It’s either a brand new year, or just another day in the long string of days between Dec 23 (last day of school) and Jan 5 (when school resumes). I have lost track of what day of the week it is, because no one in the household has to be any place on any particular day.
Today I decided to use the lull to plan some menus for the next week. I asked my husband what new dish I should learn to prepare in 2015, and he said, “Lentil loaf.” Sigh. I know that if I make lentil loaf no one will like it, not even him. And yet I am compelled to try.
While I am researching lentil loaf recipes, I invite you to go back in time to hear what the Common Household was talking about one year ago today (food, of course).
For Christmas (2013) I received a gift of a box of polenta, a grain we had not tried before. I served it on New Year’s Day (2014) for dinner.
Kids: What is this stuff?
Me: It’s polenta.
Younger Daughter: Po-what?
Husband: It’s po-etical! I think it will be good with butter and salt on it. (says the heart patient who is supposed to be avoiding fat and salt).
Me: I’m having mine with the sauce from the peanut chicken.
Son: It looks kind of like Styrofoam.
YD (after tasting): But it tastes really good with butter and salt!
Me: Maybe you would like it with some cranberry sauce, Son. By the way, why does cranberry go so well with chicken, not to mention turkey?
Son: It’s a symbiotic relationship.
Husband: Cranberry is a fowl condiment.
YD: You can’t have a symbiotic relationship between two foods! They aren’t living things!
Son: This stuff is good with butter on it. Maybe it would also be good with some milk on it.
Then there was a long argument over whether milk is acidic or basic.
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Maybe lentils would be symbiotic with polenta, if mixed and shaped into a loaf!
Happy New Year.