Day 240: Chicken with the hair of an angel

August 28, 2007

This evening, cooking outside was annoying. We were tired and grumpy so this was the perfect night to get pizza delivered, curl up on the sofa and watch a good film. Or even a dreadful film. Or even sports or a documentary on mould. Chinese takeout would have been good too. Heck, I’d take a microwave ready meal at this point. It started to rain just as we were about to get started, so we had to pull our sorry cooking table under the tiny portion of covered deck. The cooking equipment got wet again last night, and this afternoon; we really are just asking for trouble. It’s hard to believe we have a beautiful new oven ready and waiting in a warehouse somewhere. With a shiny new fridge… Anyway, the kitchen floor has been partially tiled, so you can no longer go directly through the back door, across the kitchen and downstairs to the basement/ food storage area/ washing up station. Cooking and forgetting every other item just became a gigantic pain. I think we’re both getting despondent about the remodel. It seems our contractor came in today and put on about five handles in the kitchen, then left. As the kitchen floor is not to be walked on, presumably the electrician can’t come in and finish tomorrow as planned, and who knows when the plumber will return. We now have a sink and a garbage disposal but as there is no hole drilled in the sink for the tap, no tap was installed and so we are running-water free.

Upstairs, we do finally have a toilet and sink, which is major progress. If we can locate the spare toilet paper and clean towels, we may even start using it. Everything is kind of skanky though, so Baby A was bathed in the basement dungeon once more, until we can get it cleaned up and ready to go. The raw wiring hanging out the walls is less than child-friendly too, and the bath panel is not in place which means the cats can disappear into the space between the floor and the downstairs ceiling. But, we are getting there, slowly but surely. I do think though that our patience is starting to wear thin. We are starting to be snappy and frazzled, whereas up until this point we’ve pretty much managed to keep on top of things. Surely sooner or later we can get our house back and start relaxing and enjoying being here. Before the second baby arrives, hopefully. I know that in the grand scheme of things, this seems like self-indulgent whining, which to a certain extent it is. But moving and remodelling are a little tough, it would seem.

So tonight we made Grilled Chicken, Scampi Style, with Angel Hair Pasta, which was tastier than the shrimp version of yesterday, although unfortunately our chicken ended up tough as nails. Again, it was supposed to be grilled but we lacked the means so it was pan fried. The addition of roasted red peppers, chives and oregano really boosted the flavour and added some interest. You could serve this without any meat and it would be a good lightweight supper. Tomorrow is version number three, Grilled Scallops, Scampi Style, with Angel Hair Pasta. Onward, we’re moving onward. Let’s hope that the mosquitoes decide that all this pasta makes us taste bad, I’m sick of being attacked while dining on our exclusive outdoor, glamorously sodden deck.

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  • Reply Joannie August 29, 2007 at 6:32 am

    We’re having our baby the day after tomorrow (Friday) and it made me think about you and your baby coming in six weeks. What are you going to do for the time you are in the hospital?

  • Reply Helen | One Year Project August 29, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    Good luck Joannie! Hope everything goes fantastically well and your little one settles straight into living on the outside. I was wondering when #4 was going to debut.
    We’re not entirely sure what we’re going to do when in hospital. There is a kitchen for patients but I am mightily excited to eat take out pizza again once all is done. We are sort of putting out feelers as to who might be able to look after A and who might want to cook and blog, and whether doing both is just too much to ask. Family nearby would certainly be handy at this point. L will be at home much more this time round to look after A so maybe it will only be one meal that is a problem- maybe I can time it perfectly so we don’t have to skip a meal!

  • Reply Lisa August 29, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    I came across your website via the Rachael Ray Sucks community (I wouldn’t say she sucks, exactly … she strikes a strange balance of obsession and extreme annoyance in me) and I am so impressed at what you guys are doing! Your tenacity is unequaled given this project, the toddler, the pregnancy, the move, the renovations … I would have given up long ago. I own the 365 book too, so thanks for saving the rest of us from a bunch of sorry recipes and pointing us to the better ones. Keep up the good work — hang in there! 🙂

  • Reply Jojo August 29, 2007 at 7:26 pm

    Hey, I’d be a guest blogger for you. Just an offer. I don’t have the desire to cook RR-style for a full year, but I could handle it for a week — or how long do you need help??? 🙂

  • Reply Helen | One Year Project August 30, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    Hi Jojo, if we can’t find anyone locally we may well take you up on that offer, thanks! It should only be for a couple of days, tops. We’ll let you know- we really should start sorting things out as the belly gets more enormous.

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