Joy (cithra) wrote,

in praise of peanut butter

It might be an exaggeration to say that peanut butter saved my life, but I am certain it kept me from developing kwashiorkor or something similarly nasty. I was a very picky eater as a child, disdaining the vast majority of the cattle-country meat-and-vegetable dishes my mother produced for the family. Nor did I like seafood, and even most poultry was a struggle - you can begin to see why becoming vegetarian has been pretty easy for me as I've never really liked meat in the first place. Anyway, foreign cuisine outside Americanized Chinese food being doubly foreign to my mom, when the pediatrician steered her towards peanut butter we were both content. I took peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch at school, and things were good.

What this has to do with now is simply my sitting here enjoying peanut butter and crackers with my latte, and being reminded how much I like it. Since I often feel like most of what I write is by way of complaint, I thought I'd season the mix with some rare outright enthusiasm.

So that's two ground up legumes I'm enamored of -- I wonder if there are more I'm forgetting. (hummus/garbanzo beans being the other).

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