Usually, I am a very quiet and composed person. When my internet suddenly refused to function today, I calmly strolled over to the router, checking the lights. Thirty minutes later, no amount of unplugging, rebooting, and resetting would give me the signal I needed. Six attempts later, I finally dialed the help line of my cable company.
The list of problems we’ve had with our cable/internet provider can’t even be counted on ten fingers. There was a point when the New York manager must have had my name and address memorized. So, I wasn’t looking forward to making yet another phone call to customer service, and well, my voice may have gone up a few decibels today. After four transfers to the “appropriate” technical agent, the signal finally returned early this evening.
So, let’s just leave the usual photo post for tomorrow, okay? 🙂
Luckily, I had the perfect task set ahead of me to release my aggression.
I’ve been meaning to attack a coconut for a while, but fear of losing an arm in the process of cracking one has held me back. I think that was a valid phobia, but as it turns out, it was unwarranted. All I had to do was pull up a trusty coconut tutorial, place one hand firmly behind my back, and hope that my hand-eye coordination had improved since the last time I put it to the test.
I kind of wanted to close my eyes, but that didn’t seem like an intelligent idea.
Success! [Ok, I missed on the first blow, as you can see]. After scraping out the meat, I developed this very complex recipe:
chilled red pepper and coconut soup
- meat of one young coconut
- one red bell pepper
- 1/4 c fresh cilantro
Combine ingredients in blender. Refrigerate minimum one hour.
Served alongside a salad of red chard, kidney beans, and raw sweet corn (a random pairing with the soup – sometimes I can’t decide what I’m in the mood for).
The soup was so good. Often when creating a new dish, I determine the initial ingredients and add a couple extra as I go along. Once this one was blended, I tasted the mixture, expecting it would be missing a little something. But the simple elements combined perfectly: it was rich, deep in flavor, and absolutely delicious.
What’s the worst technical difficulty you’ve ever had to deal with?