I needed marshmallows, though. I was making a yam for lunch, and I think it was Hemingway who said that a yam without marshmallows and butter is like a day without sunshine. Which is a solar eclipse.
It might not have been Hemingway.
Look, if eating yams with marshmallows and butter is wrong, I… will probably no longer be able to eat yams. And this was fantastic, by the way. Look at it. Look at how delicious it is:
This was insanely good (thanks to Lindsey for the microwaving suggestion) and easy to prepare. All you have to do to microwave a yam is stab it a few times with a fork beforehand and then… push the potato button on the microwave. Which goes for about 8 minutes? That worked.
Under normal circumstances I’d have gone to City Bakery and spent around $15 at the salad bar.
And then I made a quiche. I really did. Out of all my life achievements, this may be the one I’m proudest of. Look at it. JUST LOOK:
Notice how the light is actually playing off it, almost lovingly. No, I’m not a hero. I’m not a super-genius. I used this really simple recipe that I am about share with you. Gird your loins for how delightful and easy it is:
Quiche Lorraine Ingredients:
1 9-inch pie crust, unbaked
1 tablespoon butter
12 bacon slices, crumbled
1 bag Swiss shredded cheese
1 small onion, chopped
2 cups heavy cream
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spread crust into pie plate or quiche plate.
2. Spread crust with butter. Sprinkle bacon and cheese on crust.
3. Chop onion and sauté. Add to crust.
3. Beat eggs with rest of ingredients. Pour into crust.
4. Bake 15 minutes. Turn down to 325 degrees and bake 40 more min. Let stand 10 minutes.
There was also some insistence from interested onlookers that fennel be added (fennel is like a weird little onion; it’s like the Richard the Third of the herb family) so I did that. If fennel were a person it would look like this:
I also made a berry salad with blueberries and strawberries (the same ones I’m using in the parfait) and some goat cheese and nuts. You know what was delicious, also? That. It was a really easy meal, and it gave me a chance to cook for friends rather than going out to dinner. And it is comically satisfying to see people you like enjoying the food you’ve cooked. I also deliberately wore a dress that makes me feel like I just stepped out of Little House on the Prairie, and I think that helped.
Otherwise, I imagine I might have bought a egg white feta wrap at Starbucks? That seems likely. So, $4 more saved.
Good. Total saved today: $24.
(Although I think the real savings come in insofar as I do not idly buy, say, a $4 cup of coffee while I’m out getting my egg white feta wrap, or one of the $5 cookies at City Bakery, or any of the things that you buy simply because you’re in the places selling them.)