03 August 2012

On eating alone

Salad in action

My husband is the chef, but at home, the cooking duties usually fall on me.  David does cook, too - but his summer schedule is such that if he is cooking dinner, I may have to wait until 10:00 pm to eat.  Ergo, I will cook dinner and like it, thank you very much.

Altruist that I aspire to be, I always presumed that my meal planning and grocery shopping generally tended to be based on David’s tastes.  Au contraire.  When I really thought about it, we eat mostly what I say we eat.  Hmmm.  This is probably not terribly fair in many ways for my husband, who is so very sweet and easy-going that he would never complain. 

I started thinking about this idea that, if one is married or lives with others, we are so conditioned by our environment (a clever way to say “controlled by the ideas of others”) that we rarely get to eat what we really want.  So I decided to make a list:


Things I would never eat/drink if my husband wasn’t around:

1. Baby back ribs, especially with dry rub
2. Grilled steak (OK, I would eat a ribeye maybe once or twice a year)
3. Pork roast, chops, or butt (tee hee)
4. Bacon (like it, but wouldn’t miss it if I never saw it again)
5. Shredded cheddar cheese
6. Hamburgers


Things my husband would never eat/drink if I wasn’t around (according to me):

1. Hummus
2. Dessert (David has absolutely no sweet tooth whatsoever!)
3. Plain yogurt
4. French press coffee (He would certainly drink coffee, but he never use a French press.  I got rid of our coffeemaker, and I am pretty sure that David secretly is plotting my demise because of it.)
5. Left-overs of any sort
6. Salmon (On second thought, he would eat salmon, but just way less of it.)

Let me state that David is truly a very conscientious eater, and eats pork, beef, etc. only occasionally.  I do eat quite healthy, but I am also known to be quite the glutton on frequent occasion (two Meijer glazed doughnuts just yesterday, sadly).  Luckily, we are generally quite compatible eaters...when we do share a meal, we both really enjoy all types of food.  We always compromise. 

However, David does have his own special dinner that he likes to make when I am out of town: Taco Salad.  What you and I would call nachos deluxe, his Taco Salad is comprised of 1/2 a bag of tortilla chips, at least a 1/2 pound of ground beef, a cup of shredded cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup of sour cream, and topped with a mere sprinkle of lettuce, tomato, and onion).  Salad, indeed.

Chopping stuff

I can’t complain too much.  During the summer, when David has night games, I am on my own for dinner, so it is my turn to eat whatever I want.  My absolute favorite thing is my own specialty, Single Girl Salad. 

This salad is aptly named because of it has tons of calories, and you know what that means.  It is the polite lady’s version of the macho Taco Salad, mentioned above.  You may not feel too svelte after eating, but who cares?  You’re alone for dinner.  Enjoy yourself.

Don't forget to put on your loosies!


Single Girl Salad

Romaine lettuce, cut to your liking
Carrots, thinly sliced rondelles
Celery, thinly sliced on the bias
Bleu cheese (roquefort, gorgonzola, stilton), crumbled
Cherry tomatoes
Vidalia onions, thinly sliced
Cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
Tortilla chips, a big handful, crumbled
Grilled chicken breast, cut into chunks
Salt and pepper
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar

Clean and spin the romaine.  Add as much of each ingredient as desired, but heavy on the bleu cheese, tortilla chips, and giardiniera.  Salt and pepper the salad, then drizzle with olive and vinegar to taste (3 parts to 1, respectively).  Put on your loosies, heap a bunch on a plate and eat in front of the television while watching Project Runway.  Repeat.

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