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165. Ham and Eggplant
He arrived home a little bit hungry. First,
had to take a small package of ham
of the freezer. But before he did that,
took the big pot off the stove and
about an inch of water in the bottom.
he put the steamer basket into the pot.
put the pot on the stove and turned
the gas burner.
He opened the refrigerator and
out an eggplant. He washed the eggplant with
and water, and then rinsed it. He sliced
eggplant into thin sections, and put them all
the big pot. He put the lid on
pot and set the timer to 20 minutes.
20 minutes, the eggplant would be deliciously soft,
like pudding. He would take half of it
of the pot, and put it into a
. Then he would add a little butter, salt,
pepper, and fresh-squeezed lemon juice. Then, he would
up some microwaved ham, add it to the
, and enjoy! But first, he needed to take
ham out of the freezer.
Before he did
, he took a lemon out of the fruit
on top of the refrigerator. He sliced it
half and looked around for the lemon squeezer.
was supposed to be hanging on a hook
the sink. It wasn’t, of course. He dug
the pile of clean dishes in his sink.
wasn’t there. He looked through all the stuff
all the countertops. He looked on the stovetop,
the fridge, and in the microwave. He looked
the kitchen drawers. He gave up.
at the dining table and cursed his lack
organization. I’ve spent half of my life looking
things I’ve spent the other half misplacing, he
. Just then he spotted the lemon squeezer, sitting
top of his printer. Of course, he thought.
else would it be?
The timer went off.
turned off the burner. He squeezed the lemon.
took half the eggplant out of the pot,
it into a bowl, added butter, and watched
melt. He shook salt and grinded pepper onto
eggplant, poured the lemon juice on the eggplant,
sat down at the dining table. He took
bite. It was delicious! But, something was missing.
was it? Just before the last bite of
, he remembered.