Wednesday, August 1, 2007

The I Can't Cook Entry / Chez Ranger

A lot of the bloggers that I like to read tell some great stories, have loads of good advice, and occasionally throw in a tasty recipe or two. Some have said that I have some humorous stories (usually but not always at my expense) and my advice normally consists of "whatever you do, don't do what I did that one time..." When it comes to cooking, I can make a tasty bowl of mac n' cheese and have a mean piece of toast, and that's about it.


Short story.

One day in college I came back from blowing a math test outta my ass (intro to pre-basic business math for complete morons (2nd time)), and was somewhat hungry from my battles with the dreaded calculator. Wandering through the living room/dining room/computer room/spare bedroom and into the kitchen, I opened up the fridge to reveal a 2 month old bowl of potato salad, some beers, one apple core, and 14 packages of honey. (Ah, the bachelor life). The freezer had a half full box of fish sticks...and half a tray of ice. Scrounging around the cupboards produced a bag with enough rice for a bowl, and lunch was planned.

While eating my fine cuisine, I could hear the neighbor girl step outside of her half of the duplex for a smokey treat. I head her talking on the phone, exclaim loudly, and walk over to my door. Opening the door (we were pretty close, keys to each other's places etc), she yelled "Oh. My. God. Something died out ther-...holy shit! It's in here! I could smell it from the porch!" lifting my snout from my scrumptious feast, I sniffed the air - smelled fine to me.

That was when she explained to me that while possible, it is not usually recommended to prepare fish sticks in the microwave. Also, expiration dates are something not to be tested. Interesting...

I thought of that story when I got an e-mail relating another funny military mis-adventure. I have gotten that e-mail a couple of times as it makes the rounds, but this is the first time that I have this blog thing to put it up on and have a somewhat easy place to refer back to it. This time, the e-mail had a link.

May I humbly present:

Chez Ranger

by Frank Rodgers

I had a date the other night at my place. On the phone the day before, the girl asked me to "Cook her something she's never had before" for dinner.

After many minutes of scratching my head over what to make, I finally settled on something she has DEFINATELY never eaten.

I got out my trusty case of MRE's. Meal, Ready-to-Eat. Field rations that when eaten in their entirety contain 3000+ calories. Here's what I made:

I took three of the Ham Slices out of their plastic packets, took out three of the Pork Chops, three packets of Chicken-a-la-King, and eight packets of dehydrated butter noodles and some dehydrated/rehydrated rice. I cooked the Ham Slices and Pork Chops in one pan, sauteed in shaved garlic and olive oil.

In another pot, I blended the Chicken a-la-king, noodles, and rice together to make a sort of mush that looked suspiciously like succotash. I added some spices, and blended everything together in a glass pan that I then cooked in the oven for about 35 minutes at 450 degrees.

When I took it out, it looked like, well, ham slices, pork chops, and a bed of yellow poop. I covered the tops of the meat in the MRE cheese (kinda like velveeta) and added some green sprinkly thingys from one of my spice cans (hey, if it's got green sprinkly thingys on it, it looks fancy right?)

For dessert, I took four MRE Pound Cakes, mashed 'em up, added five packets of cocoa powder, powdered coffee cream, and some water. I heated it up and stirred it until it looked like a sort of chunky gelatinous organism, and I sprinkled powdered sugar on top of it.

Voila--Ranger Pudding.

For alcoholic drinks, I took the rest of my bottle of Military Special Vodka (yes, they DO make a type of liquor named "Military Special"--it sells for $4.35 per fifth) and mixed in four packets of "Electrolytes - 1 each - Cherry flavored" (I swear, the packet says that). It looked like an eerie kool-aid with sparkles in it (that was the electrolytes I guess... could've been leftover sand from Egypt).

I lit two candles, put a vase of wildflowers in the middle, and set the table with my best set of Ralph Lauren Academy-series China (that shit is fucking EXPENSIVE... my set of 8 place settings cost me over $600), and put the alcoholic drink in a crystal wine decanter.

She came over, and I had some appetizers already made, of MRE spaghetti-with-meatballs, set in small cups. She saw the dinner, saw the food, and said "This looks INCREDIBLE!!!"

