December 26, 2009
I have a little theory. Humour me if you will, while I talk it through.
You see its this: I believe there's a correlation between culinary skill and life-stage. For example, you haven't moved out of childhood until you can be trusted to use a kitchen knife. And you're not really an adult until you can prepare a meal on your own.
So when I decided to include glazed ham as part of our Christmas festivities this year, I felt sure that it meant I must finally be very grown up indeed. The picture in my head was of an edible show-piece, worthy of the sort of reveal that should always be accompanied by a big ta-dahhhhh.
Mid-afternoon yesterday I departed the last of our lunch celebrations at my parents' place and hurried home to begin preparing the ham ahead of the dinner guests arriving. I whipped the ham out of the fridge with a flourish, forgetting its weight. The momentum behind 4 kilos sent the ham straight to the floor. Hmmpph. A dent on one side - perhaps the guests wouldn't notice. I braced myself and hoisted it back on to the bench.
After struggling with shrink-wrapped plastic, I set about to remove the rind. All the instructions I had read, suggested this was no harder than say, peeling an orange. My prissy, ineffectual little cuts with a kitchen knife brought no joy. Maybe the knife was a bit blunt. I started to cut and hack until preparations were beginning to look less White Christmas and more shower-scene-from-Psycho. Success.
Having cleaved the rind, I tried to pull it away. It was kind of stretchy and rubbery. I pulled. It became sort of a ham tug-o-war. Pull, pull, pu-u-u-l-l-l-l. Ah-ha -it started to come away ... when suddenly ... the ham rind snapped like a giant rubber band. Thwack.
Ham rind in the side of my head. And as I stood there with bits of ham fat and meat in my hair, stuck to my face and alluringly across my decolletage, I giggled hysterically.
Perhaps I still have a bit of growing up to do.
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