Posts Tagged ‘peanut butter’

I was going to write a Lent update today, but when looking at posts from Lent last year I discovered this one about J discovering how delicious peanut butter is. That actually never became a problem– he doesn’t eat it on a regular basis so my stash is still my own– but what I was floored by was how the price of peanut butter has changed. Less than one year ago, I wrote that I paid 3.50 EUR for a jar of peanut butter at the Stockmann grocery store (which, as far as I know, is the only place that sells the American brands). Do you want to know how much I paid for a jar from that same store about 2 weeks ago? 5.60 EUR.  That’s $7.50! I know it’s ridiculous, but I was desperate. Fortunately we’re going to the States again in just a few short weeks (I can’t believe we’re going again so soon!) so then I can stock up on peanut butter that isn’t absurdly overpriced.

So the price of peanut butter changing is clearly not so nice. But some change is good– like, for example, J getting a new job at an exciting Estonian company! Our everyday routine is much different now, mainly because he used to work from home so he’d pretty much always be here. Now he works long days and gets home after 7, which means I have some time to myself at home (which used to happen very rarely) plus I’ve been cooking more so that dinner will be ready when J gets home (yes, I’m such a good little soon-to-be-wife). Hopefully some of my cooking will make it onto the poor neglected blog eventually as well.

Oh, one more change just came to mind! Please don’t hate me when I say this (it kind of makes me hate myself a little bit), but I’ve become one of those people who loves exercising in the morning. I used to be a solid after-work-and-on-weekends runner and I thought that exercising before work would make me get sleepy during the day. But somehow I discovered that waking up just half an hour earlier and running before work leaves me feeling amazing for the rest of the day. I know, what an annoying thing for me to say… but it’s true! I must confess that there was also an external factor motivating me to get up in the mornings– every since the new year began it has been so hard to get a treadmill at the gym after 5 pm, but in the mornings? The place is practically deserted, and I rather like the feeling of having the gym to myself!


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This could be a problem

Like most men, J has a pretty hearty appetite. If there’s a food he likes around, he is likely to eat quite a bit of it.  J also works from home, so he grazes the food we have there all day. If there are leftovers in the fridge when I leave for work in the morning, there’s no guarantee that I’ll be seeing them when I get home later. Usually this is fine, as I’m used to it. I’m not territorial over the food in the kitchen… with perhaps one exception.

It all started with the toasted, salted nut kick we’ve been on recently. I  toasted some almonds to chop up and use on salads, yogurt, etc. J discovered that toasted nuts taste a hundred times better than their raw counterparts and said “You know what would make these even better? Salt!” I’d never thought of making my own salted nuts before, but as it turns out, it’s super easy. First I made a batch of salted mixed nuts, then later just salted peanuts, which J loved. That’s how I think I may have gotten myself into trouble.

See, I love peanut butter and eat it every day, but it’s always been just “my thing”, my little American quirk. I have my peanut butter jar(s) and J doesn’t touch them. I go through them at my own pace and, when there’s a spoonful or two left in a jar, I use it as a delicious receptacle for my morning oatmeal.

However, much to my dismay, J came to realize that toasted peanuts are amazing and that peanut butter is just like delicious roasted peanuts, except in wondrously creamy form. As I watched in horror, he pulled my jar of White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter from the shelf, helped himself to a spoonful, and said, “Man, that’s actually really good.” Noooo — what have I done??

I suppose I should be pleased that he realizes that peanut butter is not just some weird American obsession, but a genuinely delicious and versatile food product (because who doesn’t like to say “I told you so”?). On the other hand, I’m afraid I’ll be kissing my (dear, precious, expensive—a jar of creamy Skippy is 3.50 EUR at Stockmann!) peanut butter stash good-bye once we have two avid peanut butter eaters in the house. Sigh. If you come to visit us, bring some peanut butter, won’t you?

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In honor of NaBloPoMo, I decided it was about time to open one of my most precious food souvenirs from our trip to America– a jar of PB&Co‘s White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter.

Yes, I know I’m way too excited about this.

I spread it on a couple of plain Selga biscuits and of course tasted a little straight as well. It has a really nice texture, smooth but with just the slightest grit of peanuts. The jar smells of fresh peanuts.

I honestly didn’t taste very much white chocolate. It is sweeter than regular peanut butter but the fresh peanut flavor is so strong that the white chocolate only came through in the aftertaste. I don’t know if I’d be able to pinpoint the flavor in a blind taste test, but it’s still really good and was an excellent snack with the Selga biscuits.

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Food souvenirs

Of course there were a million edible items I would’ve loved to bring home from the States, but due to SAS’s new one-bag policy that wasn’t possible. If they still allowed two checked bags, I can guarantee one would have been filled entirely with food (and wine). As it is, here are some of the items that made it home with me.

Corn bread mix from the Wonder/Hostess Outlet.

Chocolate halvah from a Middle Eastern store in Philly.

Various Clif, Luna, and granola bars (but no Läras– they’re so expensive!).

I tried a few Clif bars during the trip– White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, Chocolate Chip, and Maple Nut. I think the Chocolate Chip was my favorite. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut tasted more like coconut than white chocolate, which is OK. And I like how Maple Nut has little crunchies in it to give texture, not just pieces of nuts.

Mini chipotle seasoning cubes.

Saigon pancake mix from a cool Korean market in Maryland.

Various hot sauces and barbecue sauces.

A whole bunch of candy, but most of it has already been eaten :-).

This might be the item I’m most excited about– Peanut Butter & Co’s White Chocolate Wonderful.

I haven’t opened it yet, because I’m not sure what to do with it– eat it with breakfast? Eat it with dessert? Either way I know once it’s open it’ll be gone far too quickly, and I won’t be able to replace it. Quite the dilemma… but on the happy day that I do open it, I’ll be sure to let you know how it is!

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