Unconditional

Love… agreement… support…

Or in this case, an unconditional contract on a house. Well, nearly. The big one’s achieved – we’ve had our financing approved. Words cannot tell you how relieved, relaxed and happy I feel. I’ve had a sinus infection this last week. I’ve been slowly improving but this evening after receiving the phone call from our loans manager I’ve felt a whopping boost to my immune system.

We celebrated with a modest but lovingly prepared and delicious dinner tonight. Fi led the way with the crumbing of pork cutlets, which I shallow fried slowly so as to maintain maximum tenderness. She also produced zucchini ribbons which makes for a delicious linguine substitute. On request, I made my apparently famous cheesy mash. A meal in good company followed by cuddles with our daughter is pretty much the best evening I could hope for. She even went to sleep in record time, for a change.

I’ll only share two further things.

Firstly, my recipe for cheesy potato mash:

  • Take some potatoes. About four I guess. How much mash do you normally have? How big are your potatoes? You work it out.
  • Peel and chop them down, unless you have peel in your mash. Then just chop them down.
  • Boil them up. Ponder the directions of boiling and chopping until done.
  • Drain and return to pot.
  • Apply one (1) tablespoon of butter to the pot.
  • Don’t add any milk. What’s wrong with you? Do you like slop?
  • Seriously, cut it out with the milk. Ugh.
  • Add cheese to taste. I recommend two handfuls for a truly cheesy confection.
  • Add between half (1/2) and one (1) teaspoon of raw garlic paste, depending on whether you’re eating on your own or in company.
  • Grab the masher and mash the potatoes gently, evenly and thoroughly. Your end result should be a viscous, creamy golden mass of gooey potato stuff.
  • Sit down with a spoon and the whole wad of potatoes
  • Eat all the potatoes
  • Don’t even feel bad for a second. Just feel great.

I must stress that it is important to follow all steps, including attitudinal, philosophical and emotional ones. For example, feigning annoyance over perceived uncertainty of quantity is an intrinsic step. Similarly, if you don’t pause to feel agitated by people using milk in their mash you are following a different recipe. I cannot vouch for the tastiness of your end result. At the end of the day, it’s up to you.

Secondly a video with some excellent chip-inspired electronica that sums up how I feel this evening. May your besetting conditions be relieved if not released!

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10 Responses to Unconditional

  1. KH2014 says:

    this is awesome. i wholeheartedly agree re: the milk. they are amateurs. and congrats on being approved! woohoo!!

  2. FiFYI says:

    Thanks for helping me with dinner. I love you so much. Can’t wait to make meals together in our new home!!

  3. Sonja says:

    I agree with potatoes, but zucchini ribbons? I did low-carb vegetarian and I felt like they were always soggy.

    • FiFYI says:

      I barely cooked them at all. They retained their shape and a little bit of crispness.

    • seanmurgatroyd says:

      I enjoyed the taste and was interested in the texture. I think it would have been interesting if we’d tried them steamed.

      When Fi said what she was doing I somehow had the impression she’d be grilling them. I was looking forward to faux bacon. Maybe an experiment for another time!

    • seanmurgatroyd says:

      Also, as you may tell – I’d not survive low carb anything.

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