The theme of my contribution to Jenn‘s What I Ate Wednesday party this week is Rub a Dub Dub (What I Ate In The Tub). But before you get all wary—or excited, as the case may be–I should probably tell you I’m not talking about THAT kind of tub. [Eating IN the tub always makes me think of the pink ring in the tub that The Cat In The Hat leaves behind.]
No no, I’m referring to the tub (or carton or plastic container) in which common–most often dairy–foodstuffs are packaged and sold.
You see, over the past few years–but this week especially–I have made an important realization:
Unlike the bottom feeders of the sea, I do not live in the shadowy depths, slurping up the dregs of the food chain. Instead, I am a bottom feeder on land, proclaiming the joys of the crumblies found at the bottom of the cereal box, indulging in the salty flavor explosion you find in the chiplets at the bottom of the pita [slash] tortilla [slash] rice chip bag, and, as is the case this week…relishing the moment I realize I’ve reached ‘the end of the tub’ and will be able to make my meal inside of it, scraping the bottom to get up every last morsel, and then casually tossing it into the recycling bin before heading off to the store for my favorite activity: restocking the fridge.When I was in Wisconsin, my grandmother did not know about the sudden change in my eating lifestyle. She didn’t know who (or what?) I had become. She didn’t understand why I needed to take a picture of the sad loss of blue corn chiplets to the garbage disposal I had to stumble upon one afternoon.
Sister Smart knows about my secret, and she saved the Cheerio crumblies just for me.I ate them, naturally, in a tub of the Greek yogurt I had bought for Grammie to taste after she had asked me numerous questions about what exactly made “this Greek yogurt stuff” so great.I’m pretty sure she thought I was crazy when I mixed up breakfast and proceeded to eat it out of the tub.But she just doesn’t know the joy of all the hardened yogurt bits and the satisfaction of feeling like you’re giving that yogurt tub a last hurrah (!) rather than lazily scooping out most of the rest of the yogurt and tossing the tub haphazardly aside.When you eat in the tub, there is no “I got most of it.” No, you get it ALL. Every last little bite.So yes, I have somehow come upon a week where I was reaching the ends of everything. [Or the ends of other people's food, as was the case with the Total 0% Fage my subletting roommate left behind. I doubted she was coming back for such a small amount of yogurt--though I obviously would have. But mine would have been 2%. ]
It happened with the Voskos, too. Just enough left to make an yogurt mess that seemed quite intense in such a little tub.I tried to use the spoon of the Soup Stix, but it was too big. [There was toppling over. But no berries were lost.]I have found, however, that the chopsticks are surprisingly good for using with thicky-sticky* Greek yogurt.
*Yes, I meant to say that.
Everything gets all stuck together and texturally tantalizing for my bizarre, childlike food sensibility.
If you think I only do this sort of thing with yogurt, well, you are sorely mistaken. Cottage cheese tubs are JUST as much fun.Loaded up with chopped veggies and a heavy-handed sprinkle of Penzey’s Northwoods Seasoning…….oh, y’all, we are in business.Only thing missing? A little crunch!Enter Trader Joe’s Baked Lentil Chips with Sea Salt & Black Pepper, which I had bought at Christmas (!) and just brought back after my last trip home to Pennsylvania.I thought they would have (joyously) been crushed during the flight, leaving me with an entire bag of delicious chiplets. But I discovered when I finally opened them last weekend that, sadly, they had survived in tact.What do you do in the absence of a chiplet? Make your own of course!To be honest, TJ sort of failed me with these chips. He did a good job of meeting my black pepper requirements, but overall, I wasn’t too impressed. They were good for dipping in hummus, however.Just yesterday, I packed the remains of my Cedar’s Roasted Red Pepper Hommus/Hummus with some sliced squash and those chips…and was able to eat out of yet another tub. [Did I use my spoon to scrape out every last bit of hummus? Heck yes I did!]
Yogurt, cottage cheese, hummus…all perfectly delicious tubs in which to eat. How about ricotta cheese?I happened to have just a wee bit left after making my Cherry Berry Ricotta Cheesecakes, so I
mixed in some of my homemade Cherry Chipotle Pecan Pesto [recipe to come, I promise!]…
…and added some diced up turkey pepperoni and fresh basil. It was like noodle-less pepperoni pesto lasagna. Yum! [And now, perhaps, to make a version with noodles?]
You know, one of the best tubs from which to eat is that which contains ICE CREAM!The drizzle on the side is a sure sign someone has NOT been using a bowl.You will note that there is no more peanut butter ice cream left. That’s because it was by far the best part of this flavor. Sadly, I didn’t actually get to eat much of it myself because when I opened up the tub of ice cream, I discovered that my roommate had eaten 75% of it! [Oh the tragedy...] Since I figured she had taken some of my chocolate-peanut butter “fix,” I could take some of hers.
Yesterday morning I faced my most enticing bottom-feeding tub yet: the last of my homemade Carrot Cake Yogurt.*
*I know you can’t wait for THAT recipe. Especially you, Mary.
As you know, I have a strange affinity towards the pairing of peanut butter and carrot cake, so it only seemed right to try peanut butter and chocolate and carrot cake.There might also have been some Cinnamon Toast Crunch involved.