Saturday, April 21, 2007

Marching on his Stomach

Cranky had a craving.
He's had a lot of them lately, come to think of it. Must be a reaction to the upheaval of dismantling our worldly goods and cramming them into boxes. He gets oral. Yesterday he had to — had to — have sushi for lunch, and later in the evening he stuffed chocolates into his mouth. (The chocolates were unearthed as I was unloading the china hutch; they were leftover goodies from my Christmas stocking that somehow got stashed in a candy jar and shoved behind closed doors.)
So the other day he became obsessed with bagels. Ordinarily, Cranky and I talk about our food lusts together, refining and honing until, YES, let's have THAT, that's EXACTLY what we want to eat! But I wasn't in on the bagel discussion. There was no discussion. He simply came home with the ingredients — the only ingredients — that would sate his appetite at that moment.
This meant he had to buy an out-of-season tomato... but it was a very good, hothouse-grown tomato of a dark and lovely variety (probably purple Cherokee), from the spunky ladies at the farmers market.
It also meant, of course, that he had to buy fresh bagels, (red onion and cream cheese were already in the house) and some sort of cured salmon. What he found at Whole Foods was not lox, not nova, but a genuinely smoky, tender treatment of wild Northern California salmon. Not too smoky. Perfect.
Cranky's craving was satisfied.
Me? I had a very nice lunch.

13 comments:

Beccy said...

Well I'm so glad Cranky's craving was satisfied and that you had a nice lunch. Peas in a pod the two of you are!

Glenna said...

Yum. Wish I'd been there. I could have helped with the leftovers. There were leftovers, righ?

Greg said...

Now I'm craving lox and bagel.

Dagny said...

Mmmm. Smoked salmon. I'm going to need to go to Andronico's or Saul's very soon. Oh yeah. After I get some money. *pout*

dancingmorganmouse said...

Smoked salmon, one of my top 5 foods, I love how the really good stuff practically melts on the tongue.

Catherine said...

Hmm...I've discovered bagels and their dressings are something people tend to have strong views about. I like cucumber on mine, but that must be some carryover from the cucumber sandwich thing. I also like tomato and red onion (and cucumber) on lightly toasted sesame or salted bagel. ya!

Willa said...

Well, I can't find an email button for you, so I guess I have to publically announce that you;ve been tagged- http://palocalvore.blogspot.com/2007/04/and-now-to-interrupt-our-regularly.html

And I ADORE bagel and smoked salmon, with capers and red onion, the bagel lightly grilled...Too bad I don't live where salmon is local!

tommy said...

Hey Madeater! Why you so mad if you eatin'? Oh wait, I think I know why...

My landlord, of all people, hipped me to your blog. Impressive, you've clearly got this foodbloggin thing down. And I love that you put your political stripes right up there at the top... nice!

I'd love to blogroll you, if I may...

Cheers,
Tommy
http://maceratingshallots.blogspot.com

Anna Haight said...

Sometimes ya just gotta have it, and cranky knew when.... good luck with the move!

Katie said...

I could do that!
Actually I want to do that!
That's what I want for lunch!
I'd run off to the shops but it's Sunday and everything here is closed. Now I'll have to wait
Hmmm, I have some goat cheese in the fridge, and a....

Freya and Paul said...

Those tomatoes look beautiful and I think they go fantastically well with smoked salmon and cream cheese. Yum!

Stacie said...

YUM!!! My guess is that you were the fabulous star!! And still are... now hand me some of that leftover smkoy salmony goodness!!

Kristen said...

I'm having a craving...wish someone would make me this!