Did you know my sisters gave me a coffee cup that has a picture of a queen, with the words “Domestically Disabled” on it? Yes, they did.

cup- domestically disabled

I’ve been trying to teach myself how to cook, by actually looking in cook books and following the instructions therein. It’s been a big help, for the most part.

Last Saturday I tried a new recipe from the cook book, “Fix It and Forget It Diabetic Cooking”. First of all, this cook book is all crock pot recipes. I love the crock pot. Using the stove-top or the oven often results in semi-raw meat or over-cooked shoe leather. The crock pot makes delicious, tender meat every time.

Secondly, it’s a diabetic cookbook, so it lists all the nutrients in each recipe. I especially look at the total carbohydrates. I try to keep my carbs down to 50 grams per day or less, so I look for recipes with 15 or less grams of carbs per serving.

The recipe for Creamy Nutmeg Chicken sounded good, and it only had 12 grams of carbs per serving. It was easy to put together, and it only took 3 hours to cook in the crock. I made 4 servings so I’d have lunches for most of the week.

I had the first serving for dinner Saturday night, hot out of the crock. It was …it tasted…well, it was so nutmeggy. It was the nutmeggiest. It tasted like soap.

I looked at the recipe again. It had a quarter-teaspoon of sage, a quarter-teaspoon of thyme, a quarter-teaspoon of rosemary, and 1 TABLESPOON of nutmeg. Yes, I’d read that right, and I’d put a tablespoon of nutmeg in the dish. Do you think that was a typo, and the author really meant a teaspoon of nutmeg?

Won’t be making that recipe again. Nope.

As I was eating the nutmeggiest chicken of my life, I flipped through the cookbook and found a section in the back that showed a sample meal plan for diabetics. It averaged over 210 grams of carbohydrates per day. That’s the equivalent of 14 slices of bread! Are they trying to feed diabetics, or kill them? This is why I always, always check the carb count before making a recipe.

Maybe I should be a little more discerning about the spice quantities, too.

Stay tuned…