Meathenge Salad

Not sure what came over me, but I made a salad. Not even bacon in this sucker, no ma’am. This right here is a bowl completely filled with perfectly diced green things, red things, shaved an orange root action with some carefully rinsed garbonzos. Severe craziness, I faced my fears, I own these vegetables souls.
For the last 2 Sundays I’ve hosted dinner parties for one reason or another. Tiny E’s birthday was by far the best of the two versus Easter. What this typically means is I supply, cook and serve the meat. If you’re interested in anything else? It’s up to you to bring it. Oh sure, I have napkins and utensils. But it’s up to you to bring the beverages, dinner rolls, appetizers, BBQ beans, salads, whatever else you’d normally expect to already be there. I’m all about the meat.
Today, Mother’s Day, was being hosted by my dear sister and her husband Meathead. All well and good, but last week I got an email stating they were going to supply, cook and serve the meat. What the hell am I supposed to bring then?
I had to meditate on this salad stuff. What did it mean to me? Should I get a recipe for “salad”? That seemed kinda silly. Sure, I could have made it more difficult than it needed to be, but I’m not wired that way. Keep the salad simple, baby steps here pally boy.
This morning found Biggles in the vegetable section, mildly freaking out. I’d been able to keep myself in check during the week, but it was go time. Sure I’d purchased veggies for garnish, adding to soups & stews, pot roast and crock-pot meals. But this was different. This salad thing had to be good on its own, it needed to be edible.
I quickly pulled myself together and started with greens, then moved along quietly. And by quietly I mean, complete and utter stealth mode. I have a reputation to uphold here! I can’t be seen buying such things without a large hunk of meat to simmer along with.
I did it, pulled it together and came out on top. I made a salad and it was good.
And speaking of good, as I turned around with my salad knife in hand, caught my sister with a burger slurpee. MMmmmMMmm, burger slurpee.
xo, Biggles

16 thoughts on “Meathenge Salad

  1. That’s gotta be the prettiest salad I’ve ever seen, despite not having any meat in it. Gorgeous photo. And it’s fun to see that red hair runs in your family as well as meat appreciation. 🙂 Welcome back after a long absence. You were missed.

  2. Hay,
    Thank you! It’s good to be back.
    Kevin, ya know I didn’t think it was going to be edible, let alone good. Surprised the hell out of me.
    xo, Biggles

  3. Holy crap! I check every now and again to see if there’s been a sighting and here we are! With salad and lots of exclamation points!
    Next time, really dazzle ’em with spinach/strawberry (and various sundry veggies) salad. If you really need to impress, be sure to make a nice strawberry/balsamic reduction to dress it. People will be coming at you with thermometers to make sure you’re not in a fevered hallucination.
    As always, best to you and yours.

  4. Fruit in a salad? Oh right, and the next thing you’ll tell me is that people put nuts in there too.
    I had 3 different kinds of greens in there, spinach was one of them. Butter lettuce was another … arugula? Not sure.
    xo, Biggles

  5. Biggles! YAY! Good to know you’re mingling with family and veggies. We’ve been thinking about you. I sat down, studied, and became a CNA/HHA, certified nursing assistant/home health aid. Eric has an angry toe, and I can nurse it. Hmmm, that sounds odd. We look forward to seeing you!
    Janet Sue, Dr. Nurse Head

  6. Hey Janet!
    I think about you guys alla time, haven’t made a physical connection yet though. Congrats on the nursing action, sounds exciting. Eric has an angry toe? Seened doctor? Gout? Naw, that can’t be it, not with a steady diet of mountain dew.
    xo, Biggles

  7. Hey Brooklyn,
    Thank you, it feels GREAT. I’m not going anywhere, fell out of the habit and my schedule has changed so drastically. Time to climb back on and see what there is to see out there.
    xo, Biggles

  8. Hey Biggles,
    That salad looks GREAT. It’s always good to get out of your comfort zone once in awhile. What sort of dressing did you put on that tribute to the leafy greens?
    Chuck M, PSMGC

  9. So I get to my hotel room in Yelm, WA, last night (Yelm being the home of Stewart’s Meat Market, the FINEST meat market I’ve ever been to) and go to bed. This morning, I turn on the ancient laptop, the same laptop that I turned on last 153 days ago. Well on this old computer, Meathenge is on my “Favorites” list, so I think, what the heck, I’ll see if ‘Ol Bigs has been up to anything. I’ve gotta admit, I’ve sorta quit checking so often. Well low and behold, a new post from the master. And he’s got my mouth watering with a salad of all things. Good to have you back, old man!

  10. Chandler !!! It’s good to see you. And, you and me both have been vacant here for quite some time, eh? My sister and her husband got the new software, design and banner up a few days ago. Am using it to find some inspiration to cook something, anything. But at the moment, ain’t getting home to dinner, to eat, until 9pm or so. In any case, it’s good to see you and hope you and your family are doing well.

    xo, Biggles