I’ve always used a soup ladle for more than just soup, but as sort of a general-purpose “serving spoon” for many things that were hard to dish up with a serving spoon. Soup, chili, spaghetti sauce, shaped pasta, gumbo, jambalaya . . . well, you get the idea.
With just Dave and me at home, I tend to serve up in the kitchen. And so a deep serving “spoon” — the soup ladle — was great for transferring lots of things from the pan to the plate.
And then we moved aboard Que Tal. And I discovered something interesting as I brought my box of kitchen stuff aboard. There wasn’t a single drawer anywhere on the boat, let alone in the galley, that was long enough to hold a soup ladle.
Oh my. I can’t really overstate the feeling that went over me. That’s when it really hit me that we were making a huge change in our lifestyle. Were we up to it? Yeah, I know. Over a soup ladle.
A few days later, as I was making cookies, I realized that I did have a short-handled “soup ladle” on the boat. My measuring cups.
You know what? They work perfectly. In lots of ways better than a long-handled soup ladle since the short handle means that I’ve got more control over it (and control is always good on a boat). The one-cup measure holds about the same amount as my old soup ladle.
Better yet, not only do they fit in the drawer, I already had them! Nothing new to find a place for.
And with that, it hit me again that yes, cruising was going to be different than living on land. But we’d find solutions to the problems.