I ate sauerkraut last week. Four times. With hot dogs. And pastrami. Who am I?
My pregnancy cravings have been totally bizarre. This didn’t happen with The Bug. I am not a huge chocolate person when it comes to just eating straight up chocolate. I mean, I loves me some chocolate frosting, chocolate ice cream, chocolate oatmeal, maybe the occasional cupcake or peanut butter cup. But just chocolate candy – rarely happens. Now though, you don’t want to know how many bags of Ghirardelli chocolate chips I have consumed.
But this is not the weird part. The weird part is the salty/savory food cravings that I have never had in my life, and things that I have tried and liked that I never liked before. Like sauerkraut. Hated it as a kid. Hated all things cabbage. Then I had it once in my first trimester, and suddenly, I consider it delicious. I am totally not a potato chip girl, yet back in August, The Hubby and I went away for a weekend, and I had to have potato chips and fries and hot dogs… repeatedly. He was asking the same question as I just did, “Who are you, and what have you done with my fried-food-hating, repulsed-by-processed-meat wife? And can I keep you?”
And don’t get me started on ketchup…
Why do you think I make my own? It isn’t just for The Bug and his passion for dipping. Lately I have had a passion for dipping. Which is also why I make my own “fries”. If I were eating the “real” stuff, I would be ginormous. And I love that by making my own ketchup, there is no added sugar or other stuff, and basically it is just flavored tomato paste – totally counts towards your daily veggie consumption.
And this Worcestershire Ketchup – totally fancy pants ketchup. It is somewhere in between plain tomato ketchup and steak sauce. Definitely more complex and interesting than the plain kind. And is a wonderful complement to my fancy French (as in Hebes de Provence – see, serious fancy pantsyness happening) sweet potato fries, though equally delicious with just a basic oven fry. And wait till I tell you about my blue cheese volcano burgers!
I haven’t made my own hot dogs (umm, ewww!), but I did find some tasty, all-beef, organic, gluten-free dogs from Applegate Farms. Obsessed! Give me some ketchup and fries, and I am good to go! Oh, and the sauerkraut with mustard. I still baffle myself.
Is there something you hated as a kid, that you tried again as an adult and now love?
- 6 oz. can tomato paste
- ½ c Worcestershire Sauce
- ½ t kosher salt
- ½ t dried thyme
- ⅛ t freshly ground pepper
- ½ t dry mustard
- Add all ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.