I can't believe that mere days after I abused my electric stove in print, it decided it had had enough and quit working. And blew a fuse in the process. What a drama queen!
While I was thrilled to finally have an excuse to get a gas stove, I still had to figure out what to eat for a few days. I toyed with the idea of testing out some real hardcore raw food recipes - you know, things with kelp powder, nutritional yeast, and Celtic salt. Maybe I'd make mock mashed potatoes, refried beans made from sunflowers, or some uncooked lasagne. But after looking up some recipes, I temporarily lost my appetite.Now, I'm sure there are some truly stellar raw food dishes out there. Things with actual seasonings, spices, and flavor, food that looks pretty on the plate. But the recipes I was finding were, for the most part, flavorless mounds. At best. Take, for instance, this "Italian Pasta Salad" dish I found on fromsadtoraw.com:
Needless to say, I moved on to plan B: salads and sandwiches.
The Kitchen Sink Salad is just that: all the veggies from the fridge that were in danger of going bad plus some items from the cupboard that don't require heat. The salad was composed of arugula, carrots, yellow grape tomatoes, green pepper, green onion, and black olives, tossed with a light balsamic vinegar and peanut oil dressing. I topped this with a basic tuna salad of Cento oil packed tuna, onion, celery, mayo, salt, pepper, and my Creole seasoning. Simple, satisfying, and full of flavor.
Of course, sandwiches were a no-brainer. I am a sucker for any kind of tomato sandwich, so I made one with arugula, thin slices of queso fresco, and mayo on Ezekiel whole grain bread. On the side I had a a little cup of Amy's chunky tomato soup (thank goodness for the microwave!) topped with a dollop of sour cream. This meal hardly felt like a compromise.
Losing my stove for a few days was actually a good lesson in simplicity. It's so easy to get caught up in wanting to make the Next Great Complicated Thing, that you forget how nice it can be to just throw some delicious, fresh ingredients together and call it a day. That said, I'm not going to be giving up pasta, sauces, or sauteed garlic anytime soon!