Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Dressed to Kill, Get It?

I came home from running errands and there was a delicious, scrumptious salad waiting for me. Nathan whipped it together from random things we had in the fridge. He got a little happy with the dressing, but, my god, can that boy make a salad dressing. He took so much pride in the montage of ingredients that he wouldn’t tell me all of them. I didn’t care so much. I was happy to be eating it, especially as I had just arrived home from about two hours of dazed grocery shopping. I went to the 24-hour Fiesta Mart, and it was just almost a religious experience. There are aisles and aisles of exotic and hard-to-find ingredients, super cheap, and I spent a lot of time dreaming about future cooking exploits. By the time I got home, I was starving.

Luckily I had an amazing salad all prepped and ready to eat! Mmmm, I’m getting giddy just thinking about it again. I know there were tomatoes, walnuts, avocados, Flax Seed Oil, nutritional yeast, artichoke hearts, celery, carrots, and I can’t think of what else. For some crunch, I had these Pecan Nut-Thins, by Blue Diamond. I’m still denying myself of wheat and gluten, so I’ve been eating a LOT of these crackers. They are super good, salty and with an excellent crunch, but unfortunately $2.19 a box (and we go through a box easily in one sitting).

I also found a baba ganouj version from Wheatsville that was slightly cheaper than the Tom’s Tabooley brand. Nathan liked it better. I think I prefer the Tom’s version, but both are pretty delicious. They are both pretty freakin’ fresh. Unfortunately, with unemployment still looming, I can’t get used to fancy-pants snacks.


sarah said...

if you have a blender or food processor, you should try making baba ganouj! i think it's pretty easy (just roast some eggplants, season, puree). you could probably make a huge vat of it for the same price as one of those little containers.

annette said...

you know, to be perfectly honest, i am intimidated by eggplants, for no real reason. they make great cartoon characters when i doodle, but i have yet to really cook with them. making baba ganouj myself (and getting over my eggplant block) sounds way better than buying already made stuff from the store.

i have a new project for the weekend!