Thursday, February 5, 2009

Vermont Curry and the death of a couple kitchen gadgets

Friends, it's been a sad time for us. Not one, but two of our kitchen gadgets have bit the dust. One might not be completely dead...I have hope!

Has anyone frozen their coffee maker before? We had set it up at the new house for our plumber, with water in it and everything all set to just press "ON." With the last couple days of 16 degree weather--everything froze. But I didn't quite realize that, and started up a pot for Tavo and I. (We were also trying to figure out how to remove the upper cabinets--that's a mystery!) Then we heard it....trickle, trickle, SPLASH..."What IS that?" I asked Tavo--then, dismayed, watched as 10 coffee cups of water poured all over the counter and floor, from the BOTTOM of the coffee maker!

So--will it thaw and be okay?

Other than that--I went to the Japanese store by my work yesterday to pick up some essentials and I usually grab one or two random things, too.
These would be my randoms--sliced pork loin (I usually never by ANYTHING already sliced. I'm always afraid they're giving me the "bad" olives, jalapenos, meat, etc.) and Vermont Curry mix. I also don't buy many premade sauces, but I was intrigued by the spicy apple and honey flavor. And the fact that "Vermont Curry" was made in Tokyo.
So, following directions I start to brown onion and pork in my electric fry pan. Hmm...the light on my pan turned off. Maybe I'll just bend the cord a bit to ensure there is a connection....
POW! ZAP! SPARKS FLYING!! BURNT ELECTRIC SMELL!! LINI YELPING IN TERROR!!

R.I.P. oh great Electric Fry Pan. This was my Mom's--I think she got it right around when my parents married, so we'll say 1975-2009. Many a great chili and pork chop have been made in this pan.
So, I threw everything into a safer receptacle and continued on with the Vermont Curry.
Hmm...looks like the world's largest bouillon cube. Probably not the healthiest.
But Tavo declared it to be delicious. I tasted some of the sauce, and it WAS pretty good--not too salty at all. Tavo wasn't a fan of the pork, though. So, I guess I'll stick to basic Kroger/Food Depot/don't tell Tavo but I'm at ALDI type stores for meat, but maybe will venture into the other line of curries from the Japanese store. (There's a whole row of them!)

8 comments:

Fightin' Mad Mary said...

oh goodness, it looks like the pan damaged your countertop.

buffalodick said...

As we never used our wedding present electric fry pan much, I took it apart to make a temp controlled electric smoker.. short story was- "Don't do this!" Apparently voids the warranty, your home owners insurance, and encourages neighbors to form torch carrying mobs...

doggybloggy said...

electric fry pans huh...my mom used one to make fried chicken.....I think I want one now... vermont curry and tokyo chitlins whats this world coming too?

tommie said...

do you now have to repair your counter top?

I can't do pork...I don't know if I have ever explained that...but I am sure I can do this with something else! (not like rural KY has any hoppin' Japanese stores though, who am I kidding) I live in the freakin' back country!

Maggie said...

You might just need a new cord for the skillet.

BTW, Detroit had sunny and in the 40s too this weekend. It was awesome! I'm just sure a big load of snow is coming now.

we are never full said...

whoa...vermont curry. "VERMONT" curry. why is this ridiculously funny to me? i'm not even high...

lisaiscooking said...

I'm fascinated by the Vermont Curry. Great find! At the least the electric fry pan lived a good life.

Chef E said...

I have to watch myself around my mother in law, cause if you say "Oh that's cool" she thinks she has to give you one as a gift...so I have an electric skillet/griddle/grill pan I can ship you, lol, no room on my counters in my condo...

I also do not do pork anymore, but I am fascinated by the Vermont Curry, and agree it is a funny name...