Taboo Word 9/20/16
During the summer, once the three of us were past the screen door, it was locked behind us. There were very few excuses that would change this situation. Once we were out, we stayed out. Period.
During the winter, after a big snowstorm, we begged to be allowed to go outside. Most times it was as though the door was locked on the other side, and we could not go out and play with all that snow.
During the spring, we were allowed to go through that door, anytime we wanted, as long as there was daylight, and it wasn’t time to go back for supper. I dreaded supper during the week.
Every night during the week, the food was the same, only a little different. Every weeknight there was a pot of boiled potatoes, a smaller pot that held one can of vegetables, usually the much hated can of mixed vegetables.
And then there was the plate, which held one piece of meat. It could be a small steak that we had to divide among the five of us, or it could be two chicken breasts, and every so often, a piece of liver thrown out there for variety, I think.
Needless to say, the portions that each of us got were minimal, and yet almost every night, my brothers would sit there, refusing to eat something that was on their plate. They would often sit there for a very long time, and she would not relent. The ruler of the house, and everything outside the house for that matter, always had the last say.
Occasionally we would get a break from this and she would fix two boxes of Kraft macaroni and cheese. Everyone gobbled this up, and there usually wasn’t enough of that even.
Saturdays were the bane of my life. One time, she actually read a recipe that was on the back of a box of noodles.
The recipe was for Tuna Tempter. I remember it to this day, and it has been almost 40 years since I’ve had to make it, or eat it.
Melt 2 Tbsp of butter on the bottom of the pan. Saute one small onion, diced, until soft. Add one can of Cream of Mushroom soup and 1/2 can of milk. Stir until it is bubbly and well mixed. Add 1 bag of egg noodles, and stir well. Pour the noodle mixture to an oven-safe casserole dish. Place on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 29 minutes. Melt 1 Tbsp butter and add 1 slice of bread, torn to little pieces. Coat bread crumbs well with the butter. Sprinkle over the top of casserole, and place back on the oven rack for one minute.
He worked a half-day on Saturdays, and this Tuna Tempter was to be ready by 1:15. Every Saturday. Without fail. I hate Tuna Tempter, and most other casseroles for that matter.
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