Little something extra inspired by Shatner’s classic Deep Fried Turkey video.
Jim looked up from the contraption he’d set up in their side yard. He was on his hands and knees, inspecting it. He was dressed in old beat up jeans and a yellow plaid flannel shirt. Over that he had a jacket, as, though it was only November, the chill in the air was quite pronounced.
“Perhaps we ought to pre-order our Thanksgiving meal from CJ’s.”
CJ’s was a restaurant in the city nearby that Jim quite liked. They had a sparing amount of vegetarian dishes also. They had been advertising their “Heat-N-Serve” meals since the beginning of the month.
Jim frowned. “CJ’s? Why?”
“You like CJ’s,” Spock reminded him, rather than directly answer.
“I do, yeah. But we can get CJ’s any time. This is special. I want to use this.”
Spock pursed his lips. “But…”
“Bones will appreciate it too.”
“Perhaps then you ought to wait for Doctor McCoy to arrive before you…”
Jim leaned back on his haunches a bit and glared up at Spock. “What are you getting at, Mister?”
“Last year, attempting to deep fry your turkey did not…go well.”
There had been a fire and burns. Both of Jim’s hands had to be bandaged. They were fortunate that was the only part of him burned.
“I’ve learned a lot since then. I won’t do that again.”
“You also like roasted turkey. We could put it in the oven. I can assist.”
“I want a delicious, juicy turkey.” Jim pouted a bit.
“And it will be, roasted in the oven,” Spock assured him. Not that he knew anything about eating turkey. Jim had already made a menu for them that included many vegetarian dishes. Far more than they could get at CJ’s, admittedly.
Jim sighed then. He struggled to his feet. He looked mournfully at the fryer he had obtained after the one from last year burned up. “But what’ll I do with this?”
“Return it?” Spock suggested gently.
“Return it? But…you don’t think I can handle it, do you?”
“I would rather not take the chance, Jim. It was very frightening last year.”
“Fine.” Jim sighed again. “Fine. I don’t want to freak you out.”
“I appreciate that. Come inside. I’ll fix us something warm to drink.”
Jim cast one last glance at the fryer, then went up the steps to follow Spock into the farmhouse.
“How does hot cocoa sound?”
Jim’s steps faltered. “Coco? Does that mean…”
Spock smiled slightly. “Yes. Happy Thanksgiving.”
Jim grinned. “Feeling better already.”
November 22, 2020 at 5:31 am
Glad Jim decided against frying the turkey. Don’t want anyone catching fire this holiday season.
We are getting a hot n ready meal as aunt and uncle, logically, canceled the big family gathering.
November 22, 2020 at 9:00 am
Yeah I know a few that are doing that sort of thing this year and it makes sense for those who don’t cook themselves!
November 22, 2020 at 9:54 am
It is just way to stressful cooking in our small kitchen. Grammy and I end up arguing and yelling and yeah…no to that. We will just pick up the meal
November 22, 2020 at 8:10 am
I can literally hear their voices!
Spock certainly knows how to reward his man for a job undone. So cute. Thank you for the surprise.
Oh, and I learned something yesterday watching one of the chefs on PBS. He said, in addition to all the other stuff he used to prepare his turkey, to back it upside down, because that way all the juices would settled into the breast meat and make it tender. He said it’s not as pretty a presentation, but the turkey is super tender and juicy. I’ve never heard anyone say to do that before. But it kind of looked like the turkey in your picture.
I LOVE that Shatner video.
November 22, 2020 at 8:11 am
November 22, 2020 at 9:02 am
I knew that’s what you meant! 🙂
November 22, 2020 at 9:02 am
That is interesting! I searched for a “fried” turkey pic and that’s what came up so I used it
I love that video too. Watched it twice already this year ha ha. So incredibly silly but I must watch it at Thanksgiving every year
Yes Jim is gonna get lucky. Spock figures better that than deal with Jim burning himself up ha ha
November 22, 2020 at 8:20 am
I love this! Spocks quiet and determined concerned is just fantastic and I love that Jim still tried to talk him into it, yet capitulated in the end. Bc he would do anything to keep Spock happy. Even if it means not getting deep fried turkey.
Happy sigh. I love them.
November 22, 2020 at 9:04 am
Yes you know I have never had one because I am like Spock. No deep frying. Too dangerous! Really warm years we have put ours on a rotisserie spit though and it is delicious!
November 22, 2020 at 11:04 am
Spock is wise. Frying turkey sounds super dangerous. Best to leave that to the professionals! I’m glad Jim listened to Spock., so as he says, he won’t freak out. Jim is stubborn but he knows that Spock is right about a lot of things. Then Jim’s reward is quite literally sweet! Mmmmmm! Vulcans and cocoa!!!
Now you made me go watch Shatner’s fried turkey video including the remix version. I’ve seen it before, but it made me Lol!
November 22, 2020 at 2:14 pm
I only watch the remixed version with the song lol