Saturday, April 22, 2006

Tempeh Rubens

Last night I decided I wanted to make some tempeh rubens as a last hurrah before I start eating trail food. I bicycled 1 mile to the local HEB grocery store and wandered all over the place looking for tempeh. It's usually kept near the tofu, in the produce section. This store didn't apear to have any! I asked a lady wandering amongst the lettuce if she had seen any tempeh. She looked at me blankly and asked, "What's that?"

I hopped back on my bicycle and went to Albertsons, which is 1.7 miles from my house. No luck there either! I asked the produce guy if they sold tempeh in the store. He asked me how to spell it...When I told him it was a soybean product that was usually sold with all the other hippie food (tofu, soy cheese, etc), he remarked that I must be a second generation hippie. He claimed he was just a first generation, and wasn't that advanced in hippie food.

I stood in the produce section for a while, dazed and confused. It just never occured to me that a big grocery store wouldn't have tempeh. It was a real I'm not in Vermont anymore moment!

Ahhh well. I picked up some pasta sauce and zucchini, went home and made spaghetti with red sauce, sauteed onions, zucchini, yellow squash, and a green salad. I'm slowly cooking everything I have left in the cupboards and fridge. I have some chicken in there I need to figure out what to do with.


Winky said...

PLEASE keep posting your adventures on-line SOMEWHERE. I don't think you should bring your laptop, just because it could and probably will get damaged, stolen or REALLY HEAVY by the end of the trail. It is fun for us to read about your exploits and follow along.

Viajera said...

I had trouble the other day in the grocery store looking for quinoa. I asked one of the store employees and they had no idea what I was talking about. When we finally found it, they were pronouncing it "kwinoa"! I had to tell them "No, keen-wa!" LOL