cynth (cynthtastic) wrote,

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Notes on salad

I spent $20 on vegetables, and I think I may only have a day or two's worth of food. Do you know how many days I could live on $20 utilizing the McDonald's dollar menu?

I spent an hour slicing and peeling and chopping. I dirtied many dishes and utensils. This is a lot of work.

The end result is admittedly delicious. I am well pleased with it, and it won't have time to spoil before I can finish it. I'm also left with one cucumber and one avocado that would have been too much, so the next salad will be cheaper.

I started out with fresh cracked pepper, ground sea salt, and dried oregano. Then I added some olive oil and the juice of one lemon. (Must buy a reamer for juicing lemons.) I peeled and sliced two avocados -- messy business the clumsy way I do it. I sloshed these around in the lemony muck, hopefully preventing or delaying their browning. I peeled and pretty much minced a small shallot. (I hear they're milder than onions, so I hope not to wake up tomorrow tasting shallot. Perhaps I'll try scallions next time.) I peeled, sliced, and removed the seeds from a large cucumber. I halved a bag of cherry tomatoes. Then the easy part: I dumped in a container of pitted kalamata olives and another of feta crumbles. Stir. Eat. Yum.

I ate half a pint of raspberries all by myself.

I look forward to cooking some zucchini and summer squash, artichoke hearts, portabella mushrooms, and sundried tomatoes. I look forward to buying fresh herbs; life is just better with cilantro and dill. I can add fish and chicken to these things and make meals. But it's going to cost me a fortune and take forever. I might just buy hummus instead of trying to make my own. Cheaper. Easier. Probably just as good. There are so many fresh wonderful cheeses I can try.

Fresh food is exciting. It's been too long.
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