Friday, March 05, 2010

Have This Salad Right Now!

Remember that old Saturday Night Live skit, from the wonder years with Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman and Jane Curtin? They were playing preteens at a slumber party, wondering where babies come from. They were pretty sure you needed certain specifics, like marriage, a man, stuff like that. They had some gross, icky, disgusting ideas about sex. But the details eluded them. One of them said she believed a man could just shout "Have a baby right now!"
Well, that's how I'm feeling about this bowl of mighty fine. There were certain specifics, and you needed a man. Cranky. He invented this potato salad today. It's exactly like many potato salads we make: hard-cooked egg, minced scallion, sliced celery. Throw some vinegar and olive oil on the drained potatoes while they're still warm. After it cools only just a bit, toss in your vegetables and a spoonful of mayonnaise. Salt and pepper.
Here's Cranky's sudden birth of an idea, a labor of love, a delivery of delight. He added a couple sliced, raw carrots. The color was so cheerful, I think we just jolted the earth's axis again and spring is coming early.
The little, polite crunch was a bundle of joy. And the flavor, sweet, just like a powdered infant.
A salad is born!

20 comments:

Cookie said...

I love the idea of a combination of potato and egg salad! I'll definitely be making this really soon! Maybe add some chopped ham too?

Chilebrown said...

I can just imagine Cranky in a 'kiler bee' suit and knockin on the door and sayin "Cookiecrumb" gram.

cookiecrumb said...

Cookie: Oh, yeah! There's always room in potato salad for a little egg. You could bling it out from there any number of ways, and ham sounds good.

Chilebrown: He is a wild a crazy guy!

dancingmorganmouse said...

What an idea. Now I have to decide, who gets the last carrot in the fridge, me or Mrs Poss??

kudzu said...

I so prefer Crank to Simon!

Zoomie said...

You write so well. Love the sex and procreation theme.

Greg said...

Tater salad rocks. I like the killer bee suit idea or maybe a land shark suit.

namastenancy said...

What a great idea! I've put lots of things in potato and egg salad but I never thought of carrots. I love crunch in food - or maybe I should say, I like good crunchy food in food that's usually smooth. There's good crunch and there's crunch that's due to sand, grit, etc. I like the former in food, not the later. Anyway, carrots in salad is going down on the stuff that I am going to try out soon.

The Spiteful Chef said...

Powdered infant? Like, just add water and BAM, baby?

cookiecrumb said...

Mouse: I'm sure Ms. Poss will get the carrot. Buy more! We've been sailing through them since we came up with this scheme to carrotize all food.

Kudzu: He's clever. And he's on the premises!

Zoomie: I am humbled. Thank you. It was fun, uh, "conceiving" this one.

Greg: Or a guy in a white suit with a banjo and an arrow through his head!

Nancy: I love crunch in food too. That's why we always overdid it with the celery tidbits. This time there was still a taste of celery, but the carrots ruled.

Spiteful: Is THAT where they come from?

Zoomie said...

See, you did it again!

Rev. Biggles said...

Ick, EGG !!!!!!! Can't deal, running away ...

cookiecrumb said...

Zoomie: Anything for you, dear.

Biggles: No eggie? Aw.

peter said...

That's how Emeril's kids were made: BAM, Baby. But You know where Kristie thinks maple syrup comes from, so take her ideas with a pinch of Essence™.

And, I would have the salad now, see, but it's midnight.

cookiecrumb said...

Peter: Kristie is Kathy Griffin.

Rev. Biggles said...

Ghee & hardboiled eggs & oiled fish in a can make me run away at high speeds.

cookiecrumb said...

Biggles: Gee, no ghee? It's just clarified butter.
But, you know? It's up to you.
I ate jellyfish tentacles once.

Hungry Dog said...

I love it. Cranky sounds like a keeper. And I love carrots thrown into just about anything.

cookiecrumb said...

Hungry Dog: Yeah, Cranky's been keeping me fed. He likes being a wife.
You are SERIOUSLY into carrots, IIRC.

Rev. Biggles said...

Clarified butter, feh. Butter with no butter in it, what's that all about?