Tuesday, October 5, 2010
NOT Spam Salad
I am pretty sure today was the start of the insanity for me. Kind of that lurking calm before the storm. The illustrator and I did not go on our walk because we really had far too much to do in order to get to the point where we are ready to make a mess. He finished his book (YAY!!!) and so he mentally is on a little break. I can tell a huge difference in even something as simple as his facial expressions when he gets these things off his shoulders. So, we ran to Hobby Lobby together to get some stuff for a photography presentation Jay is contributing to and then we went to the grocery store for a few odds and ends before my in-laws get here so they will be well fed! How in the world we spent $100 at the store when we only went for a few things is beyond me. I won't lie though, a pumpkin may have leaped into my cart so I could roast him. Yes, I can get canned pumpkin, however, the pumpkin was $6 and will make probably more than 10 cans of pumpkin. Oh and I need some to try this recipe from Heather. I think I will be covered on the pumpkin front for a while. 

Now for my odd dinner. We cooked a brown sugar glazed ham for the boys tonight and I had a little experiment cornbread in the fridge waiting to be used. I thought I was covered and forgot I did not have a protein for dinner. Enter my not spam salad. The illustrator said it sounded and smelled good, but that it looked like spam salad. Um, no it was a peanut butter apple carrot salad (made with peanut flour)! I thought this would be a perfect main dish to go with my buttercup squash yeasted cornbread. Well the salad was incredible, and might I add it had 16 grams of protein in it, but the cornbread was not good. 

See, it looks all innocent and smelled incredible, but the yeast just made it taste off. The illustrator actually asked me if every meal has to be some creation. Um, no, but it seems to be how my brain works lately. I can tell you this, there will be normal cornbread in my very immediate future! This was just a tease.

I guess this goes to show you that pretty things can taste nasty while ugly things can taste delicious...never judge a book by its cover.

Speaking of creating, this was a dessert pizza I made using the same cornbread, but it was the day I made the dough. I am thinking the yeast got over developed? This was really good though...buttercup squash pizza with a cornbread crust. I am not giving up on this...there is something there. I will accomplish what I set out to do. Like how I got all hero like with my baking?

So, operation tear down the room starts tomorrow. I hope for some calm in the madness!

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 8:04 PM  
  • At October 5, 2010 at 8:26 PM, Anonymous Heather (Where's the Beach) said…

    Oh that sucks that the cornbread didn't turn out. Jason has asked me a similar question - he always laughs at me b/c I'll just start rattling off recipe ideas. He is convinced I just can't stop and I can no longer have a "normal" dinner. Thanks so much for the mention. I really hope you try the recipe and like it. If you're not using canned pumpkin (which is softer) I'd add in some soy or almond milk to make sure it's smooth and creamy. I hope you have a great evening!

  • At October 5, 2010 at 8:27 PM, Anonymous Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said…

    Aww, boo for bad cornbread! But I think that "spam" salad looks delicious :-)

  • At October 5, 2010 at 8:30 PM, OpenID healthyexposures said…

    I was going to demand that cornbread recipe if you didn't post it, but then I read on...bummer it didn't turn out how you wanted! Sounds like an amazing idea, though - I have faith that you will develop it into something stellar ;) It is true, though - the ugly foods are always the best!!
    Good luck tomorrow! Dont forget to make it fun :P

  • At October 5, 2010 at 8:54 PM, Anonymous Estela @ Weekly Bite said…

    Thats salad looks great!

    Bummer about the cornbread.

    Have a great night!

  • At October 5, 2010 at 9:04 PM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    Sorry the cornbread was lame. :( I hate when you go through all the hassle and it falls short... maybe next time? :)

    Have a great night!

  • At October 5, 2010 at 9:17 PM, Anonymous Rachael said…

    I had to read after seeing a Spam reference..I was raised on a lovely concoction of spam, mushroom soup and white rice. My mother referred to it as meat-on-rice; I called it First Generation Irish Yuck.
    Cornbread can be temperamental, sadly, which is a negative character trait for such a divine food.

  • At October 6, 2010 at 12:41 AM, Anonymous Madeline - Greens and Jeans said…

    I hope your husband can take a bit of a mental break in between projects! My dad eats Spam and eggs probably once a month for breakfast. Gross.

  • At October 6, 2010 at 2:15 AM, Blogger Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said…

    i was at an appt yesterday and a guy was eating a spam roll. a tofu roll, nori and rice and the inside was spam + egg. Not ever in a million years my kinda food, but that's my spam story :)

  • At October 6, 2010 at 4:41 AM, Anonymous MelissaNibbles said…

    Sorry about the cornbread. Yay for the illustrator and less stress!
    Do you guys walk in the morning or at night? I don't know why I want to know that...sorry :)

  • At October 6, 2010 at 10:08 AM, Anonymous Holly @ couchpotatoathlete said…

    butternut squash pizza with a cornbread crust sounds amazing. Sorry about the cornbread -- a "yeasty" taste is no good!

  • At October 6, 2010 at 10:47 AM, Blogger laura said…

    Good luck with the studio project! I want to see pics when it's done! :)

  • At October 6, 2010 at 11:04 AM, Anonymous Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin said…

    Ha it really does look kind of like a spam salad but apple carrot salad with peanut butter dressing sounds wayyyy better! :)

  • At October 6, 2010 at 12:23 PM, Blogger Emily said…

    Good luck with the renovations!! I love the idea of your carrot and apple salad. Yum.

  • At October 6, 2010 at 12:35 PM, Blogger Christina said…

    haha, i love that he asked if every meal needed to be a creation. yes!!! i think so! haha.

  • At October 6, 2010 at 6:05 PM, Anonymous Michelle said…

    Is the 'not spam salad' recipe posted somewhere already? If not, care to share? *wiggles eyebrows a la Groucho* ;)

  • At October 6, 2010 at 8:06 PM, Blogger Nicole said…

    hah that sounds like something my husband would say! It does kind of look like spam but I bet it was so good. I had a fail today too, sometimes food isn't meant to be!

  • At October 7, 2010 at 10:32 AM, Blogger Peggy said…

    It's a shame the cornbread didn't turn out, but glad the "Not Spam Salad" did! I love when ugly things taste absolutely delicious!

  • At October 7, 2010 at 11:45 AM, Anonymous kate said…

    I love the title for this! When I was younger we went to the Spam museum on vacation...it was amazing.

  • At October 7, 2010 at 8:49 PM, Anonymous Kelly said…

    Oh yum...that not spam salad looks wonderful.

  • At October 7, 2010 at 11:15 PM, Anonymous Pure2raw Twins said…

    Sorry that the cornbread did not turn out. I agree do not judge a book by its cover... some things I have made may not have looked the best but sure tasted amazing ;)

  • At October 8, 2010 at 5:12 AM, Blogger Amy said…

    Bugger on the cornbread :( But that salad sounds awesome!

    I remember leaving pizza dough in my fridge to proof overnight once. The next day when I got it out, it smelled so much like beer I couldn't stand to even try and cook with it (I guess it was the yeast then too :( ).

    And if it makes you feel any better, I made some cornbread the other day. Like yours it came out of the oven looking fabulous, but smelled kind of .....wrong. When I tasted it it tasted like the cornmeal had gone rancid so I threw the lot out. It took me 2 days to figure out that it was the buttermilk I used in it (apparently I really don't like buttermilk!).

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