- Pouring soup from a can and heating it up
- Steaming vegetables in my Oster double-decker steamer
- Any form of pasta in a box with any form of tomato sauce in jar
- A bowl of cereal
Lately I've been working on smoothies, since I have finally removed the Magic Bullet that I bought 3 months ago from the box. I am a smoothie trainwreck. I combine all kinds of fruit together with milk or water and almost always something overpowers the other little fruits or I find that the acidic levels of one is just killing the rest. Jamba Juice will not be hiring me in my lifetime.
Tonight for dinner I made chicken breast (put them in a pan, added water, covered it and let it rip for 10 minutes) and okra. I bought frozen okra from Peapod, which is a mini-tangent in and of itself. I went through the whole online setup process, purchased and had my groceries delivered. I'm still in a bit of disbelief. I love grocery shopping. As a food marketer, time in the store is often research and discovery. I can spend an hour wandering around a store easily. However, grocery shopping in the city is a bit of a challenge. The bodegas carry things in jars and cans I have never heard of. "Fresh" veggies and produce are wrapped in saran wrap and look anything but. Carrying the groceries back to my apartment is a feat of strength and balance I am not trained for.
So I tried Peapod. Inevitably, the items I was most excited about turned out to be out-of-stock when the groceries arrived. However, the toilet paper made it unscathed so I can't be a total complainer.
Anyway, I steamed the frozen okra because that's pretty much all I know how to do and imagine my surprise and horror when I retrieved it from the streamer and it came with long, icky trails of slime.
Like clear snot.
See it hanging off the spoon?
I had to take this one to the Google. The Google told me "okra slime" is actually normal. I had no idea. Wow. Okra 1, IronMin 0. Well played okra. Well played.
I ate it and enjoyed it anyway. My cooking is so functional and basic, I chalk this one up as learning fun new things that apparently everyone else already knew. Now when okra comes up in conversation, as it often does, I will have an interesting anecdote to throw on the fire.
Okra Slime. Sounds like an awesome screenplay...