Tardy Tasty Tuesday
I had such great things planned for this week’s edition of Tasty Tuesday, but alas it now must wait. I fully intended on giving you a step-by-step photo tutorial on how to make healthy homemade flour tortillas. In fact, tonight, I taught the ladies at my school how to make these tortillas and restaurant-style salsa. It was a ton of fun… so much fun that I forgot to quit chattering and cooking long enough to actually take the photos. Whoops! Another time, I suppose.
So, instead, this week we’ll talk about the Superbowl. Now, to be completely honest, I could care less about the actual game itself. I learned a long time ago from my mom that the food, fun, family and friends that happen to all come together on game day are way better. But, this year, we weren’t around to take part in any of the festivities. In fact, while the rest of you were chowing down on evening grub while watching the game, we were already beginning the next day on our side of the globe. Instead of watching the kickoff at 6:25pm on Sunday, Brook got up early to watch it at 6:25am Monday (while I stayed happily perched on my pillow) on a live stream online. Weird, huh? Once I actually realized it was Superbowl time (the lack of distinct seasons kind of messes with my sense of time over here), all I could think about was all the food I would be making if we were back in the States. All the menus, the dips, the people we would invite into our home to eat and yell at the television together…
But, we weren’t there, and there was no way I would be able to do all that cooking over here as a consolation – too expensive, wouldn’t be able to find half of what I’d need, and it would be way too much for the two of us to eat so early in the morning. I decided instead to choose one thing that I would be able to find every ingredient for and wouldn’t break our food budget. After all, we had to make it feel like home somehow, right? The pea salad I made one day out of desperation (meaning only a few things in my kitchen to work with) in college won the battle. And no, we didn’t eat it for breakfast. We saved it for supper.
Here it is. Simple, cold, yummy. Inspired by the flavors I love so much in a classic 7 Layer Salad. I think that’s what I really wanted the first time I made this, but what ended up going into the bowl was all I had on hand in the apartment. Doesn’t matter, I still like it! So what’s in it? Well, I don’t have any exact measurements (because I rarely actually measure things), but I can give you a general idea of what to throw in, and you can adjust it according to your own tastes, ok?
- One bag of frozen peas, fully thawed (You may give them a brief hot water bath, if you like, to speed up the process, but don’t actually cook them, or they’ll get mushy. They need to be crisp!)
- 5 or 6 slices of bacon, cooked, drained & crumbled (I like to dice it before cooking – easier, nicer-looking, and no crumbs)
- 2 or 3 eggs, hard-cooked & diced
- A bit of onion, whatever variety you like, diced in small pieces (not minced, not big chunks)
- Some cheese, also diced – I prefer a medium cheddar or colby
- Enough Miracle Whip to make it creamy, but not overwhelm the rest of the ingredients
- A splash of lemon juice
- Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
Like I said before, I don’t really have any exact amounts on anything other than using an entire bag of peas. Everything else is up for interpretation, up to your own tastes. Fun or intimidating? I know, I know, I really ought to start writing things down when I’m cooking… it’s getting a bit difficult to replicate meals in my mind when people ask for recipes. I promise I’ll work on this.
Now that you know what we ate to battle our homesickness during the Superbowl, it’s your turn to tell me what it was that you enjoyed back there in the States. Did you go to a party, did you stay at home, did you even acknowledge the day or just go about your daily business? If you hosted or attended a gathering, what did you bring? I’m curious to know!