I usually consider myself a good cook but every now and then I think maybe I shouldn’t be allowed in the kitchen.
This adventure started when I looked to see if there were any Instant Pot recipes for one or two for Clyde and found an actual cook book: I Love My Instant Pot For One. You know me, I promptly checked it out from library. As is my habit, I flipped through and marked a few recipes that appealed to me. One of them was for Sweet Breakfast Grits. Believe it or not, I’ve never had grits; I don’t have anything against grits, it just has never come up. So I thought maybe it was time to try. Ordered grits from the store, picked them up. Printed off a copy of the recipe from the internet (I don’t EVER cook from library books with those books in the kitchen) and waited for a good morning to try out yet another hot cereal.
Mixed the ingredients, set the Instant Pot and 10 minutes later I was looking forward to my nice warm breakfast. In order to get the little pan out of the Instant Pot, I grabbed my rubber-tipped kitchen tongs. These are made to withstand heat but as I pulled the pan out, they seemed too pliable and in trying to hurry the pan to the counter, of course I spilled it. Not too much, but I completely ruined the recipe which was sitting there (which is why I don’t EVER cook with a library book in the kitchen). I scooped the spill into a bowl and when I went to scoop the rest of the grits to the bowl, I realized they were overcooked on the bottom. I tried to break up the lumps, but not very successfully.
As I ate my extremely lumpy grits, I decided to look up how people normally cook grits; there are TONS of these videos online. Apparently how to cook grits is on a lot of people’s minds. It took about ten seconds to find out that there are regular grits and instant grits. (Grit purists detest instant grits it turns out.) A quick check of my grits container told me where part of my mistake originated – I had instant grits – my recipe was meant for regular grits. However, after watching a couple of quick videos, I realized that my biggest mistake was using my Instant Pot to make grits. What a waste of time and electricity when you can just whisk grits into milk and water on the stove top and “voila”.. breakfast!
So Clyde, if you do find this cookbook, you can skip the Sweet Breakfast Grits recipe.
Do you make a mess when you cook? (Or do you have a favorite grits recipe?)