Hope you all enjoy this new post. If you do, I’ll post more like it…if my stomach can handle it, that is.
My wonderful fiancé Jay has a healthy appetite. Well, I don’t know if it’s exactly healthy, it’s just enormous. Everyone who knows Jay guards their plate when he’s at the table until they’re done…if there’s anything left they’ll offer it to him, if he hasn’t already helped himself. On our first date we went to a Thai Restaurant. I ordered my fave, Pad Thai, and halfway through the meal, Jay helped himself to a few bites from my plate. I looked at him, somewhat surprised, and he said to me, “Get used to it.” I have.
Jay loves food and eats just about everything. In fact, when I asked him to proof my “Friday Night Casserole” post, he said, “Hmmm, that sounds good—I would’ve liked your Mom’s cooking.” Maybe he has a mild brain disorder.
There are only a few things in the world Jay won’t eat: seafood and liver. I can understand the liver, but seafood? C’mon, crab legs? Shrimp? Lobster? It must stem from his childhood. His cute little Japanese mom would serve up whole fish with the eyeballs, gills and everything, so I guess he has an excuse. (If my Mom would’ve served up a cow head complete with the eyeballs and their little eyelashes, I guess I would gag over steak.) Jay will watch Andrew Zimmern and Anthony Bourdain eat animal testicles from every corner of the earth, but he can’t handle the seafood. Oh well, more for me.
After dinner every evening, Jay will plop on the couch with an arsenal of goodies…any combination of M&M’s, peanuts, a box of sugar cereal, an orange or apple, popcorn and any other pastry/candy/nut he can carry. Some nights he gets pretty creative as he tries to make do with the treats he can find. He’ll do the same with leftovers and random ingredients on nights we don’t make dinner. I’m always astonished (and usually disgusted) by most of these concoctions. I’ve learned to take pictures of these creations, and I’ve decided to post them here for your amusement.
Jay’s Fancy Leftover Dinner Creation #1
For this dish, Jay started with a foundation of two pieces of wheat bread. He then poured on some pork and beans, and plopped on some spoonfuls of leftover mashed potatoes. Next he added a leftover barbequed hot dog (sliced nicely in half lengthwise) and paired it with some leftover macaroni salad. The finishing touch…a few splashes of Tapatio. The only thing appealing about this photo is the plate he chose to use for this concoction–it’s from a set that belonged to my Grandma and Grandpa Coen, and I’m pretty sure this is the still the weirdest thing this plate has ever seen.