Thursday, December 3, 2009

Engineering an omelet

Last week I saw The Engineer holding a plate of delicious-looking breakfast--eggs with fresh spinach, tomatoes, and cheese. It looked fantastic, and I commented on it.

"Yeah," he said, "I was going to make an omelet. But I put the eggs on the griddle (which is totally flat with no edges) and it started going everywhere, so I turned it into a scramble instead."

I looked at my highly-intelligent husband, my Engineer who does design work for water and wastewater treatment plants, who is an expert at water flow (but apparently not egg flow), and started to giggle.

"Why in the world," I asked, "did you use a griddle for an omelet?"

Thankfully he laughed too. "I don't know," he admitted.

We got a good laugh out of his plate of scrambled eggs (that tasted just as good as an omelet would have.) And I decided that while I'd be happy to trust my drinking water to him, maybe food engineering is best left to me.

9 comments:

Rachel Cotterill said...

That made me laugh so hard. I do silly things all the time - the number of times I've had to decant something from one pan into a bigger pan is just ridiculous. Unless I use my 26-inch casserole, I always seem to get it wrong.

And now, I really want eggs...

Alicia said...

Having worked with engineers, this really doesn't surprise me. One told me one time that "engineers think differently than normal people".

Call Me Cate said...

My husband, while not an engineer, has his undergrad degrees in Computer Science and Accounting. He's a black and white, logical, numbers kinda guy. Which is why I laughed at your post because - yes, I've been there. Glad your Engineer had a sense of humor about it. :)

LEstes65 said...

Too funny! And after tasting your home made potato soup and that amazing bread, yes, leave all food engineering to YOU. Which means you need to install a drive-through window in your house.

Melinda said...

That is so funny. My husband can take apart just about anything electronic and put it back together again in working order, or program something in a computer language I have never heard of. However, he can't remember what setting to put the washing machine on to wash a load of clothes.

Jeff D'Antonio said...

Engineers design stuff; build stuff; solve complex differential equations in their sleep...but no one in their right mind would EVER let one near the kitchen (says the guy with a graduate degree in engineering, who can't make TOAST without something going horribly awry...)

Thanks for the laugh.

The Clines said...

What a funny story! Did he make breakfast for you too? You deserve it!
Teresa

2cats said...

You mean you can't make eggs on a griddle? Who knew? LOL At least they tasted good.

someblogsite said...

Eggs are much more viscous than water. Egg flow would not be quite the same as water flow.

But I'm an electrical engineer, so I'm no good at cooking either.