Okay now - list ten things that appear to be more difficult than they actually are...
1) Picking up clothes off the floor
2) Putting dishes in the dishwasher
3) Starting a load of laundry
4) Picking fly-away cereal off the floors
5) Closing cupboard doors
6) Making beds
7) Throwing away empty containers of milk instead of putting them back in the refrigerator
8) Taking out the trash
9) Picking up the mail at the post office
10) Shutting the back door when you go outside
We've been having lots of conversation in our house lately about the skill level required to handle some of the above noted tasks.
I have been doing my best to debate the relative simplicity required. My subjects are dubious as to my claims.
Hey - I have to at least try. After all, they will have to argue to these same points to their own children someday. I need to give them ammunition in making those arguments, right?
Now, I must note that this has not been a totally losing proposition. We have made progress in acquiring these skills - most notably this past year or two.
Oh, here is one more thing that is less difficult than it appears to be - this summer vegetable tart.
Here, sheets of phyllo dough were layered with clarified butter and pre-baked to form a shell. I opted to layer the bottom of the tart with a couple tablespoon of collard green pesto that had been hanging out in my freezer - compliments of last year's CSA bounty.
Mushrooms and zucchini (I think the recipe called for different veggies, but I opted to use what was already in the fridge) were lightly sauteed, tossed with crumbled goat cheese and thrown into the prepared shell.
The hardest part of this whole deal - separating the pieces of phyllo from each other and brushing them with butter. Man, that stuff is thin.
Served at room temperature, this paired beautifully with salad and grilled fish.
This definitely looks more difficult than it actually was.
Speaking of which, about that laundry...
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