We dug in, and she was loving the food. Throughout the meal, she kept asking me how long it took me to make it, and kept remarking that I obviously knew a thing or two about cooking fine meals. She kind of balked at the makeshift "wine" I had set out, but after she tried it I guess she liked it because she drank four glasses during dinner.

At the end of the main course, when I served the dessert, she squealed with delight at the "Chocolate mousse" I had made. Huh? Chocolate what? Okay... yeah... it's Chocolate Moose. Took me HOURS to make... yup.

Later on, as we were watching a movie, she excused herself to use my restroom. While she was in there, I heard her say softly to herself "uh oh" and a resounding but petite fart punctuated her utterance of dismay.

Let the games begin.

She sprayed about half a can of air freshener (Air Freshener, 1 each, Orange scent. Yup. The Army even makes smellgood) and returned to the couch, this time with an obvious pained look.

After 10 more minutes she excused herself again, and retreated to the bathroom for the second time. I could hear her say "What the hell is WRONG with me???," as she again send flatulent shockwaves into the porcelain bowl. This time, they sounded kinda wet, and I heard the toilet paper roll being employed, and again, LOTS more air freshener.

Back to the couch. She smiles meekly as she decides to sit on the chair instead of next to me. She sits on my chair, knees pulled up to her chest, kind of rocking back and forth slightly. Suddenly, without a word, she ROCKETED up and FLEW to the bathroom, slammed the door, and didn't come out for 30 minutes.

I turned the movie up because I didn't want her to hear me laughing so hard that tears were streaming down my cheeks.

She came out with a slightly gray palor to her face, and said "I am SOOOOOO sorry. I have NO idea what is wrong with me. I am so embarrassed, I can't believe I keep running to your bathroom!!" I gave her an Immodium AD, and she finally settled down and relaxed.

Later on, she asked me again what I had made for dinner, because she had enjoyed it so much. I calmly took her into the kitchen and showed her all the used MRE bags and packets in the trash can.

After explaining to her that she had eaten roughly 9,000 calories of "Army food" she turned stark white, looked at me incredulously, and said "I ate 9,000 calories or dehydrated food that was made 3 years ago?" After I concurred, she grabbed her coat and keys, and took off without a word.

She called me yesterday. Seems she couldn't shit for 3 days, and when she finally did, the smell was so bad, her roommate could smell it from down the hall. She also told me she had been working out nonstop to combat the high caloric intake, and that she never wanted me to cook dinner for her again, unless she was PERSONALLY there to inspect the food beforehand.

It was a fun date. She laughed about it eventually, and said that that was the first time she'd ever crapped in a guy's house on a date. She'd been so upset by it she was in tears in the bathroom while I had been in tears on the couch.

I know, I'm an asshole, but it was still a funny night.


SpeakerTweaker said...

I don't care if it's real or not. The idea of a chick, let alone a petite chick, having a Colon Blow moment in the bathroom DURING a date on food that we all know has that effect is just damned funny.

I can almost hear it music...sick, sick music...


Deborah Aylward said...

Maybe it's just my own wacky sense of humour, but I can't stop laughing!!!!!!!!

That is THE funniest date story I have ever heard...oh, my...thank you so much, sir!!! I'm also very glad that she was able to laugh about it afterwards...even better!

Veritas et Fidelis Semper

Old NFO said...

That "IS" the ultimate payback... I've seen it and as usual, people 'swear' it's true. Having eaten my share of C rats, K rats and MRE's I have never seen anything other than Tabasco that could help the taste of any of them...

Good Stories though- Thanks!

Mark said...

I just linked it from my page. Oh Lord I think I broke my chair again....

Hammer said...

I remember that MRE story!

The chicken ala king was considered the worst when they first came out.

Fish sticks tend to smell like dead rats when they are old and taken out of cryogenic storage.

Chris in SE TX said...

I have just finished reading all of your previous posts. They are hilarious!!!!

Please, PLEASE, keep posting!!!!

JP said...

Deborah sent me over to have a look...Great stuff. I'll have to put you in my blogroll and come on back regularly!

Murphy said...

Yeah, MREs weren't nicknamed 'misteries' (MREs, get it?) for nuthin'. Oooh, and too much of the MRE cheese? Hope you know lamaze, 'cause your gonna need it. Happy to hear that some are enjoying my little stories, and some of the stories that make me chuckle.