Have you ever accidentally made dessert? I've gotta say, accidentally making a dessert is one of the most amazing accidents one could experience in a lifetime of accidents. CRAZE-MAZING.
We have had a great deal of "accidents" here at the Grant house. Most of them are as un-amazing as you can get.
So the story of the accidental dessert is this: one evening we were all jonesing for something sweet, and because I am really mean to myself, I refuse to buy sweets at the grocery store. Most of the time I am thankful that I cruised right by the oreo display and refused to entertain the ice cream aisle.
But sometimes? SOMETIMES? (EVERY FEW MINUTES) I am really, really wishing for something chocolate to appear in the pantry. My kids have been known to gnaw on baking chocolate. Hiding behind closed pantry doors. With the lights off. I've seen the teeth marks, I know I'm right.
That's how dry and parched things have become on the Grant home front as far as desserts are concerned. Except this one time I bought this CRAZE-MAZING concoction (Yes, I have a bet with myself on how many times I can use craze-mazing appropriately in a sentence.) (I am winning.)
known as Nutella (RIGHT? Hive five.) because I needed it for something I was baking and well, it ended up just sitting there in the pantry, half the jar unused. In the dark. CALLING TO US. Because that is how Nutella works, that unassuming jar of hazelnut and cocoa blend, it CALLS to you.
Can you hear it?
So some genius, I can not remember who (probably me), suggested slathering it on a tortilla and toasting it on the stove top.
Now to this day in our home this is actually a "thing." Like, do you happen to have any Nutella to make those Nutella tortilla toasty things? No? RUN SWIFTLY to the store. Hurry! (That is a true story, by the way.)
I like happy accidents, don't you?
(Fortunately there was no accident involving knives and tongues.)
Other accidents aren't quite as delicious, but are just as entertaining.
I don't know about you, but making dinner every night can be a chore. Sometimes my days can be an outright marathon of activity, and finding the time to chop, dice, slice, stir, bake or sauté is a challenge. Even harder sometimes is the challenge of making new and different (and tasty!) meals that are healthy and that my family enjoys. I LOVE using my crockpot, and I found a recipe online that called for chicken, diced tomatoes and cannellini beans in the crockpot.
The thing about cannellini beans is this: Once upon a time, about 6 months ago, I went on a big kick to make home made hummus. And because I got bewildered and harried at the grocery store (my usual grocery shopping state) I bought about 2 or 10 cans of cannellini beans, because I confused them for CHICKPEAS (garbanzo beans.) And I got home, went to make some hummus, then realized I had 2 or 10 cans of the wrong bean. Back to the store I went for garbanzos. (and yes, I eventually made a small batch of, quite tasty, hummus that no one ate but me and I had to eventually throw out.) (Sad story.)
Now we are back to present day me who is at the grocery store shopping for ingredients and thinking to herself, SELF, YOU HAVE MANY CANNELLINI BEANS AT HOME.
Self, you needn't buy cannellini beans because of that one time, 6 months ago, when you bought 2 or 10 cans of them and they are sitting unused in your pantry. SCORE!
And self gets home, prepares her chicken crockpot dish, scours the pantry for the loot of cannellini beans that she is positive are taking over the canned goods shelf, and finds....
8 cans of garbanzos! And not one single can of cannellini beans.
Really, it's positively a mystery. One observation to be made here is that I need to make better bean choices. Another observation is that I need to make some hummus.