Captain’s Log 6,089
I was making coffee this morning when I discovered something awesome! I used an old electric (disposable) tooth brush to clean my French press crannies. The nooks are never a problem, but the crannies can be maddening. I wish Heloise was still writing her hints. I would send this to her.
I also have cranny issues with my Nutri Bullet canister. Cleaned that right up too.
It’s a slow day for news here at Casa de Pirate when I write about useful applications of old toothbrushes. But the results were wonderful. Wonderful enough to buoy me through this entire day.
Crannies cleaned and fresh coffee steeping
Yesterday, I wrote about my woeful cooking skills. Thinking a bit more about that weep-fest, I do recall a time when I had one of my cooking snobs over for dinner. He and his wife are total snoots about food. I was nervous. I served a lovely plated salad with crisp French bread. The main course was my signature rotini bake with lots of cheese, fresh tomatoes, mushrooms, basil, oregano, and veggie sausage. I used zero garlic in the sauce.
Not really mine but it looked just like this. Piping hot right from the over and served at the table.
Sidenote: My plated salads really ARE the bomb. In addition to greens, I use things like Medjool dates, walnuts, apples, yellow grape tomatoes, shredded Parmesan, etc. When melon is in season, I include a small wedge (rind removed) on the side.
After dinner, he sat back and applauded me for my efforts. He said I had used just the right amount of garlic. He loved the wine too. I decanted a cheap red and he did not know the difference. The veggie sausage also fooled him. It fools everybody, even dyed-in-the-wool carnivores. We had pistachio gelato for dessert with Walker’s shortbreads on the side. And dark, lovely coffee made in a French press with recently-cleaned crannies. And half-and-half poured from one of those little white cream things you see in fancy restaurants. I got it for $1.49 at World Market.
No garlic and cheap wine. And I still managed to pull it off.
Maybe cooking is like everything else in this world. Fake it til you make it.
I know I do coffee well. I will use that as the jumping off point.