Peanut butter in a pandemic
by Charlotte Babcock
I don’t know about you dear readers, but this horrible pandemic has occasioned a number of restrictions in my lifestyle – the most notable of which is my inability to go almost anywhere which means I don’t get to the supermarket about every other day or so… and which has now become the hottest destination in town for me for many months. I have to think really hard (which in itself can be hard) before venturing there maybe once a week to stock up on things to eat.
However, I have stumbled onto something I’ve taken for granted for years – peanut butter. I’ve always loved peanut butter but it was just something that hung around (like an old, comfortable t-shirt) for occasional use, but not anymore. It’s really important now. Let me repeat that- it’s really important now!
I will never starve with peanut butter in the house. Let me explain. I have found that it can be used for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I used to buy little jars, but now I’m buying big jars so it will last longer.
Take breakfast. Try peanut butter on toast. You might want to drizzle some honey on it or, if you have some bacon, crumble some crisp bacon on it – or even better, slice a banana over it.
Next, let’s do lunch. Peanut butter and jelly is the time-honored lunch for the school kid. I know it was for me when I came home for lunch from grade school. The jelly was always grape which went pretty well with my milk. I fixed that combination for my own children, too. Daughter Vickie, however, told me in reminiscing that if she never saw another peanut butter sandwich again it would be too soon. I said she never had that many PB & Js which caused her to laugh derisively. Daughter Linda as a youngster, was not shy about ordering PB & Js at restaurants – even in New York – which always got big smiles from the servers, who, by the way, obliged – but they came with a price!
For lunch, I can always put peanut butter and apples together and they’re a good and tasty combination. I have to peel the apple and cut it into quarters, though.
There’s sometimes a mid-afternoon snack made up of peanut butter and cracker sandwiches. The crackers tend to crumble somewhat, so I watch out for that.
For dinner I have a favorite entree` which I highly recommend to be eaten with your favorite drink. But don’t serve it with a martini. Those two are not at all compatible. Now here we go. I use two pieces of good bread. I spread one slice generously with peanut butter, the other slice generously with good mayo, then I grab a generous crunchy bunch of lettuce, smash it all together and I’m just delighted!
I’m also working on a tasty goulash with peanut butter, but I’m not ready to share that with you just yet.
I must tell you though, there is a warning about peanut butter that you have to watch out for and it is this. It’s called arachibutyrophobia which is the fear of peanut butter getting stuck to the roof of the mouth.
I hope I’ve helped you to use the very versatile peanut butter. Good luck and good eating.
P.S. Note of interest: the month of November is designated “National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month.” Yes it’s true!