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Your Butt Cheeks is Warm

Posted Mar 03 2009 4:28pm
Tenacious D? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Well, those for whom this post's title resonates will be able to guess what kind of meat ended up in my dinner. For those poor souls out there that remain unviolated by Jack Black's rocktastic lyrics, here's a last-minute crash course, if you care to get in with the cool kids (or just have some readin' music).



So, now that that's out of the way, here's what I brung out of the cupboard for supper tonight:

I have to say 'supper' if I'm eating N'awleans style food, right? Anyway, I meant to do this last Tuesday for Mardi Gras, but...then I didn't. I thought tonight was a good opportunity, being Tuesday as well, and following on the heels of my cooking failure last night. This mix is pretty much dummy-proof. I followed the package instructions, but used 1/2 lb. of beef kielbasa instead of a full pound, and I chucked in a 10 oz. package of frozen green beans as well to bulk it up nutritionally.

Nothing photogenic, but damn delicious. Must be the MSG. :) I'm not going to freak out about that - I doubt anyone has died from eating 1/6th of the package at a time. I discovered this jambalaya mix in college, when I wasn't quite as nutritionally discerning, and I always loved it hardcore. In fact, I think the last time I made it was when I was still in college five years ago. It's about time I brought sexy back. And as Tenacious D reminds us, there are few things sexier than kielbasa sausage.

Ok, you might have passed the Tenacious D name-that-tune, but how about this one-worder (hint: movie quote):

"Tapioca?"

Watch this classic clip for the answer:


I think any real Johnny Depp fan woulda gotten that. ;)

So yeah, I will forever associate tapioca pudding with Benny & Joon (despite the fact that the clip above has nothing to do with tapioca, it's just the best part of the movie), and tonight marks my first venture into homemade pudding. I have a box of dry tapioca that was one of those things you have to buy a whole container of just to use a tablespoon for some weird recipe. I decided it was time to get my money's worth and do the damn thing. The box had a a recipe for Chocolate Tapioca Pudding on the back, so while the jambalaya simmered, I made this happen:

(That being the 'after' picture, of course.)

The recipe is simple and easy, if you care to venture into homemade tapioca yourself. You'll need these ingredients for the version I made, which happens to be vegan:

  • 1/4 cup granulated tapioca
  • 3 cups (2 cans) coconut milk (I used organic lite from Whole Foods)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (I used vegan ones from Whole Foods)
  • 1 tbsp sugar/sweetener

All you need is a saucepan.

  1. Bring the coconut milk, tapioca and salt to a boil in a saucepan and allow to simmer for 12-15 minutes, until the tapioca is transparent.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in the microwave or a double boiler.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the chocolate and sugar.
  4. Refrigerate to room temperature and stir, breaking up any tapioca lumps.

I barely let it get to room temperature before I dove in and had to have some, but I think it will be even better once it has a chance to get really cold. Holy moly, was this good! You can really taste the coconut in it, so it's quite rich without being totally sinful. It also tastes like real chocolate, which is fabulous for obvious reasons (plus some of us, myself included, are a little desensitized by chocolate protein powders these days - protein shake this is not!).

Anyway, I'm done now. I hope I have entertained you! At the very least, you have gained a window into my world of random associations. The end.

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