Monday, April 25, 2011

Sesame Snap Peas and R.I.P. Old Lady Cart (2007-2011)

Yesterday, HOTUS and I hosted (HOTUSted?) our first official family holiday, if you don’t count that one time everyone came over and sang karaoke for Arbor Day. We were celebrating Easter, as well as the debut of our wedding dishes ™, a monumental event in any aspiring adult’s life. My sister and her lovely man friend brought us roses, which were promptly made into a cat appetizer (catpetizer?).

Alas, we were also commemorating the loss of our Old Lady Cart (2007-2011), a beloved and highly useful member of the family. If you’ve ever been to New York, you’ve seen an old lady cart, probably pushed around by a baby boy. (Just kidding.) The four-wheeled device is kind of like a shopping cart, but smaller, more colorful, and incredibly prone to catching a wheel on sidewalk cracks, which then causes it to pitch forward, which then causes you to fall into it (shins first), which then leaves you with a bruise that lasts longer than the Roosevelt presidency. (Franklin Delano, not Theodore No Middle Name).

Our particular Old Lady Cart bit the dust on Saturday, the victim of overloading after a trip to CostCo. What began as, “I’m just getting a hunk of brie for my parents,” turned into, “Why WOULDN’T we want 90 ounces of Palmolive?” The right front wheel snapped 60 blocks north of my apartment, in the rain, after a nasty bump. It wasn’t pretty. And neither was I, at the end of the journey. Badness.

(Also, if the nice man who helped me lug the disabled cart up three flights of subway stairs happens to read this blog – thank you. And I’m sorry I almost dropped it all those times.)

Anyway, back to Easter. We feasted on many delectable hors d’oeuvres, drank much Gruner Veltliner, and dug into a homemade pie from my Ma and Pa, the finest purveyors of homemade pie in three states (Alaska, South Carolina, and Wyoming). But the centerpiece was Dave Lieberman’s Braised Hoisin Beer Short Ribs with Creamy Mashed Yukons and Sesame Snow Peas. It’s neither cheap nor healthy, but sweet Bea Arthur, was it ever good.

Well, I take some of that back. That last part – the Sesame Snow Peas – fall quite nicely into the parameters of this here blog. Due to a mix-up at the grocery story (meaning: I got mixed up), we used snap peas instead of snow peas. No big whoop. Thing still came out dang fine. Crisp, tender, and just the right counter for extra-heavy potatoes and beef.

If you should make it yourself, feel free to reduce the oil, possibly by quite a lot. We used a nonstick skillet, and didn’t need anywhere near the prescribed amount (3 tablespoons). I think about half would do it.

And that’s it. Hope y’all had a happy (also hoppy) Easter, and that your old lady carts live forever. *sniffle*

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If this looks quite tasty, you will most definitely enjoy:
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Sesame Snap Peas
Serves 6
From Dave Lieberman.


1 lb. snap peas, washed and thoroughly dried
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
1 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted if preferred

In a large skillet, heat oils over medium-high heat. Add peas and sauté about 2 or 3 minutes, until they are bright green. Remove to a bowl and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Approximate Calories, Fat, Fiber, Protein, and Price Per Serving
99 calories, 7.7 g fat, 2 g fiber, 2.2 g protein, $0.46

NOTE: Honestly, you could probably cut the oil in half and still have a really nice dish here. Give it a shot.

Calculations
1 lb. snap peas, washed and thoroughly dried: 191 calories, 0.9 g fat, 11.8 g fiber, 12.7 g protein, $1.99
2 tablespoons vegetable oil: 265 calories, 30 g fat, 0 g fiber, 0 g protein, $0.18
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil: 119 calories, 13.5 g fat, 0 g fiber, 0 g protein, $0.40
1 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted if preferred: 17 calories, 1.5 g fat, 0.4 g fiber, 0.5 g protein, $0.17
TOTALS: 592 calories, 45.9 g fat, 12.2 g fiber, 13.2 g protein, $2.74
PER SERVING (TOTALS/6): 99 calories, 7.7 g fat, 2 g fiber, 2.2 g protein, $0.46

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9 comments:

adrienne said...

My cart was named Carter Baggins III and he died when his wheel popped off mid-shop. Sigh, miss my trusty Carter...

Kris said...

@adrienne: That is hilarious and tragic. I wave my lighter in his memory.

Anonymous said...

You are so funny. I enjoy reading what you write even when I'm not hungry!

alternakiddy said...

The snap peas look lovely. Yes, I too understand your pain of a broken cart. I did the same thing with a BJs trip. I haven't heard of a cart lasting as long as yours though, that's impressive! In old lady cart solidarity!

Katie said...

Question: where does one procure an old lady cart? I'm moving back to Boston and I won't have a car, and while grocery stores are nearby and convenient and all that, there is no way I am lugging bags all over the place. When I last lived in Boston I was so jealous of the old ladies with their carts, while I had 3 bags and a gallon of soymilk to drag home from the bus stop.

Kris said...

@Katie: When one is ready for the old lady cart, the old lady cart will present herself to you.

(Just kidding. I think we got it from a local hardware store or one of the big supermarkets. They're tricky beasts.)

Dee Seiffer said...

My daughter lives in Montreal. There is a store near the Marche' Jean-Talon that has old lady carts with fabric linings in lovely colors and patterns. I want to move out of the 'burbs and into a city so I can justify getting one.

For the burbs, I have baskets on my bike that fit grocery bags. Not nearly as colorful and cool as your cart, Kris. May it rest in peace.

Linda Lou said...

Oh my gosh, I just bought an awesome old lady cart from walmart.com. It has two levels! So no crushing! It was only $16 with free shipping... It is awesome.

Linda Lou said...

http://www.walmart.com/ip/2-Wheel-Folding-Shopping-Cart-w-Folding-Shelf-Silver/10929354

Here it is. It doesn't have four wheels but the two levels make up for that I think.