This incident keeps coming up between me and my husband lately, and I feel led to to confess. So, here it comes. A top secret, most embarassing newlywed confession. Prepare to be shocked. Prepare to point and laugh. Prepare to even gag, possibly.
You have been warned.
In the first 6 months we were married, back in 2004, I decided one night that I - a woman whose culinary skills never exceeded a peanut butter and jelly sandwich - was going to make my hard working hubby homemade soup.
That's right, I was Super Wifey. How hard could it be?
I bought vegetables. I bought hamburger meat. I found our wedding gift crock pot. I put on my proverbial apron and thought, oh yes. This will be great. Julia Childs' family will be begging for the recipe. Betty Crocker ain't go nothing on me. Those reality TV chefs don't know what they're talkin' about. I AM COOK. HEAR ME STIR!
I poured water in the crockpot. I dumped in (canned) veggies. And I added hamburger meat and some salt and pepper. Then set the timer for 8 hours so it'd be ready after work.
Yes, I confess. That's all I did, and I expected excellent results. The best homemade soup EVER.
Disappointment is a part of marriage, is it not??!!
Needless to say, I came home from work to boiling veggie water with floating chunks of gray meat. NO, I didn't add a soup base like Campbells Cream of Chicken. NO, I didn't brown the hamburger meat first so it'd be nice and brown. I figured it'd cook in the crockpot. And it did. In floating gray masses.
I just looked at it and then stirred it, like that was going to help. Hubby poured a bowl (bless his heart) and took a bite of the gray meat veggie water. And promptly asked for the Tony's Spice seasoning. I was mad at myself for failing, mad at hubby for even trying to eat it, mad at my mom not teaching me how to cook (she tried, its not her fault) and mad at the rest of the world just in general. Hubby choked down lumps of the soup, after adding so much Tony's seasoning that the gray meat veggie water basically became gray meat veggie SALT water.
He didn't ask for seconds.
So, my friends, family and faithful readers, that is my newlywed confession. I served my husband salt water and gray meat for dinner. We've been cracking up over that lately as I've been branching out in my cooking and actually being succesful at new recipes.
Please, please PLEASE tell me you've done the same???? =)
And somewhere, Julia Childs rolls in her grave.