I am one of these people who attracts computer crashes like a honey attracts bees.
And there is nothing more irritating to a grown woman such as myself than when the computer decides to collapse on me like a souffle and all I can do is stare at the bright blue screen talking rude gibberish in a vocabulary meant clearly for drones and not for humans.
That and the fact that I am further paralyzed from touching something lest I ruin the situation further and so I must wait for techy persons such as Mr. Hubby to come to my rescue. For some unfathomable reason Mr. Hubby like a breed of other techy's seem to have this overwhelming urge to explain all that they're doing to fix the darn thing while they're doing the fixing!
I don't mean to be ungrateful but for one couldn't care less because all I want is this doggone thing fixed so I can get on with it! And the more Mr. Hubby engages in techy drone talk with me the more my brain feels like its being stuffed with cotton wool.
And when I bring this fact kindly to Mr. Hubby's attention he has this to say -"Behind every successful woman is a man....... providing tech support!"
So there you have it - it is under such excruciating circumstances that I have come to the realization that I now have a mere hours before I must cart a large potluck sized steak & ale pie for our community gathering.
Now for most women this wouldn't be a problem because I suspect most women have their recipes nicely categorized in folders and such. Mine are all crammed into the computer - a computer that has only just after extensive CPR has blinked back to life and in the interim valuable time has been lost.
Besides having to compile a grocery list, do the shopping & cooking at neck breaking speed, I have yet another challenge on my hands -
What's the challenge you ask?
Well, traditional steak and ale pie has a lovely puff pastry top that covers the whole thing but since we're going to be so many for us at the gathering I shudder to think what the state of the puff pastry will be after all the shoveling.
The question is, how to prevent the puff pastry from crumbing into smithereens & withstand the digging and prodding?
After a restless night, I had a moment of clarity!
I am channeling the concept behind chicken & dumplings and intend to do the puff pastry topping not an one humongous sheet but rather 2" circles thus making shoveling (around the pastry) all the more easier & so very potluck friendly! See for yourself!