Saturday, December 05, 2009

Food Esthetics

We cook salmon once in a while. It's not in heavy rotation, but now and then we get the urge.
We have a bunch of ways to cook salmon. But for some reason, whenever I marinate a salmon fillet (in miso, or in this case, peanut butter), Cranky manages to deliver blackened fish. Bleh.
I don't complain; if I'm not personally manning the stove I've got no right to carp. I just thought he was being careless. It is way too easy to burn a marinade.
But this time I asked him. "Why the black spots?"
Him: "I thought it looked cool!"
He did it on purpose.
(Don't worry; we have a pre-nup.)

19 comments:

dancingmorganmouse said...

Ha!

cookiecrumb said...

Mouse: You know what else is in the pre-nup? Back hair! He's on thin ice, baby.

Kailyn said...

Back in the 80s Rita Rudner said that men only liked to cook if there is some element of danger -- like an open flame. I was going to say that perhaps blackening is a way to pretend there was some danger to the task but the more I think about it, there was danger in this cooking method.

dancingmorganmouse said...

Arrr, let him keep it, it's warmfur for the winter ;)

Zoomie said...

You and Tiger.

Kevin said...

So you can shoot him, right? Nothing fatal, perhaps even just a flesh wound in his buttock.

cookiecrumb said...

Kailyn: Well, you know how gentle Cranky can be with an egg, so that's probably not it. He just really liked the speckled look!

Mouse: I ain't waxing his back, so he's keeping it.

Zoomie: !!!!!! Funny.

Kevin: Why, yes, I can. I can shoot him, can't I? Hmm?

Denise said...

Come on...he was just trying to be cool for you. Sweet. :)

bewitchingkitchen said...

I don't want to make you mad, but I don't mind that blackening effect at all... :-)

now, my beloved has ruined three non-stick pans already, and is working hard on number 4. (sigh)

still, he's got plenty of qualities to compensate for it. I can only hope I fall in the same category for him :-)

Greg said...

Looks like blackened salmon to me :)

namastenancy said...

Maybe seeing you go postal (or the equivalent of) gives him a certain frisson?

cookiecrumb said...

Denise: Oh, you don't know. If it wasn't for Cranky, a lot of tummies would go unfilled. He is god.

Bewitch: Sadly, nonstick pans are too easy to ruin. Scary, innit?
But truly, the black spots are charming, especially once you know that's what he was aiming for.
At least I give a good back rub.

Greg: Exactly. And that's what he wanted. No harm, no foul. Still... Pre-nup!!!

Nancy: You are highly overimagining our sex life.

Kailyn said...

Oh. Good point about the egg but I was thinking the element of danger was waiting for your reaction. Now if he does this again, he is definitely living on the edge. ;-)

EB of SpiceDish said...

Did you see the video of the little girl's 'climate change nightmare' that opened the Copenhagen conference??? It's as if James Cameron and L. Ron Hubbard had a scare-tactic, preaching to the choir, film-baby.

cookiecrumb said...

EB: I didn't see the video, but I bet I can find it online. Thanks for the hint.

Alice Q. Foodie said...

This all sounds VERY familiar. Except I'm not as good as you are about keeping my mouth shut.

chilebrown said...

You know what I want for Christmas? It is definately not recipes and experiences from the "Neeleys". I am watching them right now. Theye say, "Baby if you do not have the stuffin you have nuffin". This statement would never be said by the Crankmeister.

Oh, when is Cranky going to right a cookbook?

cookiecrumb said...

Alice: I used to cringe (disguising my body language) when he went in the kitchen. Now, he is the numbah one cook in this house.

cookiecrumb said...

Chilebrown: Dude won't even update his blog. I think he's done writing. Sad.