I always tell on hubby when he does something less than stellar so he told me I have to tell on myself now. I happen to think what I did was rather ingenious. He begs to differ.
First I have to give the back story which concerns our cookware. Being a family that likes to cook, we like to use stainless steel pots and pans. Many years ago (probably at least 20 or more) we invested in what was to us a very expensive set of cookware. It was called Flavorite or Flavortite by Regalware. They have these little pressure cooker type seal thingys on the lids where you can open them to let steam escape or close them to seal in the flavors, juices, etc. I loved these pots and pans and we put them to very good use over the years. We had the whole kit and caboodle from the sauce pans and pots to the electric skillet with its 3 ply thermal core. Heck, we even had their manual food processor with all its little gadgets including a meat grinder.
This set has lasted us for years but a few years back we noticed that they were starting to look old and outdated so we decided to “replace” this set with the new stainless steel cookware set that Tupperware came out with. Yes, if you haven’t checked out Tupperware in a few years they now sell cookware and it’s nice. I love my Tupperware pots and pans. They have glass lids not the stainless steel that our Regalware has. I do still have my Regalware and we use it regularly.
You know how you get used to using certain large pots or pans for certain dishes? Well, that’s how I am with my Regalware. I use their frying pan over the Tupperware one and the pot I use to make my iced tea and the medium saucepan I always use to make rice. I have “perfected” cooking rice in that saucepan. I know exactly how to use it to make the rice come out perfect (to me) and I like that the little steam vent allows me to lock out in all the moisture for perfect fluffy rice.
We used to practically subsist on rice. We had rice or pasta for pretty much every meal. The last few years rice has not set well with me. I pretty much throw up every time I eat it so we have drastically cut down on our rice intake and I had not made it in several years. Hubby has made it but he uses an entirely different pan than I do.
The other day I made chicken marsala with broccoli and rice. It has apparently been so long since I made rice that I didn’t realize that the little sealy thingy on the lid was missing. I already had everything going and it was too far to turn back when I realized it was gone. Instead of the little sealy thing in the middle of the top there was a gaping hole. I remember from when the pot I use for tea had a hole in it that we would use w small glass bowl to cover the hole but then it would get too hot and I’d eventually either drop the bowl and break it on the floor or I’d get the bowl off but when I’d try to remove the actual lid I’d end up burning myself. I should have realized when the top miraculously had one of those little sealy things again that hubby must have taken it from somewhere! DUH!
Anyway, I sitting here trying to figure out how I’m going to make the top work when it had a big gaping hole in it and I definitely didn’t want to burn myself so I quickly looked around the kitchen to see what I could find. This is what I came up with:
I thought it was brilliant! I took a wine cork and cut it in two (halfway down the length) and then took one of those halves and cut it down the middle width wise and crammed it all in the hole until I filled it up! Voila! I now had something to hold the top without burning myself and covered the hole and my rice turned out fine! When hubby came home and saw my finagled top sitting on the counter I thought he was going to literally fall in the floor laughing. I was almost insulted because I thought I was a freakin’ genius to come up with that.
Hubby looked at me and said “Why didn’t you just take the top off the one we use for tea and put it on this one?” Well, if I’d KNOWN that was where it came from it might have entered my feeble little brain but it didn’t. Then he says… “Don’t you know it probably took you longer to figure that out than it would have to cram those corks in there? How long did that take you?” I just looked at him calmly and said “It was done before the rice even started boiling!” Of course I didn’t mention at that point that I didn’t START cooking the rice until I had the top fixed! Just call me Jack (of all trades).