“I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.”

Oh no!! I have a cold coming. My throat is raspy, my nose congested, my head aching and I’m coughing a bit. I’m going to lie low today so no game night. I haven’t had a cold since I retired so I’m hoping this is just a random series of symptoms.

Henry slept with his paws and head on my lap, the very first time he’s done that. I was thrilled and amazed.

Today is sunny but cold, around 32˚. Tonight will be even colder. Snow is forecasted for Tuesday, but we will get only and inch or two before it turns to rain. Luckily, after the rain, it will be above freezing so no ice.

When I was buttering my toast this morning, one of my mother’s stories popped into my head. She told us that during the war butter was heavily rationed; instead, they bought oleo margarine. It needed far fewer points than butter. The oleo was white so a packet of yellow food coloring was included to make the oleo look more like butter. My mother said it was awful tasting. That memory meant we always had butter.

The only time I didn’t use butter was in Ghana. I used margarine. It came in a large can with a blue label. I think it came from the Netherlands. The only times I’d buy the very expensive butter was for holidays. The butter came in a can and was from Australia. I used it when I made Christmas cookies.

I am a coffee snob which is probably because of my time in Ghana. I drank Nestlé instant coffee and Carnation canned milk, also made by Nestlé. After a while, I didn’t mind. I think I killed my taste buds.

I love jollof rice, a Ghanaian dish. I think I ate it just about every night I was in Bolga on my last trip. Some Ghanaian foods I really don’t like, kenkey being one of them. It has a sour taste and sour isn’t a favorite palate for me.

Mostly I don’t cook full meals for myself out of pure laziness. If I cook a chicken, it is two nights for dinner, chicken sandwiches for lunch and chicken salad at the end when I tear the chicken apart. For full evening meals, I usually buy already mashed potatoes, but I always cook a fresh vegetable. The last couple of nights I have had cereal for dinner. Now I’m out of cereal and milk. I wonder what’s in my freezer.

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14 Comments on ““I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Your margarine story brought back an older friend’s story of how her mother let her dye the margarine once. I guess the margarine came in packets and you added in the food coloring and massaged it into the oleo. My friend was an artist and she decided that yellow was boring so she somehow managed to make her magarine blue. Her mother didn’t let her dye the magarine again. My friend did not allow margarine into her own house either.
    I grew up on margarine and didn’t taste real butter until I was 10 years old. My mother wouldn’t buy butter because it cost more money so I didn’t get butter again until I was out of school and working and could buy my own. I agree with Julia Child that margarine is evil. It sticks to the pan so heaven only knows what it’s doing to you.

    It’s very sunny here today but the temperature is just around freezing so not comfortable unless one is in the sunny places.

    Enjoy the day. Hope that cold doesn’t manifest itself.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I love this story. Your friend has a great imagination. It may have looked awful, but the taste was still the same though I bet her mother didn’t think so. My father was the same way. My mother made spritz cookies every Christmas. One year she decided to add red and green food coloring. My father wouldn’t eat them. He said they had a weird taste.

      Even when my father didn’t make a whole lot of money we had butter. I was at a friend’s house for dinner once, and only margarine was on the table. I didn’t know until I tasted it. It ruined my mashed potatoes.

      The weather was the same here all day. I only went out t get the paper.

      I’m thinking I sidestepped the cold.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Hedley Says:

    Mrs MDH and I have escaped the snow for a few days. We are somewhere where the ubiquitous #12 jersey is nowhere to be seen. Started the morning watch Spurs win and then headed to 7 am Mass at the tiny St Raphael Church, as we listened to the word, warm breezes entered through open windows accompanied by the constant song of the roosters that populate the island. It was nice

    Hello to KTCC, from warm climes. Yes Birgit, the first leg is this week

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I so remember the sounds of the rooster every morning. I can picture your island, the small church and the feel of the breezes. I am envious!!

    • Birgit Says:

      Hedley, yes, on Wednesday and I can’t watch/listen 🙁
      Oh, I see it starts at 9 pm, I’ll try to get a live ticker for the last ~30 minutes on my way home from Dortmund.
      What’s about Kane, I heard he was injured, will he already play again?
      Have a great time on the island and enjoy the warm weather!

      Get well soon, Kat!

      • katry Says:

        Hi Birgit,
        I am actually feeling better. The nap really helped. My headache is all that remains.

      • Hedley Says:

        Birgit, Harry Kane and Dele Alli are gone until sometime in March, but not sooner. Big chance for your team

      • Birgit Says:

        Hedley, Dortmund without Reus and not in best form. We’ll see.

  3. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    I vaguely remember margarine with the yellow dye in the bag when I was a very young kid. For years the American Dairy Association prevented the margarine manufactures from even using the word butter in their ads. When Kraft’s margarine ads wanted to compare their product to butter they had to call it “The expensive spread”. Regardless, modern margarine is a pretty good imitation of butter and like you I would rather eat real butter. My favorite margarine TV commercial featured a woman playing mother mature. She tasted the margarine spread and was told off screen that what she tasted was not butter. She then became angry and thunder and lighting occurred in the background and she said, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature. 🙂

    Today, the weather was drizzling, cloudy and the temperature in the upper 30s. Tuesday, the sun will come out and the high will be in the 70s hopefully for only one day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I remember the Mother Nature commercial and how angry she got. I think she wore greenery in her hair.

      They can’t call margarine butter because butter is a dairy produce while margarine is oil based. I used to keep some margarine for baking as some recipes call for it instead of butter. I don’t think margarine tastes anything like butter.

      It was cold all day today, but it was sunny. The warmer air will be back on Thursday after the snow on Wednesday.

      • Bob Cohen Says:

        We buy the soft stuff in the tub made with olive oil. It spreads easily on toast. Whipped butter is better.

      • katry Says:

        I often buy whipped butter. It is easy for toasts but more difficult for baking. The 4 in the butter package is the best when I bake.

  4. olof1 Says:

    I’m having a stomach flu so I’m home from work today. I thought my stomach had given up after the stress on Friday but I’m freezing and food is not the first thing on my mind this morning 🙂 🙂

    I grew up with margarine but as soon as I had my own economy I changed to butter. There’s nothing like warm toast with melting butter on it 🙂

    We have two different instant coffee machines at work, one make descent coffee and the other one make stomach killer coffee. There are actually people who prefer the killer coffee and I sort of can’t respect them 🙂 🙂 🙂 I do have a good instant one here at home because I drink so little coffee at home that it will turn sour before I have finished the package.

    I actually made dinner for the entire week this time, it’s a good thing I have a freezer 🙂 🙂 I have periods when I love to cook but long periods when I just can’t stand it and it is after all much easier to just order a hot meal from the restaurant close to work 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      I’m sorry you have the flu. It is brutal here. People have died. I hope you get well quickly.

      The difference in taste between margarine and butter is easy to taste. We never had much money when I was a kid, but my mother bought butter anyway. She’d had enough of margarine when she was a kid.

      I do not like instant coffee. My father preferred it, and I never understood why. I used to keep it on hand when he visited. Nothing is better than the first sip of freshly brewed coffee. Ghanaians drink tea so they don’t care about coffee.

      As I live alone, I have a weird dining habit. I often buy a roast chicken from the grocery store, and that is perfect for dinner and lunch. I eat when I’m hungry.

      Have a wonderful day!~

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