Monday, 28 July 2014

Decisions. Decisions.

I was just wondering whether I ought to buy a julienne cutter for my vegetable preparation and make them into strips, or just keep using a knife like I have been doing for most of my life. There are too many decisions needed these days. It does my 'ed in!

My Uncle Fergie who was a cook on the North Sea trawlers used to stick a whole cabbage in a pot and boil it. Tasted all right to me, and as he used to say, the maggots added extra protein. Don't suppose he'd ever heard of a julienne cutter.

Life was so much simpler in the old days, and that's a fact!

Uncle Fergie would shove a whole load of carrots in with the cabbage too, and onions. Never used to bother peeling anything. Course in those days vegetables used to have mud on them. Uncle Fergie said the mud was full of minerals and shouldn't be washed off.

Never knew a trawlerman to get food poisoning. This might have been due to the amount of alcohol they drank, but mostly it was because they built up immunity due to eating food that wasn't too over prepared.

Uncle Fergie's food tasted great. I reckon he was a culinary genius in the galley. Makes Jamie Oliver look like a right poof. Am I allowed to say that? And that Gordon Ramsey? Tough guy? Well Uncle Fergie would kick his arse no bother.

I just can't picture Uncle Fergie cutting vegetables into strips in the teeth of a force 10 North Sea gale.

Anyway I think I shall carry on using a knife. What was I thinking?


  1. I've heard that earth is good for you. The only thing I don't like is the gritty texture.

  2. Now you have gone and made me hungry for boiled cabbage. I can almost smell it.

  3. Perhaps Mia might like her vegetables julienned, you should ask her.
    You can purchase a basic one that will do just what you want, and give the knife an off

  4. The bearded wonder and I loved your story about Uncle Fergie, gave us a laugh as we are sitting through a Force 10 gale on the SE coast of Tasmania. A tornado has already ripped some buildings down last night, but we are hunkering down, hoping the power doesn't go out. Anyway you gave us a giggle on a grim night.

  5. knife is good. dirt is good. Carry on.. (I was "helped" on a job assignment yesterday by a German Shepherd the size of a small pony. I thought of you.)

  6. Oh Uncle Fergie sounds like quite the character and keep the knife. My Mom used to cook the exact same maybe we are related:) B