Almost ten years ago, I dreaded cooking. I was not proud of the fact that I didn’t know how to cook and had no experience at all in managing a kitchen. But hey, when you’re single and you happen to have access to a live-in cook, cooking would be the last thing on your mind.
As a newly wed then, I didn’t have the confidence to whip up anything from scratch. Simply put, I had the case of an ‘anemic’ fried chicken, steamed rice that was as hard as stone and all the big and small goofs that I would do in the kitchen then. To top it all, I had a lot of burns and cuts on my fingers, something that went on for the fist two years after I got married.
Through it all, because I was interested and determined to learn, I’m now a confident cook and a master in menu planning. I can now also proudly say that I have the potential to be a good baker, all of that without any formal education.
However, there is one task in the kitchen that I still dread to do – opening a can using a can opener. I’m still at a lost how to use a manual can opener. And that is not without constant practice, because I own a manual can opener too, aside from my so called life saver: the Black and Decker Gizmo cordless can opener.
Thus, I was on panic mode when I discovered that my Gizmo died on me last Wednesday in the middle of cooking. I had to open a can of peas and I thought the Gizmo would magically open the can for me as usual, but the poor thing just wouldn’t turn around the lid of the can just like I’m used to seeing every time. No, the rechargeable battery was not the culprit, as the power was still fine when pressed. The spring on the magnet gave in.
I’ve had this baby since 2003, and it has been the biggest kitchen miracle for me. I was in the brink of crying as I tried hard to maneuver my manual can opener to open that can of peas. I was sweating not from the heat in the kitchen because the central AC was on, but from the frustration.
Apart from the furnace filters that I need to order, I now also have to start my search for my dear Gizmo. I gotta have it… soon!
Oh, and would you want to know if I successfully opened the can of peas? Yes, I did but just imagine a botched can. Something that only me can probably do. No, I gave up using the manual can opener. I used my Wusthof chef’s knife. Go figure!
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