Tuesday, February 23, 2010
new food experiment
Ahhhhh... food... i remember when i was eating various sorts of solid food and not just Saltines and Special K and raisins cause that's what my recently virus-attacked GI system can handle. Someday -perhaps tomorrow- i'll have food real food again. Anyhoo, last week -before the unpleasantness- i continued to do new things by making a dinner of completely new-to-Niki food. I had a coupon for Morning Star products and found these Asian Veggie Patties on sale - hey i am happy to try new things when it costs 87 cents for 4 patties or less than 22 cents a piece. The egg noodles were from the Dollar Tree and i wanted to try them cause i love Ramen noodles, but they are crazy high in fat and these claimed to be fat free. Plus, at a dollar for 4 servings or 25 cents a piece how could i go wrong? AND, they are made from duck eggs - how cool is that? Duck eggs would certainly be new. Soooo... i made my stir-fry base from shredded broccoli -a new technique for me- and added some chunk broccoli and carrots and snow peas -not at all new; i just like them- and sauced it up with soy, chili paste and a new chili sauce. Then i cooked up the noodles and added them to the pan. The veggie patties got nuked because that really is the best way to cook them and i served it all up on my beloved vintage Dragon and Phoenix china Gotta say - it was yummy. The amount i cooked easily covered me for dinner and lunch the next day; factoring in the veggies and sauce this new experience cost me $2.70 or $1.35 per serving. I wish all of this years' new experiences could be this tasty and cheap. The only drawback was that the patties were a little salty and the stir-fry sauce was a little spicy so i was left with the need for a touch of something sweet and tongue cleansing - like a lemon sorbet. Or some almond cookies. Or even a fortune cookie. But alas, there were no such things to be found in the pantry. I substituted the closest thing available a 100 calorie pack of mini shortbreads. Wow. That is a far, far cry from fortune cookies, for Pete's sake. You know we are all about authenticity and classiness here in the Nikiverse.