Thursday, January 29, 2009

What's It All About, Alfalfa?



When I was in college, most afternoons between classes you could find me and a few gregarious musical friends at a place called The Corner, which was literally at the corner intersection of the street beside the School of Music and a downtown college avenue. It was the gathering place and the place to be. Most days we didn't even order. We were such regulars they looked at us and plopped down our food. My favorite? Mornings: Egg salad sandwich with lettuce/tomato and coffee. Afternoon siesta: Oh, why tell? I've recreated it for you below. And besides, every class change I walked by The School of HomeMade Arts & Science Aeronomics or something like that (or was that just Economics?). Whatever it was, something always smelled fishy in there for sure. Made me hungry for my favorite mid-afternoon lunch break at The Corner.

So, I decided to make my blog friends a sandwich. Are you hungry?
You'll change your TUNA about my cooking when you taste this. Just you wait.
Here's the recipe from memory: How hard can this be?

First, you catch your run-of-the-mill average albacore in the backyard moat.
That was simple enough. I feel kinda sorry for him.
Then you whip this out.
A generous plop of murdered and strained Albacore (that's "tuna" for you non-food speakers)


Mine came in a blue Charlie tuna can........
.....how did it get so mushy?
.......


mixed with Alfalfa sprouts (I use alfie on everything.....


They look so healthy I can't resist 'em. I tend to go overboard - I see the look of shock on your faces - I even put them on my cereal, toast and grits. I call it Yuppie Southern Grits.

Add lettuce
sliced of tomato
mayo or fancy-schmancy mustard



Split a few red seedless grapes Notice: I did not have red so I used white. Works for wine, why not grapes? Just thought I'd throw that culinary secret in there for all your non-cooking experts.


Where was I?
Oh. Right. The bread.

Rye on rye. Straight out of the wrapper. Am I good or what?










So, I put it all together and it started to look like this..








I didn't like the way it laid on the bread so I scraped it off and started again.
Then....it looked like this....I'm getting the hang of this cooking thing, don't cha think?
YUUUUMMM........
Homer wouldn't even eat it.

I had to do SOMETHING. Wait! I've got a cooking idea!
Raspberry Hazelnut dressing makes everything better - even Yuppie grits. It'll surely work wonders on fish. Brilliant!









Just for you...
Let's have a bite, shall we?


And then I remembered I forgot to turn on the oven.
You fry tuna. Right?

Maybe I'd better go back to school.





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27 comments:

Ricardo said...

Hey there and thanks so much for stopping by. This is certainly an interesting concoction. Now have you at all tried the sprouts with ice cream? It's only then that I will declare you an alfalfa addict.

Mimi Lenox said...

Ricardo - Not ice cream but I am clearly an alfalfa addict. But there are worse vices to be had.....I think I'm safe. Ha!

Starrlight said...

Um.

Um.

Um.

I'll cook, you sing! Oh and tuna salad....onion powder, a pinch of garlic powder, a dash of parmesan, mayo, a pinch of dill, fine chopped green onion and celery! On toasted wheat.

About those sprouts. My hat is off to you cause I just can not go there. It's like eating green sperm!

Mimi Lenox said...

Starr - And now I'll never eat it again....

Kiddo said...

Hi. When's the next blog blast for peace?

Kiddo
http://kiddothecat.blogspot.com

Charles Gramlich said...

You should be the new host of Bizarre foods.

Mimi Lenox said...

Kiddo - Announcement forthcoming in a day or so. Thanks for asking!

Mimi Lenox said...

Charles - Thanks!!!

Mimi Lenox said...

I must really bored if I'm writing about alfalfa sprouts.

Mark said...

Yum, time to go find lunch!

The Gal Herself said...

Guess what I'm having for lunch now ...

Mimi Lenox said...

Mark - Sadly, you won't find it here. Bwaaahhaahhaha....

Mimi Lenox said...

Gal - You're an alfalfa addict too???! Who knew??!


You know, I opened my blog this morning and thought "Mimi girl, you are really losing it when you write about alfalfa."

I so need a life.

bundleocontradictions said...

Gee, Mimi, I didn't think there was much that could kill my appetite, but you kinda worked a miracle there. ...As long as you enjoyed it! *encouraging smile*

javajune said...

I actually like sprouts but on tuna? (not so sure) Wheat bread, slice of cheese, bacon strips (it's okay the sprouts cancel out the fat) and a nice juicey tomato. Oh and don't forget the mayo. Damn it-now I'm hungry.
jj- http://javajune.wordpress.com/

Akelamalu said...

My favourite sandwich is a BLT! Though I'm not eating bread at the moment because I'm on a diet! :)

Bud Weiser, WTIT said...

Where's the beef?

Tookie Tail said...

Hmmm I'll stick to my good ole southern cooking. Don't think i can handle that alfalfa. lol

Julia Scissor said...

Ah, the college 'hang-out'. There was one sandwich seller which everyone in college frequented. It wasn't a restaurant, just one of the roadside food stalls common in Mumbai. Boy, those sandwiches were mind blowing. They even had ground spices and chutneys.

Mimi Lenox said...

Autumn - I try! Tomorrow I'll try to walk on water, k?

Mimi Lenox said...

June - I knew I could entice someone to crave my cooking!

Mimi Lenox said...

Akelamalu - No bread? That is no fun.

Mimi Lenox said...

Bud - Rare and bleeding.....I remember. Yuk.

Mimi Lenox said...

Tookie - But but but..you can put the sprouts ON TOP of the southern cooking. I am eating a big bowl of southern grits with cheese and butter right now. Alfalfa on top...yummmmm (not)
Well, I am eating grits but really, the alfalfa is a bit much...

Do you cook southern fried chicken as well? I miss my grandmother's scalded chicken and gravy. It was absolutely perfect.

Mimi Lenox said...

Julia - Those sound awesome! College hangouts...the BEST memories.

Desert Songbird said...

I don't think I've ever been to a restaurant where I had a "regular" item that they just served me, but I used to have a regular bar where my drink was waiting for me by the time I walked from the door to the bar counter.

Don said...

The alfalfa is fine - healthy even - but I would do it without the grapes and the dressing. My favored seasonings are adobo (no MSG, thanks) and ginger. You'd be surprised at how well garlic and ginger work together - I used to find a specialty oil of just that combination, but it's vanished and I haven't spotted it in years.

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