Cooking The Prompts

13 Feb

You’re at the beach, lounging on your towel, when a glistening object at the water’s edge catches your eye. It’s a bottle — and yes, it contains a message. What does it say?

Drink Me.  Oh, wait…you’re not Alice.  Damn rabbit!


Tell us about something you’ve tried to quit.


Did you go cold turkey, or for gradual change?

Cold turkey.  It was Christmas.

Did it stick?

What do you think?

What’s the one item in your kitchen you can’t possibly cook without? A spice, your grandma’s measuring cup, instant ramen — what’s your magic ingredient, and why?

The Hub.  If he’s not there, cheering me on and hugging me through my failures, I go to pieces.  I once incinerated a pack of chippolata sausages because he was in another country instead of my kitchen.  I have to burn food so I know when it’s cooked (I was one of the few people to take notice of all those safety adverts as a child).  I need the Hub there to tell me when ‘burnt to a cinder’ is too much.

What’s instant ramen?


You’ve been granted magical engineering skills, but you can only use them to build one gadget or machine. What do you build?

Star Trek TNG‘s food replicator.  

But then I wouldn’t need the Hub…what to do, what to do?


What’s the household task you most dislike doing? Why do you think that is — is it the task itself, or something more?

Previous answers refer.


Write a post that includes dialogue between two people — other than you. 

A True Story, almost

The Hub: Where’s your Mum?

Tory Boy: In bed.

The Hub: Where are the boiled eggs?

Tory Boy: On the ceiling.

The Hub: She cooked?

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned from the person you’re the closest to?

To leave the cooking to him.

Actually, not any more; his M.E. means that he can’t cook these days.

So I guess the lesson is, marry someone rich enough to afford takeaways.


It’s January 26. Write a post in which the number 26 plays a role.

Hello?  I’d like to order a Number 26, two 14s and a 32, please.


Tell us about the nicest thing you’ve ever done.

Stopped cooking for my family.


If you could fast forward to a specific date in the future, when would it be?

The day the replicator is finally invented.


29 Responses to “Cooking The Prompts”

  1. slpmartin February 13, 2014 at 17:37 #

    Thanks for the morning chuckles…always enjoy you clever responses to the prompts.


  2. Karen Snyder February 13, 2014 at 17:48 #

    Speaking of smoke alarms . . . The one in the kitchen at our new place absolutely MUST be relocated….doesn’t even like the smell of toast! 😉

    Chuckling here! 😀


  3. bumblepuppies February 13, 2014 at 17:51 #

    Does that mean you won’t be cooking fish and chips for all of your followers? 😦 I miss the authentic British version…


    • The Laughing Housewife February 13, 2014 at 21:30 #

      If I cook it, you will come. 🙂

      Laughing my head off here – meant to sound like The Voice from Field of Dreams but what I sound like is a woman trying to put off unwanted guests 😀

      What I meant was:

      If you come, I will cook it!


  4. Ron. February 13, 2014 at 17:59 #

    What is the “cooking” of which you speak?


  5. laurieanichols February 13, 2014 at 18:25 #

    I have missed your posts inspired by the prompts so, so, so much! Thank You!!!!!


  6. Al February 13, 2014 at 18:40 #

    Since you burn so much food, do you have the local fire brigade on retainer?


  7. judyt54 February 13, 2014 at 18:53 #

    oh i so have to agree with the food replicator. after 45 years of meals (never do the math, it will terrify you) nearly every day, and being married to Mr. Fussy for all of that time, you can see how it gets old very fast.

    We no longer have a smoke detector in the kitchen, i mean i KNOW when something is on fire, i don’t need reminiders…

    thank you, Tilly, on a dark day, you have cheered me up immensely. Im putting your name in for sainthood,


    • The Laughing Housewife February 13, 2014 at 21:31 #


      You put it in my head-I did the math-I AM terrified!


    • The Laughing Housewife February 13, 2014 at 21:32 #

      On a more serious note, I’m sorry you are having a dark day.


      • judyt54 February 14, 2014 at 00:33 #

        well theres a blizzard howling out there, and a full moon, and those two things alone can darken even winnie the pooh. But you are a light in the middle of all that, definitely. it helps to be able to laugh at my own goofiness, and you remind me of that. thank you.


  8. colonialist February 13, 2014 at 19:24 #

    Good hearty meals … I mean, chuckles!


  9. penpusherpen February 13, 2014 at 19:50 #

    as a fantastic cook myself ( pause for choking sounds) oh alright, , as an ok (stop and listen, nope that’s fine) cook adoodle, I loved the above asides, and all the funnies. Thanks for making me laugh at myself and at life’s burnt offerings. xPenx


  10. katharinetrauger February 13, 2014 at 19:54 #

    Too funny, as always! ❤ K


  11. February 13, 2014 at 21:53 #

    Since Maltesers have been invented, who needs anything else?


  12. sharechair February 13, 2014 at 22:43 #

    I don’t enjoy cooking. I’ve tried to like it. But I just don’t. Fortunately prepared food is getting better and better. Trader Joe’s is my own go-to ‘food replicator’. Need a meatball? Just reach in the bag. My kind of cooking!


  13. robincoyle February 14, 2014 at 00:15 #

    Remind me to turn down all invitations to your house for dinner unless you are ordering #26.


  14. jmgoyder February 14, 2014 at 12:12 #

    Ah you clever wit!


  15. bevchen February 14, 2014 at 12:40 #

    LOL, you never fail to amuse me 😀


  16. Rorybore February 14, 2014 at 16:56 #

    I can order pizza from my iPhone – that’s pretty close.
    And fire alarm constantly goes off when anyone cooks in my house. As soon as the oven preheats to a certain temperature, that annoying beep starts. Even a hot shower will set it off.
    I bet the darn thing will fail during a real fire. sadly there is no real way to test that except…


  17. Grannymar February 15, 2014 at 12:46 #

    Glad to see you are on top form and cooked up a really great post for us.


  18. benzeknees February 17, 2014 at 01:37 #

    Kelvin is doing all the cooking now too – thank goodness. I can cook well, but I had totally lost interest in the task my skills were getting sloppy! Now I’m too sick to cook, so I get my meals prepared for me, yeah! (not yeah about the sick part but about not having to cook anymore)


    • The Laughing Housewife February 17, 2014 at 08:57 #

      There’s always a silver lining 🙂

      So sorry you’re not well enough to do the things you don’t like 😉


I welcome your comments but be warned: I'm menopausal and as likely to snarl as smile. Wine or Maltesers are an acceptable bribe; or a compliment about my youthful looks and cheery disposition will do in a pinch.

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