Okay, since you’ve probably digested my trip to Abell’s, and I’ve been pretty good about sticking to food, maybe I deserve a little rant time. By the way, thanks for the continued suggestions for the diner “just right” list. Keep them coming. I think I have the next visit lined up but I’ll keep you guessing. And I have been told a couple of times that I need to go back to Abell’s for the “logger” breakfast. Given my frail constitution especially in the morning, that may be a struggle, but we’ll see.. Okay, rant or at least crabby time
Lately I have noticed a trend in car commercials, especially with the so-called “luxury” lines of Mercedes, Acura, Lexus, etc. to highlight their electronic gee-whiz "safety" features. Maybe you’ve seen them. One shows an obviously new driver practicing driving with Dad in the right seat, and driving junior turns to stare at a comely young lady on the sidewalk. The “car” abruptly stops him from rear ending the auto in front of him. Dad smiles, the kid looks sheepish and they move on.
In another, Mom at the wheel turns completely around to fiddle with junior in the back seat and is only brought back to reality when her windshield fills up with a Kenilworth grill. A look of mild surprise, and then a self satisfied little grin takes over. Or, how about that one where the guy is obviously driving “too fast for conditions” which are almost zero visiblity and comes roaring into a construction zone until the car again saves him (or maybe the workers).
Then there’s the one where the demure little lady is somehow in a demolition derby with cars twirling overhead, blind spot indicator letting her know a battered Chevy is about to hit her, or swerving away from the wall in the nick of time while a unequipped competitor smashes into it. It finishes with smoking heaps of metal and the unscathed Mercedes SUV with the little smiling lady at the wheel and the announcer intoning “you almost couldn't crash this car if you wanted to”, or something close to that.
Well, this is just fine. I am so glad to hear this. I think I may go buy one of these vehicles so that the next time I have one too many, instead of relying on a taxi or a designated, I can drive myself home with complete confidence that my car will prevent any untoward events. Swerving? No matter the lane device will pull me back in. Following too close? Nope, no worries. Texting while driving? No problem. Complete confidence. I just wonder if this technology which is somewhere between none and complete control of the vehicle is good or bad. Don’t think I like the implications. Are we spawning and encouraging a population of uncaring, idiot drivers?
Speaking of idiot drivers, I have yakked about this before, but people just don’t seem to get it around here. It’s a small word, only five letters: m – e – r – g – e. Maybe the auto manufacturers will come up with combined software and GPS technology that you just select “merge” from the menu on the screen and it will regulate your vehicle’s speed and direction such that you will seamlessly flow into traffic in a safe manner. Until then I am doomed to be behind said idiots who think that half mile of vacant asphalt on the right is only for turning at the (hardly visible) next intersection, and will wait however long it takes to have a completely vacant highway (caused by demon lights someplace) so they can pull directly across that merge lane into the right traffic lane and continue on. Or if threatened by the evil man behind them (who sometimes honks), pull timidly into said lane, and go so slow that there is never a chance to get between (ample) spaces of cars in motion. Argghhh..
Does this happen to you? That innocent little box of “saran wrap” or similar product is a menace to (at least my) sanity. I am talking about the common grocery store “smaller” box type here, not the food service type which is maybe a couple of feet long. When you need to wrap up say, a chop or steak for freezing, or after you have applied a rub, you need a piece maybe 18 by 18. Many things happen: You can’t pull out the required length and the roll comes out of the box (at this point you might as well go get waxed paper), or the damn serrated edge won’t cut and it bunches along the box into a ball, or if it does actually come out of the box, and cut into your desired length you’re stuck with a flapping piece of saran held in one hand which immediately clings to itself in several places. Okay, so you lay it on your counter and attempt to “straighten it out” which never happens, it only gets worse. And don’t even talk to me about "cling plus”.
And actually, as odd as it sounds, those big commercial boxes are much easier to deal with. Yes, you have to get it from the pantry and place it on the counter, but the lack of above problems pays big dividends. The heft of the box and roll within keeps it in place allowing both hands to be of use. You can pretty easily strip out the desired length with a hand on each end. Then, depending on the brand, there is either a long serration or a slider with a knife on the edge of the box. A good trick is to tuck the free edge of the sheet under your chin and then either slice it, or grab both sides near the serration and sort of bring your hands down and together cutting the sheet from both sides. You still have hold of both edges so you can straighten it out into a nice sheet Works pretty well.. See what a vast resource on kitchen technique your Bottom Feeder is?
Okay, the mental air is much clearer, and I can return to food matters. Am re-trying a salmon recipe tonight, “Baked Salmon a la Kansas”. Will have to be