Friday, November 6, 2009

Refried Beans

So much for attempting to post daily blogs, but at least this time I haven't waited several months! So much is on my mind these days, it is hard to narrow things down to one topic. What has been at the forefront of my mind lately is refried beans. I bet you didn't expect THAT to be my topic of discussion today! Did you know that refried beans are usually cooked with lard? True! It was a Jeopardy question...or actually a jeopardy answer, "staple side at many tex mex restaurants, cooked in lard," to which the contestants were stumpted, and Alex had to tell them "What are refried beans." I almost a fairly new vegetarian, I was glad that I don't particularly like refried beans, so I haven't really eaten them, definitely in over 5 years. Phew....still a vegetarian! Rock on ME!!!
To confirm Alex's response, I went to a Tex-Mex restaurant last night which shall remain nameless--for reasons that will later become obvious. Anyhoo, when ordering our fajitas (veggie for me!, steak & chicken for others!) and burritos and enchiladas, I asked if there was pork in their beans. Our waiter said, yes, the refried beans and some other type were cooked in lard (Yay for jeopardy's thorough researchers!). We got vegetarian black beans or Tamilito (yummy sweet corn!!!), and proceeded to devour the chips & salsa while our food was being prepared....
Okay, so the rest of this story is not for those with soft stomachs. So if things gross you out, please sign off of my blog promptly! So, there we were, ecstatic that our main entrees finally arrived when one amongst us who was suddenly not feeling so well, suddenly felt the urge to hurl. We quickly emptied one of empty plates and passed them to the sick one. Within seconds, the previously hot and crunchy chips, dipped into not-so-spicey salsa, along with small nibbles of chicken enchiladas, came pouring out onto the white ceramic plate. Mind you, minutes earlier, I had just questioned my fellow diners, "Why are these restaurants soooo dark, I can barely see the menu!" To which someone responded, "So people can get drunk and others will not be bothered by the tripped out stares and looks or actions of the tipsy diners!" I thought it made sense at the time, but NOW, I was quite thankful, whatever the reason, for the dim-dim lights! The sick patron was able to feel better without any surrounding patrons of the restaurant staring or being disturbed! Of course I stood in front, pretending to put my jacket on, in order to obscure any threatening, or pitying looks.
To close my story, and my blog of the day, let me end with two points. First, the most important, the sick one quickly left, and soon felt better upon returning home. Perhaps her sudden bout of nausea stemmed from a long day spent in the hospital without any nourishment, only to have her tummy bombarded by the Tex-Mex, usually delicious, but not always nutritious food! Whatever the case, she is better now.
My second and final point brings me to the white ceramic plate. If you were to walk by and glance at it, you may have to rethink that Jeopardy answer and question. Because at first and second glance, the white ceramic plate now looked as though it was half filled with refried beans--lard excluded!
Sorry, but I warned you to stop reading if you didn't think you could stomach the rest...Just in case you can't stomach it, be sure to find yourself a white dish--you might end up with some refried beans!*

*please note that the "newly refried beans" were thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. No persons present were harmed or in danger at any and all times!