I has a wondering if this is what the dentist keeps warning me against when he goes "you drink a lot of soda, don't you?" But I'm hoping it's just something with the pasta of sauce. 'Cause after a second good, solid brushing my teeth go back to feeling smooth and lacquered and don't get chalky again. Hmmm....
Ok, back to food-
So yesterday when I was cooking my pastas, RM's 1&2 were in the living room (1 was reading Naruto fan fic, 2 was in what looked like a PUG). I was just cooking the pasta, tofu, sauce- no really good extras. Oh, there might have been some salt (some?) and a bit of balsamic vinegar, but not much. They thought it smelled like corn, or maybe salty chocolate.
I'm not sure what is wrong with their noses, or my wok, that they'd think those things smelled like what I was cooking, but... yeah. I finished up my cooking super speedy then, and crawled back into my cave to nom it. Om nom nom.
Yesterday Kim said she doesn't see what the problem is with eating pasta all day, every day. Other than the strange chalky tooth thing, i get that. Problem is, I only know two or three things to put over that pasta. Science (and the .gov) tells me that I need a varied diet.
Ok, wait, slight de-rail.
Has anyone out there flipped through diaries or cookbooks from the whole US westward expansion? How about read the Little House books? Or even just loaded up a wagon for a game of Oregon Trail? These were not "varied eating" kinda people. They might have had some veggies, but food was salted meat, fresh caught fish, cornbread, wheat bread when they were feeling rich, and a whole heck of a lot of beans. Eggs if they had chickens, milk and cheese if they had a cow or goats.
Now, I don't eat a lot of that, but there really wasn't a huge variety. And sure, they grew veggies, but not as much as people are supposed to eat today. And not a huge variety, either- there wasn't a whole lot of time left after cooking, cleaning, chasing kids, chasing cows, and so on for advanced gardening and preserving. Grow ten different things that require in-depth preservation techniques and you'd run out of time!
What was I talking about?
Oh, yeah, variety.
So anyway, while I suspect that too much emphasis is put on "variety" of fruits and veggies in peoples diets today, I still try for general variety. Black beans one week, pintos the next. Corn bread one week, then wheat bread, then pitas, then... And if I can find/ make some cash space for varied veggies, that'll be great. Right now, though, I'd be happy with a 10lb sack each of garlic, onions, and sweet and white potatoes. Om nom nom.
Now, I need to figure out what to sauce the last 8oz of pasta with, since I finished the red stuff. Maybe carmelized onions, roast garlic, and pureed tofu/ almonds? Kinda like an alfredo?
QOTD- I kinda led into this yesterday, then spazzed and forgot it. What's something you love to eat, made of real foods, that either ends up more expensive, or far less healthy than it should- like my cheese/ onion/ pasta mix?