My sweetie has been invited to a coworker's for Thanksgiving, since he will be in Seattle, far from home. He has gotten it into his head that he wants to make an apple pie with cheddar cheese crust to bring with him. Here is the list of items he bought to make this pie:
He did not buy a peeler: he's peeling the apples with a knife.
He also did not buy a rolling pin: he's using a bottle he has lying around.
He did not buy a food processor: I have coached him over the phone in the fine art of making a pie crust by hand.
He did not buy butter: it's the only ingredient he already had.
I am going to his family's for Thanksgiving, and I am making the same pie. Here is the list of items I have bought:
The contrast makes me laugh. Now, I understand that part of the problem is that he is living a sparse existence without any of his stuff: his stuff is currently in storage and will be moved to Seattle with me. But believe me, I visited his apartment before he moved, and he would still probably have had to buy all these items except for the pie plate and possibly sugar. In the entire two years we've been together, I can remember him cooking only once.
Nevertheless, all attempts to suggest that he might try something slightly less complicated and which does not require quite so much equipment--such as a nice cobbler, or a simple cake--were roundly rejected. The suggestion that he perhaps use a pre-made crust was scoffed at. This is Something He Wants to Do. He is even making a test pie as I type, to work out the kinks before Thanksgiving.
I have only two things to say: 1) he's adorable; and 2) this is what happens when a man has no TV.