What a beautiful hot summer's day. Nothing quenches your thirst on a day like today quite like an ice-cold can of coke.
What? As if.
The mere thought of chugging back a can of coke makes my teeth hurt and I can already sense that horrible furry teeth feeling that would surely follow that dosage of nauseating sweetness.
Was I the last to know that the 2009 slogan for Coke was "Open Happiness"? Open a bag of pea shoots. That is happiness! Or some fresh local strawberries, a home baked banana bread, a day at the beach, a sleep-in morning, laying in a hammock, dinner with friends... Happiness.
I opened a Coke... sunshine and rainbows did not come floating out. I didn't get a cuddle, or even a hug. Nope. No happiness. Just the nauseating brown syrup. Indirectly, however, the Coke did make me happy. Actually, given the day I had, it is possible that opening that can of Coke may have been the highlight of my day- thought this may not be saying much as my day included taxes, banks, lawyers, trying on jeans, and a mean email from a dietitian (maybe a combo of my least favourite things ever - I might as well have gone bathing suit shopping and gotten a needle).
But Coca Cola totally made it all okay. Coca Cola made my terribly burnt stainless steel Paderno frying pan (almost) good as new. Amazing!
And before you go on telling me that I should have tried baking soda and/or vinegar and/or lemon. I did. No luck. Coke was my last hope.
I simply put the frying pan on the stove, cracked that red can open, poured out its' contents, turned on the element and watched it simmer away the black burnt up bits. I threw in a little scrubbing and just like that, if I squinted like crazy, I could see my reflection in my frying pan (skillet if you want to get shmanzy).
Not that there would ever be a next time, but if there were, I would get two cans of coke and a steel wool pad to scrub with. And I am sure you are wondering what I had done to make such a mess of the pan in the first place since I never really fry anything.
I did that to the pan by trying to toast brown rice tortillas. Oopsy daisy. Now I toast them in the oven.
Any tips you'd like to share on delightful and unexpected uses for everyday 'foods'?