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A long story – now go check out Average Betty

July 22, 2011
by Erin B

This is about to be the most disjointed post ever.  It spans five years.  Please bear with me.

This morning at 2am, Toddler girl had a bad dream or something and started screaming.  She kept screaming while I woke up, found my pants, came upstairs, tripped on a toy, curse, found the right room and got her untangled from her sheets.  When she finally stopped screaming and woke up, she gave me heck for not washing the dishes.

When you are two, nightmares don’t have to make sense.

For the record, yes I had washed the dishes before going to bed last night.

Anyway.  It took me a while to go back to sleep.  When the alarm went off, I must have turned it off without breaking a REM cycle because no one heard it and we all slept in until 8:05 am.  That is really late for us.  I stumbled bleary eyed to the coffee and sat down to check my email.

Average Betty had commented on my blog!!!!!

I said something that made Toddler girl tell me “Bad Word, Mama!” and glare at me with her grumpy face on.

Here’s my story about Average Betty.  In 2006, T and I were engaged and I was working part time at the local hospital.  I had a ton of vacation saved up since the house always takes all our money.  No surprise, we bought a fixer upper.  We are in it for the long haul.  We also had no money to pay for a wedding.  So, I took my vacation and went to work in BC for 6 weeks over the summer to cover vacation for staff in Valemont.  I was that way getting my regular pay cheque, which covered our expenses and a second pay cheque that went straight into savings for the wedding.  The hospital had a suite for locum staff.  The kitchen was tiny, the whole place was tiny but there was internet and I had a lap top.

And nothing to do.  It was a small town and I didn’t know anyone and I was there to earn money not spend it socializing at the local bar.  That was where I discovered podcasts in iTunes.  Yeah, they are every where now, but that was early days.  I started watching Cali Lewis back when it was Geek Brief  and the episodes and still in single digits.  The podcast feature eventually lead me to Average Betty.

I have to think hard here for a moment.  It was a long time ago and as P. K. Page said, memory is a fiction writer.  I THINK I saw the Hey Fajquitos™! episode before it was pulled, but maybe not.  I am sure that by the fried rice episode, I was at home and watching them with C.  Back in the day, the episodes were really fun and goofy and perfect for watching with a 8 or 9 year old.  C started wanting to try the recipes right away.  Over the years we have tried almost all of them, at least the ones that were even vaguely suitable for a diabetic.

Average Betty is my hero.

No really.  My two most inspirational celebrity chefs are:

1.  Average Betty – because she got me started and her recipes always ALWAYS work

2. Alton Brown – because he is just so science geeky and almost all of his recipes work. (although the blueberry jam was a bitter disappointment, and the cupcakes were just sort of OK)

But more importantly, she gave C some good food experiences and some motivation to try cooking.  Back then, C was too skinny and hated food and was still struggling with the whole idea of being diabetic and now she is 13 and seriously considering commercial cooking as a profession.  That is a HUGE deal.  The tag line at the time was “Work with what you got!”  and boy did that ever apply to us!   In our blended family and our falling down house and my on going job problems since I’m trying to work in an urban center with rural healthcare training.  In someways, work with what you got describes my whole life.

Thank you Average Betty!  I miss the goofy episodes, but keep up the good work!  I keep waiting for you to put out a cookbook!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 25, 2011 6:55 pm

    Is it Erin? You know me so well. I’m truly honored. I am so happy my recipes ALWAYS work for you and your family. That C wanted to cook after seeing the show and she is still going cooking up a storm. I’m grinning from ear to ear as I type this. I love Alton, too and “Work with whatcha got” will always explain everything about me, even if it’s not the tagline anymore. I know the episodes aren’t as goofy as they used to be but I’ll always be a dork. And yeah… a cookbook. Gotta get that together 🙂

    Thank you so much for letting me in to your life!

  2. July 25, 2011 6:57 pm

    It is Erin! 🙂 Nice to meet you…

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