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Hubby Cooks His Breakfast All By Himself

I was still lying in bed, listening to the radio, slowly preparing to get up, when I smelled the aroma of the buckwheat blueberry cereal pudding Hubby was preparing for a week of breakfasts. He gets up earlier and gets hungry earlier than I do. I had expected him to make this pudding because he asked me last night when he was already in bed if we had any more of the buckwheat cereal. I checked. We had a new unopened bag. I told him I had laid it out for him, since I wasn’t sure there was an entire cup left in the jar I keep the cereal in. One cup will make a bit more than three batches.

Last time he wanted this cereal dish for breakfast I went over the recipe with him because I didn’t have time to make it myself and wait for it to cook. I had given him a three-quart pan and told him to double the recipe that day since I was already using the two-quart pan I normally use. The two quart pan was clean today. I knew he could find the other ingredients without my help. So this morning I continued my morning ritual of waking up, and the aroma almost had me convinced I might like to have some of the cereal pudding myself, even though I don’t normally enjoy it very much.

About half an hour later I came down and he told me he had ruined the breakfast, though he was eating it. I asked how he’d ruined it, since it smelled so good. He said that first he’d had to figure out which was the two-quart pan the recipe called for. So he filled it with water and measured it. OK. Guess he didn’t know the size was written on the bottom.

Next, instead of seeing the clearly printed instruction on both the package and the recipe to use one cup of cereal, he got the idea that he was supposed to use the whole unopened package. He tried to cook this in the designated three cups of liquid. The cereal is supposed to be cooked one part cereal to three parts liquid. He couldn’t figure out why the cereal was so thick.

We now both attribute his mistake to his trying to cook before his brain was fully awake. I had written the recipe for the Internet audience on Wizzley, not for him. I just printed what I’d written, without the photos I had included online. We had already done this once together, so I thought he wouldn’t need the photos. He misunderstood the first ingredient: 1 cup packaged buckwheat cereal. He missed two things – first, the “d” on “packaged,” and also that the package was much larger than a cup.

Perhaps you wonder why I just didn’t fix this for him myself? First, he wants to eat earlier than I get up. Second, I don’t know if I will outlive him. I think every man should know how to feed himself the foods he likes, just in case. He should also know how to make basic foods for sick people, in case his wife can’t cook when she is sick. What do you think?

Photo shows this morning’s finished product after Hubby removed his portion to eat this morning. He said it wasn’t too bad.

Pictures and content are original and may not be used without permission, B. Radisavljevic, Copyright 2013, All Rights Reserved

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Paulie wrote on August 19, 2015, 2:43 AM

I am a lot like your husband. I always get up before my wife because I have been doing so for many years and am always hungry. i cook my own breakfast but it is so easy to prepare. I microwave oatmeal with milk and have it with a banana and other fruit.

bestwriter wrote on August 19, 2015, 2:58 AM

How did you like it? Sometimes accidents produce better food.

MegL wrote on August 19, 2015, 3:53 AM

He must have stirred it well for it not to burn. You're right that everyone should learn to cope for themselves and making a mistake means he is unlikely to do THAT again.

CoralLevang wrote on August 19, 2015, 9:05 AM

This reminds me of my daughter cooking a full pound of pasta in a 1-quart pot. LOL

wolfgirl569 wrote on August 19, 2015, 9:51 AM

My hubby cooks a lot of the time and especially breakfast. He is up before me also

Kasman wrote on August 19, 2015, 2:31 PM

Wow - a guy who cooks his own breakfast? Amazing! Actually, most men aren't as hopeless in the kitchen as is sometimes made out. I can manage just fine provided Mrs Kasman doesn't interfere!

BarbRad wrote on August 19, 2015, 2:58 PM

Hubby has since changed his own breakfast preferences. I'm glad he doesn't insist on this anymore.

BarbRad wrote on August 19, 2015, 2:59 PM

Condensed is not better. It was more like the consistency of cooking dough.

BarbRad wrote on August 19, 2015, 3:00 PM

I think you are right. We had another lesson in measuring after that.

BarbRad wrote on August 19, 2015, 3:01 PM

Hubby now enjoys such things as toast with almond butter or toast with avocado. Yep. For breakfast.

BarbRad wrote on August 19, 2015, 3:01 PM

That must have been interesting. Did it all stick together?

BarbRad wrote on August 19, 2015, 3:02 PM

I don't mind if he gets up earlier than me, as long as he lets me sleep in.

BarbRad wrote on August 19, 2015, 3:03 PM

I think men can cook more than they will admit to. They seem to forget how when a wife is available before mealtime.

CoralLevang wrote on August 19, 2015, 3:26 PM

Not really, because I walked in about three minutes into the evolution. Had to do damage control. emoticon :winking:

Paulie wrote on August 20, 2015, 2:46 AM

Does your hubby still fix his own breakfast and what does he usually have?

BarbRad wrote on August 21, 2015, 3:06 AM

He usually eats toast with either almond butter or avocado on it and a banana. At least I think he does. I judge by the remains, since I'm usually still asleep when he eats.

valmnz wrote on August 21, 2015, 3:50 PM

My husband always prepares his own breakfast, for the same reason . Not always cooked, sometimes he just fancies toast. This allows me to get up when I'm ready. My husband enjoys cooking other meals too.

CalmGemini wrote on August 21, 2015, 11:43 PM

I think a man should be able to cook some basic things he wants, so that he does not have to go hungry when nobody is there to cook for him.My husband now knows how to prepare what he wants to have.

BarbRad wrote on August 22, 2015, 1:54 AM

I wish my husband enjoyed cooking. He doesn't even barbecue.

BarbRad wrote on August 22, 2015, 1:55 AM

I agree. Every person should be prepared to meet his own needs in this department because sometimes it's necessary.

Paulie wrote on August 22, 2015, 4:09 AM

i guess it is kind of hard messing that up unless you burn the toast.

VinceSummers wrote on August 22, 2015, 7:34 AM

You know what I eat from my own article. But never fear: I'd find a use for this cereal. I'll bet it can used in place of wallpaper paste (Grin).

BarbRad wrote on August 24, 2015, 2:55 PM

Nope. The blueberries and nuts would make it too lumpy.

VinceSummers wrote on August 24, 2015, 3:18 PM

Excellent points, both, . One of my favorite treats for breakfast (or any other time) is the Irish pancake, made from raw grated potato. Delicioso!