Making the Ordinary, Extraordinary
ve reached food enlightenment. In my past travels <a title="Loveland Cafe" href="http://thegreatzambini.com/2013/04/23/loveland-cafe/">to Colorado</a>, I discovered a culture centered on hot sauce. And <a title="Benson Sculpture Park" href="http://thegreatzambini.com/2013/03/14/benson-sculpture-park/">statues</a> and <a title="Fantastic Fritter" href="http://thegreatzambini.com/2013/03/23/fantastic-fritter/">fritters</a> and <a title="Denver Aquarium" href="http://thegreatzambini.com/2013/03/16/denver-aquarium/">aquariums</a> and <a title="Loveland Cafe" href="http://thegreatzambini.com/2013/04/23/loveland-cafe/">gluten free brownies</a> in a cafe. My family there had shelves with a collection of fifty or more bottles, and many of their neighbors were worse! There are people that collect them, for the range of flavors (but mainly for the cheeky labels- one variety that stood out to me was the <a href="http://www.gourmetmikes.com/celhotsauc.html">celebrity mockers</a>) and the bragging rights involved with an extensive collection. Maybe it is the Western style of wine collecting. Except in California they literally do wine collecting, so I guess it's something that can't be explained- that pretty much sums up Colorado for me after several visits throughout the years.s of Weird Stuff in There. Why?
There are competitions for making and tasting hot sauces, rather like the South has barbeque competitions, though not as wildly and fanatically followed as far as I can tell. I have yet to hear of a hot sauce fight, unlike some quarrels that have come about due to regional variations in Bar-B-Q. (I'll just put it out there: I prefer Carolina style!)
More importantly than all of that, though, is food. Normal food, like scrambled eggs, suddenly become amazing works of art when you add in some hot sauce (I like sri racha, though there is really nothing American about it) and perhaps spicy sausage (spicy andouille from New Orleans or Mexican style Chorizo).
But what happens when you use extraordinary food as your base, and add the hot sauce to that?
<div>1 large bag <a href="http://www.wildharvestorganic.com/servlets/productDetails?productId=242&categoryId=22">blue corn tortilla chips</a></div>
<div>two yucca tubers</div>
<div>2 red bell peppers, diced</div>
<div>1 jalapeno, sliced rounds</div>
<div>3 cups roasted corn kernels</div>
<div>1 cup gherkin pickles, diced</div>
<div>1/2 cup smoked gouda, shredded</div>
<div>1/2 cup smoked cheddar, shredded</div>
<div>3 teaspoons <a href="http://www.thehotsaucestop.com/Daves-Ginger-Peach-Hot-Sauce/">peach hot sauce</a>, or another variety</div>
<div>2 tablespoons <a href="http://www.thecraftyblogstalker.com/2013/09/smaller-portion-best-homemade-ranch.html">home made ranch</a> for a dipping sauce (or store bought, to save time)</div>
<h2 style="text-align:center;"><span style="color:#cf2f56;">Lot
Yucca may be one of the awkwardest veggie I’ve seen in a while, though all root vegetables tend to be kind of gnarly. Yucca is probably going to be named the next superfood. Have you noticed that every whole food seems to gain that label, as they are always finding that unadulterated foods have more health factors than a few vitamins and minerals? #Rabbithole tangents. Anyways, yucca helps regulate blood sugar and eases diabetic symptoms. (A natural way to stop blood sugar comas, combined with the mini meal system and staying relatively low carb, as well as super low sugar.) It also helps with sun damage, which makes sense considering it grows in a very sunny region. (Few trees= endless sun exposure). It
s almost like someone planned out this nature thing! The San Fransisco Chronicle wrote a more in depth <a href="http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/yucca-root-health-benefits-4529.html">article</a> on the subject.s because they eat plenty of food, but almost none of it is nutritionally dense. So, in an effort to prevent such a fate in at least my own life (the world weary career people that look older than my grandma at a mere forty- unhealthy living and stress lead to early wrinkles!) I try to rotate which foods I use to accomplish a flavor and texture task inside of each dish.
<h3><span style="color:#ff6600;">Some Diet Variety</span></h3>
I know I harp about this a lot, but it really is pretty important to include a lot of variety in your diet. Did you know that much of the Western population (of the world, not just of the country) is actually malnourished? That
I adapted this recipe from food republic, to make sure it is gluten free and to make things a little more interesting. I don`t think the final recipe bears any resemblance to the original, so feel free to look it up for an Irish nachos recipe. Feel free to adapt my recipe as you like!
This recipe was also slightly based on an Irish nachos dish I got at an Irish pub in the city next to Loveland. I don’t remember the pub’s name or the city’s name, though. All I remember is sticky seats and surprisingly amazing cheesy tater tots with ranch dipping sauce. Sorry for not remembering more, but I pulled this one out of the data banks from a year ago, so I guess it’s pretty reasonable I don’t remember non-food related details. (I don’t remember much of anything that happened longer than a week ago these days. I blame college!)