Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The art of improvisionation

I've always prided myself on being able to find a creative solution to every problem.

When living in an RV it is crucial that each item you carry with you can do double duty.  There's just not a lot of storage for specialty gadgets.  Okay, except for the really tiny ones that I have to have like my strawberry huller.

I've learned to use pop bottles in place of a rolling pin, although I did finally purchase one because it fit in the baking drawer.  It could double as a weapon I suppose.

But I need to thank the Divine Miss M for this one.

Left Brain was outside getting the grill ready for our supper and the charcoal was a bit damp or old of what ever, it wouldn't spart.  He came in asking if I had anything flammable.

After thinking of our options I recalled that my friend used brandy to torch various dishes and suggested he try that.  I torch some of my creations also, but not on purpose like she does.  Of course then she does have a little blow torch in the kitchen for some of this.  I swear, that girl scares me sometimes.

Anyway, I digress.  He did voluntarily give up some of his brandy for the cause...the fire lit and the grilled pork tenderloin was fabulous.

We both had been craving acorn squash but couldn't find any.  But I found something labeled down here as kabocha squash.  Hmmmm.  Looked like an acorn squash to me, and after adding my butter and brown sugar it sure tasted the same.

Another food we couldn't find down here was rhutabaga.  We like to slice it and eat it raw with some salt.  But then Sister Mary took me shopping to a fabulous vegetable place and I found something called jicama.  It's very popular in Mexico looks totally disgusting - kind of brown and wrinkled and nasty looking. 

I peeled, sliced and served with salt for our snacks the other night.  It taste like a cross between a potato, kohlrabi and rhutabaga so it's a keeper.

There are so many new foods that I've been exposed I need to find more foods I like.  Let's just say the weight loss has not been on track, but I'm still hoping that happens as we continue to settle into our new life.

Long Live the Queen of Improv


  1. The jicama also is great with a spritz of lime and sprinkle chile pepper...

  2. I never really knew what jicama was until I started watching programs like "Top Chef" and "Chopped". That's where I've seen them use the little blow torch in their cooking. Very interesting. I agree, the last thing I need is lots more new foods to enjoy. But, we are only here for one short visit, so enjoy all the good things (and foods) that come your way. Have a great night, hugs, Edna B.

  3. You are a brave sole ... I see some of those strangely named vegetables in our market and I just pass them by because I don't have a clue what they taste like. It really shouldn't be an issue because In xxxx number of years, I have never found any food that I didn't like (except maybe insects ... which is more a matter of the idea than the taste). But, my right brained Hubby only likes what he likes, if you get my gist. I eat unusual things when I go out to eat, but rarely fix them at home unless I feel ambitious enough to cook two separate meals which I usually view as too much work(How's that for a run-on sentence?). I used to love to cook, but not so much anymore. If I am a queen of anything, it is of the kitchen short cuts:)Home made fast food, if there is such a thing.

    So the Helicopter is a boy toy, right? I mean, no survivors ... Yikes! I imagine that Left Brain is mourning the loss of his toy, but I am glad that the crash you are the queen of is small, plastic and harmless. If it is otherwise ... I don't want to hear about it :)

    You seem to be enjoying your warm climate even with the rain. You can take joy in the fact that we are chipping ice off of our sidewalks today and adding multiple layers of clothing to fend off the cold windy weather. Strangly our grass is green under the snow ... the weather in your old stomping grounds is not what it used to be. I am hoping the snow will make it through to Christmas. There is just something special about a White Christmas. My Izzi(dog) loves the snow. She is double coated so she loves cold weather and deplores the heat ... naturally we are getting more and more heat. Well, it is almost dinner time here, so I will head toward the kitchen. Hope your Arizona Christmas is wonderful ...

    Andrea @ From The Sol