I think I may be the most impatient person in the world sometimes. It is definitely a serious handicap of mine. If I could use impatience and jealousy as if in the game of golf, I think I could make some serious birdies. Now, I am making myself confused with all this golf talk.
I made a dinner the other night for a family of four who had just moved into their new home. They had emailed on Friday for dinner on Sunday. I said “of course”. I was making extra for them to last through the week but I really like the family so I wouldn’t have said no even though it was a smaller meal. I had the Mac and Cheese taken care of, could make the Panzanella easily, Brownies with Ganache Icing were no problem, but I usually call my friend Eric for the pulled pork. He is the master of that and he has won many competitions. I know when to hire out… Well, Eric was out of town camping with his daughters all weekend. I had to make the pulled pork.
I had everything working beautifully Sunday with the gorgeous pork shoulder butt cooking on low heat. I went for a run and went about my day. Around 3:30pm, I noticed the temperature not budging on the pork. It had “Stalled”. I had never heard of this but I guess when the pork gets to a certain temp it can stall because of the evaporation, which can last up to 7 hours!!! Can you say serious catering melt down?
I cranked the heat up after 2 hours of watching the temperature not budge. It was like watching boiling water never boil. It was maddening.
This happens in the kitchen every once in a while- where the excitement comes to a full time high and tears can ensue. I did succeed in getting dinner to the family only 10 minutes late, but not with out freaking out on my girls. Allie had tossed around the brownies with a huff just because I asked her to help me out for a second to load the car. I am sure I resembled the girl from The Exorcist. This was nothing that a serious tickle session and left over Brownies with Ganache Icing could not help to make amends.
Here’s to jumping hurdles and landing on two feet with out sounding too much like Veruca Salt.