So I'm at the library and my phone rings. It's my brother. I just talked to him yesterday, so I know he's not calling to chat. He actually needs something and I need to answer the phone.
If I need two cloves of garlic and I buy this little bulb, how do I know how much a clove is?
I whisper an answer and say goodbye. But the phone rings again after three minutes:
Where would I find something called "orange zest"?
I chuckle and move to the copier room where I can talk to him without being rude. I explain orange zest—not an easy thing—then I hang up and go back to my reading. Twenty minutes later:
This says 1 tablespoon of oil and then underneath it says "salt and freshly ground pepper". Does that mean a tablespoon of each of those too?
Oh dear. I explain and hang up. But he calls back again in a few minutes:
This says to brown the pork on all sides and then transfer the pan to the oven. But how can I do that?
I am assuming he just glossed over the part in the recipe that said "cast-iron skillet". At least he realized that his frying pan probably wasn't a good candidate for the oven.
But how cute is he? He was (is, I guess) trying to cook dinner for his girlfriend but doesn't know the first thing about how a recipe works! I thought it was charming. Like explaining football to your boyfriend who just can't figure out what a first down is.