Crock Pot Ennui

“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of many things: Of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings and why the sea is boiling hot and whether pigs have wings.” –Lewis Carol

Obviously the Walrus was having the same sort of quandaries as I am with the whole crock potting experience. Here he is on his second, third, eighth day of crock potting and he is trying to decide what to make next. Should it be something vegetarian? Some exotic game meat? Or maybe in celebration of Mardi Gras he might try a nice hot fish gumbo or should he just stick to plain old pork roast? Of course after the umpteenth day of slow cooked stuff in a pot it just begins to blend together. Whatever, he might as well cook up some wax or shoe leather because it will probably taste exactly the same with a can of tomatoes thrown in and simmered overnight. Might be cheaper too.

I was looking up some recipes and nothing really jumped out and said “YES! This is the crock pot cooking for you today!” Lamb? Nah. Chicken? Had that the past 5 days so no. Fish? Maybe, but you have to add the fish at a later point in the cooking blah blah not doing it cakes. What’s the point of crock potting if you have to have stages of food making? I want a recipe that you put the stuff in, set the pot to go and wake up the next morning with it all ready to eat at any point in time throughout the day. None of this “put the shrimp aside and add a half hour before eating” stuff. Rice too has this limitation and I don’t want to deal with it. Crock Pot = Simple in my book.

Unfortunately, Simple=same thing over and over it seems. Pity too, because the rent-in-laws and TheMan are all home working on the Mighty Bathroom Project and crock potting is ideal lunch munchies for them all. It’s a little snazzier than sandwiches, cheaper and faster than take out and there is no prep involved what so ever. Just scoop and eat. Plus, it’s warm and toasty good staple food. Mmmm. Now, what do I throw in the pot tonight that isn’t going to look like the last couple of things I threw in the pot over the weekend? Hmmm!

The Bathroom project goes well! I just called TheMan and he is all sorts of skippy excited about the razor blades in the wall. Yeah, I had to back up too about that. I guess (I did not see) the medicine cabinet had a little slot labeled “razor blades” which just went…down. He took the cabinet off and there was this blank mysterious hole where the razor blades were destined to fall when they were dropped through the cabinet receptacle. He suspected that there might be some blades lurking in the blade bone yard if the former inhabitants actually used the receptacle as intended but wasn’t sure. After tearing out the wall he discovered that yes in deedy do, there were rusty old blades lurking between the studs inside the wall. I find it a little creepy but he is all excited that his theory was proven true and he is going to snap a pic of the pile of blades. I think he needs to take a break personally.

Then again, I am currently all sorts of geeked about typing this entry in Word complete with HTML tags and having it all transfer perfectly to the web. It’s stupid, but it makes me feel like a pseudo geek to “code” by hand in one program and have it stick after transferring it. Whooo! OK, yeah, one person’s razor blades is another person’s simplistic coded HTML. Heh.

One Response to “Crock Pot Ennui”

  1. TheMan Says:

    That’s one of the better comparisons I’ve run into for a while… Writing HTML in Word is an awful lot like having a bunch of rusty old razor blades.