Ever made a bad decision?
Yes. Yes, you have. I don’t know you, but I know you have.
I’ve definitely made some, too, so don’t think you’re alone. Here, I’ll even share some with you…
1) One time, when I was seven, my cousins and I were watching “Bruce Almighty” and it got to that part where Jim Carrey is reporting from Niagara Falls and he ends his segment with “Back to you, f***ers!” Well, I thought that was funny, and decided to repeat it. To be honest, I’m not sure why exactly, but maybe I was hoping to get a laugh out of everyone. Instead, however, they all kind of yelled at me – in a nice, loving, cousin-ly way - and I started to cry because I did that when I thought I was in trouble.
2) I decided to get a “bob” haircut in eighth grade. Right before braces.
3) A few weeks ago, I tried making my snickerdoodles with garbanzo bean flour. I’ve experimented with this type of flour before, and it turned out fine, just not the way I had planned. When I first used it, I tasted the batter because a good cook always tastes before she serves. Well, word of advice: never do that if you’re using garbanzo bean flour. Just follow the recipe and trust it. When I was making the snickerdoodles, I knew this. But I still tasted it for some weird reason. And I gagged. Sometimes, food makes me make bad decisions.
4) Warning – this one is rated PG. So, if you remember video stores, then hopefully you remember the shelves near the registers that tempted children and angered parents with the hottest toys. Back when “Toy Story” was brand new, the shelves held Woody dolls. Naturally, I had to have the big one – “the big, hard Woody”. Those were the words I projected and practically yelled at my poor mom, and the words pretty much everyone in line chuckled at under their breath. Sorry, mom.
5) My best friends and I went to a One Direction concert before I left for school. that’s not the bad decision – it was probably one of the best nights of the entire summer. The bad decision came when 5 S.O.S. played my favorite song of theirs – “Amnesia”. I had to sing it. I just had to. I apologize to my best friend, Devyn’s ears, to the little girl next to me who experienced what an over-excited, newly-single teenage girl at a concert full of girls way younger than her looks like, and to 5 S.O.S. for butchering your really good song. Scroll all the way down and I’ll show you.
So that’s pretty much it. I’ve never made any other bad decisions or mistakes.
HA. Just kidding. I mess something up, like, 24 times a day. That’s once an hour, or twice every other hour, if you’re good at math. In fact, I’m making one right now. I have an Econ midterm in approximately 16 minutes. Should I be studying? Yes.
I have a math quiz tomorrow morning at 8 am. Should I be studying? Yes.
I have, like, negative dollars. Should I go to the farmer’s market and buy expensive, healthy, organic fruits and vegan, gluten-free, super yummy, comforting desserts? No.
But here I am – sitting outside on a beautiful day, listening to Spotify, writing about food, thinking about food, not studying, thinking about what food I’m going to spend my negative dollars on, and again, not studying.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m a good student, I swear. I’ve studied my tooshie off for the past who-knows-how-many weeks. It’s time for a break.
It’s also almost dinner-time. And making this could be your best decision all day. So go for it.
Eat. Love. Stay hungry.
Makes 1 plate
6-7 small fingerling potatoes, boiled and cooled
½ small red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 bunch spinach
½ cup cooked edamame
½ tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. EVOO
Salt and pepper, to taste
Crushed red pepper, optional
Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, optional
1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and coat with olive oil. Throw in the garlic and sauté for about 2 minutes. Add the red bell pepper and cook.
2. Slice the fingerling potatoes in half while the peppers are cooking. To the skillet, add the edamame and potatoes. Cook about 4-5 minutes, until each ingredient has a brown edge to it.
3. Remove from heat, sprinkle with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper and balsamic vinegar, if using. Serve immediately!
Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Let me know!!