Ambiguity is the Devil’s volleyball.
I made Tony a casserole to take to the men’s meeting at church this morning. You know the kind: eggs, bread cubes, sausage, some milk, herbs, spices and red bell peppers. His instructions last night were to get up, turn on the oven for 10 minutes, then put the pan in, bake for 25 minutes, remove foil and bake another 10. That should have gotten him a hot casserole fit to help Lutheran men do what must be done on a cold morning.
Alas, no one has invented see-through foil.
Tony, bless his heart, didn’t look at the casserole this morning before he put it in the oven. So, he didn’t know that he was putting in the oven the lasagna I had defrosting. I am sure it hadn’t had time to thaw in the fridge since I took it out of the freezer yesterday afternoon. So, 5 minutes before he has to leave for the meeting there is a half frozen Italian specialty in my oven getting overcooked on the edges and undercooked in the middle, while there is a raw breakfast casserole that feeds 10 untouched in my fridge.
I barked “NO, you idiot!” at him when he came into the bedroom and asked if my casserole involved red sauce. (See, that was unkind of me. But I was sleeping. And one ALWAYS looks under the foil before one puts a casserole in the oven. Don’t you?)
In my defense, the lasagna pan was half the size of the casserole pan.
And, I wasn’t annoyed so much that he baked the wrong pan as I was mad that my feeding-the-family plan for the weekend and Monday is now super screwed. That, and I. Don’t. Want. Lasagna. For. Breakfast. Just not ever.
I told him to take the uncooked casserole to the men’s meeting and cook it up there. He said that if it seemed like they had enough food, he would just put it in the fridge there and I could cook it tomorrow and we could share it at the fellowship time. That seemed like a good idea to me. I hated the idea of the casserole going to waste.
Now I am wondering, should I have told him to tell the other men not to eat the casserole raw? I mean, this morning is proving that I need to be REALLY specific with these guys when it comes to food.