I’m being held hostage in my own home, by my dryer:
On Tuesday night, when I turned on my dryer, I could hear the motor whirring, but the drum wasn’t spinning. Then, yesterday, the motor didn’t seem to be working at all. Fantastic! I scheduled a maintenance visit, with the technician coming between 8am and noon today. It’s now 12:20, and they haven’t come yet. I just called, and they’re saying an arrival time now around 1 or 1:30pm. We’ll see how that goes. Oh – here’s the kicker! Who has two thumbs and a dryer warranty that expired about 2 weeks ago? THIS GUY. Just my luck.
One of the things I need to do today is go grocery shopping. My fridge and cupboards are practically bare. For breakfast, I polished off the last of the personal watermelon I bought last week (about 3-4 cups worth), a kiwi, some wheat toast, and I juiced an orange. Lunch was a trickier matter. I have a head of cauliflower that’s been staring at me from my vegetable drawer for the past few days, but I’m kinda sick of cauliflower. I’ve bought 3 heads over the past month or so, and ended up just chopping the first 2 into florets and eating them raw. But I gotta make do with what I got – so I decided to whip up a make-it-up-as-I-go-along cauliflower mash.
Breaking News: The technician is here! I’ll resume this post shortly. Thank you for holding.
Breaking News Part Two: Guess who has a broken belt on his dryer? I do! Apparently it’s not uncommon on Samsung dryers like mine. The parts needed aren’t in stock (of course) and they’ll take 5 business days to arrive (of course), so I better string up a clothesline until then. I think I’ll manage just fine – luckily the dryer broke just as I had finished a couple loads of laundry. And I was really hoping to spend $200 right now on one of my appliances, so I’m just elated that it’s all working out for me.
Back to the cauliflower mash. I broke down the cauliflower and steamed it:
Then the cauliflower went into my food processor. I wanted to add a little protein, so I added in half a can of garbanzo beans:
And pretty much the rest of the cilantro in the fridge:
Once my food processor did its magic, this is what I had:
I wanted to add something creamy, and this is where my bare cupboards didn’t help me. Some nonfat Greek yogurt would be perfect, and skim milk would do fine also, but I was out of both. I have lite mayo, but that didn’t seem like a good idea. So I settled on about 2-3 tablespoons of Lite Caesar Salad Dressing:
For a flavor boost, I also added about a teaspoon or so of this salad dressing mix that I had bought for a recipe I made a few months back:
Mmm… garlic and herbs. I mixed it all up, and served me up a bowl, with a few cilantro leaves as garnish:
It was pretty good, especially given the impromptu nature of it, although if I had to do it again, I’d maybe swap out the Caesar dressing for some Greek yogurt. I’m glad I liked it, because I have enough left over to last me a couple days.
Tonight I’m going to Latin Jam class for the first time in about a month. I didn’t make it for a few weeks due to the craziness of my most recent job, and last week I had another conflict, but I’m really looking forward to tonight! And since one of my favorite supermarkets, Super King, is in the neighborhood, I think I’ll stock up there. No cauliflower, though.
Keep it up, David!