This week, we had a crisis of epic proportions. We almost ran out of peanut butter! Actually, it depends on your definition of “almost”, this is what we had left.
We consciously try not to recreate our American lives here. We’re trying to do things the way the Swiss do and use local products…with one exception. He loves peanut butter. He may survive on peanut butter and jelly or peanut butter and honey sandwiches (feel free to draw conclusions about the quality of my cooking).
He used to be a JIF man, but when we became DINK’s (Dual Income No Kids) we started splurging. We love Trader Joe’sPeanut Butter (the kind made from only crushed peanuts). He’s a creamy man. I’m a crunchy girl. Since he eats 30x more of it than I do, we buy creamy.
When I saw the “almost empty” jar in the fridge, I went to the nearest supermarket that I thought would have peanut butter that wasn’t completely packed with sugar and oils. They didn’t have plain crushed peanuts so I bought one that was mostly peanuts with a small amount of oil. For good measure, I bought one that was made of only crushed almonds and another of only crushed cashews. Crisis averted.
“Man cannot live by bread alone, he must have peanut butter.” – President James A. Garfield.
We had visitors and made a typically French food for them…Crepes. Yum! Being American, the finer points of crepes escape us and we used whatever we had in the fridge/pantry to fill them. We started out with Gruyerecheese, which is pretty typical. Next, we tried goat cheese, which doesn’t seem too odd here in the land of cheese.
Of course, we had to break out the chocolate.
That made us think of peanut butter. What goes really well with peanut butter? Apples and cinnamon. I’m guessing by this point we have done something that would make many French foodofiles shout “sacre bleu!”
Clearly, we were on a roll and there was no turning back. Since we had the peanut butter out, what else could we use? Jelly. The French food gods might throw a lightning bolt for that one. As Americans, we loved them and cannot recommend them highly enough.
P.S. We also made, goat cheese and berry. And yes, they were from a mix. Don’t judge. Besides, you can’t be all that surprised, we’re American.