice.
It’s not that I burned the pot dry. It was dry to begin with. I hadn’t yet put the water into the pot. Just the rice. And then, I turned on the heat and remembered something I needed to do in my office. Left the kitchen. Got distracted by the piano, which still sits in the hallway since I rearranged the living room a few weeks ago. Slid sideways to get through the gap between the piano and the wall, which lead to the inevitable rumblings in my mind about my poor planning on moving it out of the living room in the first place (though the living room looks so much nicer without it!) which lead me to think about the email I need to send to check-up on the woman who is receiving the piano once she gets finished cleaning up and restoring her flooded home.
Right. Two things to do in my office. Call my bank to order new cheques (something I’ve been meaning to do for weeks now) and mail the friend of the piano woman. Oh, and I should send that application off to the University where I want to take a course. Oh right, gotta write the letter to go with it first. I really should make a list. Where’s my iPad. I’m trying to teach myself to keep track of my To Do’s on my iPad. Oh right. I left it at the office downtown. Pen? Paper? Is there not a single pen in this house that writes?
Forget it. I’ll just check my email. Oh look. A cute video about a cat thinking it’s a dog. It’s only a couple of minutes long. I must watch it now. If I don’t, I’ll forget and I could use a good laugh right now. And there’s always time for laughter. Laughing, I watch the video and think about sending it off to family and friends when I see my daughter’s car pull into the driveway. Oh good, she’s home just in time for dinner.
Smoke is billowing down the hallway, into the dining room, living room… everywhere.
Note to self. Check the batteries in the smoke detector. The fact it didn’t go off during that conflagration is an indication of its non-working state.
Do you have any idea how acrid and clingy burnt rice smoke is? Or how it sticks to the bottom of the pan, adhering to the metal surface like a barnacle to a whale. Ain’t no removing it. Which means, I not only burnt the rice last night, I lost the use of one of my favourite pots.
Which also means, we didn’t have rice with the delicious shrimp sauce I made with tomatoes, onion and Pernod and leftover Squash soup I’d made for C.C. the day before in an effort to appease him for having given him my cold while we were on holidays. Instead, we ate pasta. It was already cooked. See, I’d made the pasta when I made the shrimp dish and then decided rice would be so much better with my sauce. More delicate. More able to soak up the flavours. So, I’d put the pasta I’d already cooked aside and set the pot of rice on the stove, only to end up eating the pasta I’d begun with. It tasted okay, but you know, rice would have been so much better!
Note to self. Plan ahead. Stay focused and don’t let dogs who want to be cats fool you. A cat is a cat. A dog is a dog and never the twain shall meet.
I never did get my cheques ordered nor did I send off that application. I really should make a list. Now, where did I put my pen? Are there no blank pieces of paper in this house? Oh wait. I’m trying to teach myself to use my iPad for list-making. No. Wait. I’ll have to do it later. I forgot my iPad at my office downtown.
Oh well. It wasn’t all a disaster. My daughter loved the shrimp sauce with pasta and I did get to enjoy a few moments with her before going off to a community association meeting with a co-worker. When I walked into my co-workers house where I was picking her up, she asked, “What’s that smell?”
“I burned my To Do List,” I replied.
Yup. Burned it right onto my retina’s so that I at least don’t forget to order new cheques and get that application off. Deadline’s coming up and I don’t want to forget about the course I want to take.
Maybe I should write myself a reminder on my iPad?
Now where did I put that silly thing?
Oh well, in lieu of finding my iPad, here’s the video I watched!