I was going to call this a Tasty Tuesday post, but in fact I have not yet tasted the treat that is currently cooking in the crock pot. I know, some bloggers would make their blog post later or tomorrow, but we all know that is not how I roll. I make blog posts on the fly before going to rehearsal, and I go with what I got, even when I ain’t got nuthin’.
Be all that as it may, this afternoon I decided that I would go on a bland diet. Never mind why; nobody wants to hear about other people’s digestive issues. I only bring it up because it is relevant to the post at hand. Some may feel the bland diet is especially appropriate to me because of the acronym that helps us remember its elements: BRAT (you know who you are) (and I gotta say, right back atcha, for the most part) (but I digress). BRAT, for the digestively blessed who have no need to know such a thing (digestively is not a word? I’ll be damned!), BRAT stands for Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast. Pasta and potatoes can also form part of the diet, but there weren’t enough vowels to add two more P’s, so you just have to pretend they are included under Rice or Toast.
After work, I headed to the store to purchase Bananas, Rice, and Applesauce (I already had bread for the toast at home). After some internal debate about brown vs. white rice (I like brown but wondered if it was bland enough for a BRAT like me) (I took a chance and got the brown) and a quick look around for a treat for Steven (I love my husband), I checked out and headed home.
And found out I had forgotten the applesauce. Damn it! When there are only four items on one’s diet, one does not like to miss one. However, I have some apples I purchased recently at North Star Orchards in Westmoreland (thus adding a little local flair to my post). I know one can make applesauce in the crock pot. I looked for a recipe online. I’ve had pretty good luck finding things online lately (knock wood).
The first recipe I came across was pretty simple: apples, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, water. They said Golden Delicious Apples and I have Macintosh, but I was undeterred. Additionally, they said core and peel, and I left the peel on. There are plenty of nutrients and fiber in the peel, you know. Continuing to do my own thing, I cut the apples into smaller pieces than the quarters called for by the recipe. For one reason, since I was leaving the peel on, I thought it would be easier to eat. Then I got tired of chopping apples and stopped at six. I halved the other ingredients. See, I can do the math.
The apples are in the crock pot, and the crock pot is on HIGH. Yes, I remembered to plug it in (don’t laugh; we all forget such things on occasion). It should be done after rehearsal. Steven and I will have some for a treat before bed. Maybe we should stop at the store on the way home from rehearsal and get some vanilla ice cream to put on it while it’s still warm. I can start my bland diet tomorrow.