I tend to go from zero to starving in what seems like a nanosecond.
Like, so hungry that my mouth is watering while I'm cooking, and not in that mmmm . . . that smells appetizing way, but more in that If this was the Donner Party, I wouldn't even finish chopping this lettuce, I'd just start gnawing on the husband's arm way.
Part of it is that I make a meal from scratch 99.5% of the time. No, no - no accolades. It's not that I'm better than you or am trying to give She Who Must Not Be Named a run for her money in being smug about my eating practices [only organic fresh ground black pepper from my artisan pepper mill to grace my bowl of celery ceviche, thanks].
It's mostly that I'm pretty particular about what we eat, and we went through a patch where we couldn't afford to eat out and so I cooked. Every. Fucking. Day.
And then, as we got more solvent, the meals would become more elaborate. Not gold leaf instead of lettuce leaves elaborate, more like, Hey, we can have hot dogs AND hamburgers for dinner [Hebrew National and turkey burgers, thanks] tonight! elaborate.
Which brings me to last night.
I finally made my Incredible Blue Cheese Coleslaw - and it was absolutely worth waiting for.
Of course, I was starving, since I skipped breakfast and had a meager lunch, so not only was I drooling for coleslaw, I needed to feed the beast. Because FOOD IS GOOD AND DELICIOUS. And when I'm really hungry? It's like a Henry VIII feeding frenzy in this place.
It's embarrassing the amount of food I will prepare for 3 people. The cooking switch gets turned on and I cannot be stopped.
So in addition to coleslaw, I made potato salad and corn on the cob [6 for $1.99! I can't remember if that's a good price or highway robbery! Well done, market!] and sliced up a Vidalia onion for the grill and the husband made burgers and hot dogs and chicken apple Gouda sausages [oh, good lord, you must eat those]. I also made a nice plate of toppings for the burgers, which only I ate, because evidently the husband and the girl had no interest in greenery on their bacon cheeseburgers. [Of course there was bacon.]
And it was so. fucking. good.
Here's the recipe:
Adapted from Ina Garten's Blue Cheese Cole Slaw Recipe - which is just as good. I'll give her that.
The Suniverse's Incredible Blue Cheese Cole Slaw
Serves: However many you want to let eat
1/2 small head red cabbage
1/4 - 1/2 cup mayo
1-2 TBSP apple cider vinegar [I've used red wine vinegar before & it's just as good]
1-2 TBSP spicy mustard
1/4-1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1. Rinse and chop cabbage. Sure, shredded cabbage looks nice, but it's a pain in the ass to eat flapping all over your mouth. I end up dicing it. No one's complained or died.
2. Put the cabbage in a large mixing bowl - larger than you'll think you need. Trust me.
3. Grab your car keys and head to the store - you didn't realize that you had about 2 TBSP of mayo in the jar in the fridge and NO BACK UP JAR in the pantry. This is nowhere near enough mayo for the slaw, potato salad and burgers. Swing by the grocery store nearest your house, which for some reason you never go to, and realize they've really spiffed the place up.
4. Vow to visit that grocery store more often.
5. Realize that's probably not going to happen because you're not a fan of that chain and be o.k. with that.
5. Back home, add the mayo, vinegar, mustard and seasonings to the cabbage. Stir to combine. Taste, and adjust seasonings. No, you don't need to taste that many times. Relax, it's almost dinner.
6. Add the crumbled blue cheese and stir.
Serve, and enjoy your addiction.
PS I would have posted a photo of the slaw, because I actually took a ton of pictures, except as I was uploading them to my computer, my camera battery died and I only have the one, so I got all the pictures on the camera EXCEPT of the slaw. Because of course.