And no, Jicama is not latin for my “mind”. Or maybe it is.
After our crazy morning we packed up and headed to the park to meet up with our friends for some fun with colors.
We talked about the color wheel, primary colors, secondary colors, contrasting colors and complementary colors. I like it.
We got rained on and our lesson was cut short, so we walked to our friends house and to play and snack.
My late morning oatmeal held me over for a long time. Around lunch time I ate one of the three apples I packed.
And then I ate another one.
After an hour or so we said goodbye to our friends and went to run a couple errands and pick up a few groceries.
I got home to discover I was missing one item that I was excited to try: A jicama!
I wondered if maybe I’d only imagined putting it in the cart. Maybe it got separated from the herd at check out. Maybe it fell out of my the bag and was in the car.
I searched high and low and no jicama to be found. I checked the receipt, and oh yes, I paid dearly for that tuber. I actually had no idea how much I’d paid for it until I got home and looked at the receipt.
I called the store to see if they’d found a renegade jicama. At $2.29 a lb weighing in at 1.4 lbs –> $3.21 for an overpriced potato you can bet my lily white ass I’m gonna track that sucker down.
The person on the phone checked and no one had put a mexican potato in the lost and found, but if I had the receipt I could come back and get another one, no problem.
In the meantime, Maxine rock rock rock rocked some funky beats.
And I snacked on some cold, left over baked sweet potato slices.
And a couple of carrots while I cleaned up the mess I left in the kitchen before we dashed out the door this morning.
My mom came out to visit and hang with the girls for a little while tonight and I took the opportunity to go reclaim what was rightfully mine. And to pick up a few things that I’d forgotten the first go-round. Naturally.
A bee line to the jicama basket, I picked up one (out of five I’d say?) that looked awfully familiar. I’ve got crazy mad jicama recon skillz.
And weighed it.
Well whaddya know. $3.21 Try to escape me you tricky tuber? Not so fast!
Is this the lamest post ever and did I just give away what a total nerd I am when it comes to produce? Quite possibly. It’s the most exciting that happened today, what can I say?
So after all my jicamaschnanegans, I was finally home and ready to get to work on this sucker.
Peeled and cut into sticks.
The verdict? Pretty interesting. I can’t put my finger on it but it reminds me of *something*. It’s sort of sweet and crunchy and reminds me of a potato too. A good veggie snack at the very least. For $3.21 and a 3 mile return trip to the store, I’m gonna eat it and I’m gonna like it.
For tonight’s dinner was fast and yummy. Black bean and corn salsa.
1 15 oz can of diced tomatoes
1 15 oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained
1 ear of raw corn, kernals shaved off cob (any sort of corn will do though)
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 – 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
A couple pinches of diced fresh cilantro
a few splashes of lime juice
Combine and serve!
I tossed about a cup of salsa in a bowl of greens with a little canola oil, topped with a few more spoonfuls and 1/4 of a chopped avocado and called it dinner.
Take note that my motto is “Eat Now. Clean Later.” I suspect this salsa will get even better as the flavors blend together. I probably should have doubled this recipe.
And a couple chocolate squares, because it’s been a couple days.
OK maybe just one day, but who’s counting.