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Friday, August 22, 2008
OK I think the epiphany has not arrived, but instead a sort of a groove. The level of creativity is growing and....WAIT!!!! DING DING DING!!!! EPIPHANY!!!!
Whew! First groove then epiphany. This tuna potato salad might not sound so appetizing to some foodies with gourmet tastes, but it's leading to something. It's the wax on wax off or paint the fence meal. One of them. This whole exercise (OK veering off into epiphany) is working the muscle of ingenuity. When this is all over on 10 September I will be stronger, better and faster. My instincts are sharpening with each meal. Each budgeted meal is stretching my imagination. I'm cooking for a family of 8. I have 3 jobs. Instead of throwing hot pockets in the oven I'm finding creative ways of dealing with second rate cans of tuna! The previous scenario was a complete metaphor. I actually have a family of 4 and no job and wouldn't think about preparing hot pockets either. Unless I was really stoned. That or steak-ums. Or for a hangover...OK moving right along.
This salad consists of a can of tuna, potatoes and mixed greens. Tomatoes from the garden and for the dressing? For the dressing...let me digress.
Back in 1990 when i was in college I had a part time job at a place called Chicken on the Range. Horrible place to work. The boss would say things like, "move it you fuckin' Jew" and charged minimum wage earning employees staff meals by taking X amount of dollars out of their paltry paychecks. There were some redeeming moments though. Like when the boss was away I would get to practice my culinary chops by getting behind the line and making chicken sandwiches. The cook who was a Chinese/Jamaican part time drug dealer used to let me get back there while he toked up a spliff. Normally I just bagged or delivered the chicken. Anyway there was this dressing they had...real white trash - Honey bbq. Back to the point...
I re-created this dressing by pure accident. In my rush to come up with something to dress this salad with I threw some mustard into some honey and mayonnaise with some...HA! I can't remember what gave it the bbq flavor. Oh well. It was yummy though.
This experiment is making me draw on memories and resources that are unconventional for what naturally comes to me in my present culinary life. Next thing you know I'll find a bag of dip mix and try and make a soup out of it. Sorry Melissa.
The Heady Pepper will resume it's normal level of "quality" by mid September when things even out. And I promise a video soon! I threw in some nostalgia to compensate for the lame meal. Undskyld.
- Aioli and potaotes
- The macaroni, the shrimp her wife and their lovers...
- Pork fried rice with a ray of sunshine
- Jam on it!!!
- Call for entries - I need a jingle!
- Shepherd's Pie and life lessons and talking out of...
- Mark Bittman rocks!
- Funny salad
- Chicken Verde!
- Penne in minimal month
- Dansk mad
- Egg and cheese Chapatis!
- Chicken balls!
- Minimal month!
- Braised ox tails!
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