I decided to marry my quest to eat light this week with my quest to get better adjusted to seaweed / sea vegetables. I made a Rice Noodle and Edamame Salad. This ended up being a bit of an adventure, due to one pesky ingredient: 1 cup arame or dulse seaweed. But I was sure I could get away with this! Sure, those dried seaweed snacks never did stop making me gag, but I have no problem putting down kappa maki like there is no tomorrow! I figured there should be no problem putting some seaweed in a rice noodle salad, considering it wasn't going to be dry and crispy like tissue paper, which is what I was assuming was making me have such a problem with those atrocious seaweed snacks.
You probably won't be surprised to know that Whole Foods had a rather large selection of "sea vegetables." And you will also not be surprised to hear they mostly ranged from expensive, to ridiculously expensive! Most cost between $8 and $22 for a package! I couldn't do that, so I decided on the cheapest one I could find, which was a small pouch of Wakame for $3.
Now, the wakame needed to be reconstituted before using it, which you do by just soaking it for several minutes. I poured the entire package into a 4 cup measuring cup, and realized it only contained 3/4 cup, which was less than the recipe asked for. But I figured it would be ok to go light on the sea vegetable. So, I covered it with water, and then, went about my business. And boy, was I in for the shock of my night!
|This is what the wakame looked like when I put it into the measuring cup.|
|Next time I looked at it, it looked like this!|
Well, I have now confirmed for sure that my issues with seaweed run deep. YUCK! I could barely manage to eat half of my salad. I had to just try and shovel it in without thinking about it, because if I stopped to contemplate what I was eating, it made me feel queasy and nauseated! Seaweed is very troubling! At least in every other context besides wrapped around some sushi rice and sliced avocado!
|Doesn't it look pretty? And yet, it tasted so ugly!|
|I did a little research on Greek Mythology. Here is Echidna, sea monster associated with slime, sea-rot, fetid salt-marshes, and I'm assuming, sea weed. No wonder it tastes so ugly!|
Finally, THANK YOU to all of you who have brought my view count to 1000!!! That was very exciting to me!!! And, as promised, I am no longer upset about those losers who were going around calling me a bad wife!