Two important announcements:
1. We used the STOVE today. FIRE, folks. I’m not sure why were trusted.
2. And going along with the trust issue – the inevitable finally happened – my first kitchen injury.
But first – lecture.
We learned a little math. Most specifically – we learned units of measure for volume (liquid) and their equivalents. This is probably good to know/memorize so I’m including it here for reference:
1 Tablespoon = 3 teaspoons
1 ounce = 2 Tablespoons
1 cup = 8 ounces = 16 Tablespoons
1 pint = 2 cups = 16 ounces = 32 Tablespoons (yeah, doubt you’ll ever need to know that).
1 quart = 2 pints = 4 cups = 32 ounces
1 gallon = 4 quarts = 8 pints = 16 cups = 128 ounces
So on to the kitchen.
Today we made Tomato Portuguese. Basically, it is tomatoes concasse (peeled, seeded and chopped tomatoes) simmered with cooked onions, garlic, and bouquet garni. You keep cooking till all the water is evaporated. Season to taste.
What is this used for exactly? Good question. I have no clue really. Maybe the base for other tomato sauces?? I was so busy making this today, that I never thought to ask.
Cool technique – in case you don’t already know how, here’s how you peel a tomato.
So yeah – the injury – as I said, I was coring a tomato using a chef’s knife even though I thought it was awkward and KNEW better. And then…it happened. I thought, meh, that isn’t so bad. And then…I rushed to the bathroom to rinse and then put pressure on with a paper towel.
I’ve had my share of kitchen injuries – the worst being bagel slicing and the time I was working in a kitchen in college and picked up a lid to a lasagna pan that had been in the oven for an hour and a half…yeah. But this was somehow worse.
My husband gets a little squeamish at the site of blood. I’ve always been quick to yell out “wuss!”.
I will keep quiet now. For the first time ever, I almost blacked out due to a minor kitchen injury. Gah…WTF?
Anyway, I’m fine now. Just a cut. No stitches. All is well.
And I damn well will never core a tomato with a 10 inch chef’s knife again.
Words of wisdom.
Ms. Pantry Raid