The dishes drive me crazy. Yes, everyone has them, but we have more. There are only two of us, but my compulsive need to cook means that we could win some kind of competition for dishes washed and draining on the sink, if there was one. Our house is not much chop I am afraid, and the kitchen is small and old with a sink that is built for a 5 foot tall grandmother, which I believe, is who lived here before us.
Each night before I begin cooking and baking, the dishes have to be dealt with. You might be thinking, if she cooks constantly, then she should do the dishes…that’s what you were thinking right? So no, that’s silly, I have a teenager, a boy, and he needs responsibility and life skills. PlayStation alone should not sustain him. Before dinner he is sent to collect the dishes that seem to have sprouted in a semi-circle around the electronics he worships, and he comes to the kitchen to practice his human skills. To be honest, I like it. We talk while he works. Apparently it takes an average of 60 minutes to wash a 12 place setting of dishes and only 9 minutes to load it into a dishwasher, but when the PlayStation is in a holding pattern it is quite surprising how quickly a player can wash or dry a sinkful of dishes.
Last year we considered buying a dishwasher. Then we found out that we would have to drill a hole in the brickwork of this little rented house to install it due to the antiquated way the plumbing is set up. I talked myself into believing some of the myths about operating a dishwasher – things like thinking they used more water, so I wouldn’t feel cheated, but apparently I am wrong. I began reading this website, in a nutshell this is what I found out.
- Modern dishwashers are capable of recycling and filtering water
- They have internal heaters so they don’t drain your hot water system
- They have shorter cycles now and save energy
- Dishwashers kill germs.
- Washing products such as “finish” are quite sophisticated also helping with rinsing
I thought we were alone, being dishwasherless, but apparently around 53% of Australian homes don’t have one. Do you have one? Do you do what I do to avoid germs and bacteria? Once a month I do an extra clean, where I boil a whole lot of water and tip it into jugs and put all the cutlery in there with a ¼ cup of mentholated spirits. Then I wash out the cutlery draws, drying each piece of cutlery back into the draws. **Mental note, next month get my son to help me.
I guess that a dishwasher is like a clothes washing machine. You do have to maintain it if you want it to be your slave (oh I want a slave). The filters have to be cleaned. It has to be checked for mold and scale and you have to avoid people that are pedantic about the way they load a dishwasher …eeek !
In the spirit of dishwashing I am going to present this one pot chicken dish. It is based on an African Chicken Recipe. It’s simple and you can put the frypan in the dishwasher when you have finished, if you have one……..
- 4- 6 Chicken cutlets bone in skin on
- 1 small onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- 1x sweet potato ( 500-800gm) washed cut into 5 cm chunks unpeeled
- 2 Tablespoons ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon ground coriander
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon cardamom seeds (optional)
- 1½ cups of water 325 ml / 2fl oz)
- ½ cup of warm water (125 ml)
- 3 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter 60gm/ 2.10oz)
- 4 x 10 gm squares frozen spinach (1.4oz)
- 3 Tablespoons liquid (paste) Tamarind or lemon juice if you can't find tamarind
- fried shallots for garnish ( optional)
- Heat the fryan then add a tablespoon of oil. Sear the chicken skin side down till browned. Turn and seal the other side till browned. Remove from the pan and put on a plate
- Wipe out the excess fat and add some olive oil, saute onions till softening and add the spices and sweet potato. You may need to add a little extra oil. When the spices are fragrant and onion is softened add the garlic and saute without colouring. Return the chicken to the pan skin side up.
- Add the 1½ cups of water and simmer on low with the lid on for about 10 minutes or until the chicken is done (test by piecing one with a small knife through the thickest part near the bone).
- Mix the tamarind and peanut butter with the ½ cup of water and add to the pan. Stir well and bring back to the boil. Add the spinach. put on the lid for 2 minutes until the spinach is defrosted. Break up and stir through. Taste for seasoning adding salt if necessary and more tamarind or lemon if you like
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