揚げ物初心者 Beginner of Deep-Frying

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このところ、揚げ物に立て続けに挑戦しています。恥ずかしながら、揚げ物は去年まで一切やったことがありませんでした。危なくて、つきっきりの揚げ物は、舞姫とドラ息子を抱えた状況では無理な話でした。しかも、じいじが揚げ物名人なので自分が揚げる必要もなかったのです。

でもケーシーは春巻きが大好物だし、あまりいろいろな物を食べないドラ息子も海老フライや鶏の唐揚げは食べます。去年の夏にちえぞうが作ってくれたトンカツにも刺激され、やってみたいと思うようになりました。それだけ子供たちが落ち着いてきた証拠かもしれません。

ばびぃという助け舟がいるうちに挑戦してみようと、張り切ったのはいいのですが、冷凍コロッケを揚げようとした初挑戦で、いきなり右手を大火傷。やっぱり私には揚げ物をやるなってことかと、一度はあきらめたものの、既に少ない料理のレパートリーも増やさないと。気をとり直してまた挑戦です。

ばびぃと試行錯誤しながらの作業でしたが、これまで春巻き、海老フライ、鶏の唐揚げをやってみました。成長したとはいえ、舞姫とドラ息子の要求攻勢は健在です(舞姫の場合は全て同じ「わーわー」で表現されますが)。その中にあって、心がかき乱されないよう揚げることにひたすら集中するのみ、ある意味いい精神修行かも(^_^;)。

とにもかくにも、どの揚げ物も見た目はともかく好評でした。これはいけるかも。少し自信がついてきた気がします。次は何に挑戦しようかな。

Recently, I have been vigorously challenging deep-frying. It is embarrassing to say, but I had never done any kind of deep-frying before. This is a dangerous job that requires constant attention. There was no way I could even try it with my dancing princess and dragon boy around. On top of that, Jiji is an expert of deep-frying which made it unnecessary for me to do.

However, one of Casey’s favorite foods are spring rolls and dragon, who doesn’t eat a variety of food, likes deep-fried shrimps and chickens. Also stimulated by Chiezo, who made deep-fried pork for us last summer, I started to be interested in doing it myself. This may be a proof that my kids have grown up enough.

“OK I’m going to try while I have a helping hand of Babi.” Well, so much of the excitement. When I tried to do ready-to-fry croquettes, which was my very first try, I had my right hand terribly burned right away. I thought something was telling me that this was not something I should do and gave up once. But I had to add something new to my cooking repertoire which was not much anyway. Pulling myself together, I challenged again.

So far we have tried spring rolls, fried shrimps and fried chicken. It was a team play with Babi through trial and errors. Even though they are grown, princess and dragon still demand a great amount of attention for their own needs, never leaving me alone (princess’s requests are always expressed in the same noisy vocal sounds, though). Completely shutting myself out from those noises, I simply concentrated on frying. This may be a good mental training for me (^_^;).

Anyway, all of them tasted good despited their appearance and were well-received by my family. I think I can do it now. I feel good about it. Let’s see what I am going to deep-fry next.
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by danceofdragon | 2008-02-22 14:49