Having allergies and celiac disease, it is easy to blame every little DISorder on an improperly functioning immune system.
The latest: my hands … constantly dry, splitting skin, chapped fingers … ugh! Although I do have a dishwasher, many items used in cooking – pots, pans, crockery – are washed by hand. My dry, chapped hands. Finally I decided to buy gloves and place some hand cream in a prominent spot on the counter. Foolishly thinking this would solve the problem. I hate to admit it but the problem isn’t any immune problem or allergy, it’s me! I like to feel things, a very tactile kind of person … always forget to wear gloves when gardening … forget or just don’t want to, not sure which. In the kitchen I like to feel how hot the water is, if I am scrubbing every unseen bump on the pan … Whilst cooking, I am constantly washing my hands. So, even though I bought a bright pink pair of rubber gloves and placed them right next to the sink … really, you can’t miss them … I always seem to “forget” to wear the darn things. I do occasionally remember to apply the cream but then … I wash my hands again. Do I have a “clean” problem? Nope, just constantly have my hands in everything – squeezing lemons, chopping onions, washing meat … you know the drill … wipe the counter, wash the cloth, disinfect the cutting board, scrub the pan, clean the sink … If I can’t get into the habit of wearing those gloves – which just take away the “feeling” of cooking for me – I guess I will have to live with dry, chapped hands and nails! Really … can’t wear gloves whilst chopping veggies or stirring some concoction in a pot on the stove. Can’t wear gloves when writing down a recipe. Can’t wear gloves when seasoning the food. Put the gloves on, take the gloves off … it’s too much!
I know! I need a sous chef … or a cleaner-upper … but I’d still have to wash my hands whilst cooking/creating a delicious meal, ’cause I gotta feel it in my hands!
If and when I find a solution to these dry, chapped hands of mine (and yes, I do slather them with olive oil every night, but…), I will let you know! Enough ranting …
Meanwhile back to the kitchen …
Hmmm … what to make for dinner tonight? Chicken? Salmon? Had beans yesterday, pork the day before … haven’t had Salmon in a while … Salmon it is!
Mmmm, with Saki, Sesame Oil, a drizzle of Tamari Sauce, Fresh Ginger – grated/sliced, Fresh Garlic, Black Pepper, a light sprinkle of Chili – for a little added heat.
Bake for 20 minutes at 350°, fast, simple and Yummy!
Might pop a whole, scrubbed, washed & poked, Sweet Potato in with it. There is a bit of Steamed Broccoli & Cauliflower salad leftover from yesterday … Perfect! Dinner will be ready soon!