Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Spicy, Sour, and Salty

I called in sick to work today and stayed home watching TV, napping, and eating all the foods I was craving.

I took the kids to school and then stopped by the co-op to get some sicky supplies. Of course, I work at the co-op so that does make it a bit awkward to call in sick and then show up to work to shop (and of course my manager walked in just after me). But the way I see it: Some people go to the doctor...and some people go to the grocery store. I needed the foods my body was craving!

Here's what I wanted (and ate):

Seitan Noodle soup with a lemony-nutritional yeasty broth and mushrooms
Throat Coat tea
Rocky Road ice cream (by Soy Delicious So Decadent)
More Seitan Noodle Soup
General Tao's Tofu with cabbage and carrots
A satsuma mandarin
Popcorn with lime and salt

I thought that the General Tao's tofu would be perfect, especially with tons of extra garlic, ginger, and cayenne. But, honestly, it wasn't that great. The tofu was fried nice and crisp, but got soggy as soon as the sauce went on. And I ended up having to add extra soy sauce and hot sauce. Maybe this is just because I'm sick and can't taste things as well as usual, but I don't think it lives up to the hype. I'll probably try it again another time, with modifications.

As for the popcorn, it had some serious flavor. I love popcorn. I mean REALLY love popcorn.
Like, I eat it every single night LOVE POPCORN.
I feel good about eating popcorn all the time, though, because I count on it for my omega-3 fatty acids. I always drizzle flax oil on the popped corn before adding salt, spices, herbs, etc. The flax oil helps the toppings stick and gives it a great buttery flavor (and great nutrition).

Tonight I mixed equal parts of flax oil and lime juice. I drizzled it over the popcorn and then sprinkled it with salt. YUM! It reminds me of the salty-limeyness of Chipotle's chips, only I didn't feel disgustingly sick to my stomach afterwards.

My other favorite popcorn toppings are (always with flax oil):

Nutritional yeast, salt, and coarse ground black pepper
Lime juice, cayenne, salt, and ginger powder (cook the popcorn in coconut oil for a Thai treat)
Garlic salt and red pepper flakes
Onion powder, garlic powder, dill, parsley, and salt (Ranch!)
Simply Organic Hot & Spicy salt
Chili powder, nutritional yeast, salt (Think chili cheese Fritos)
Onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, nutritional yeast (Hot Cheetos!)
Onion powder, salt, and dill (Reminds me of sour cream and onion flavor chips)

What are your favorite toppings?


Sarah said...

Get better. I can't believe you went to the Selby store. You should have gone Randolph so that your coworkers would actually believe you are sick! And your popcorn is always so interesting!

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