In grade school I remember reading the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. It was about a kid that just had one of those days where nothing can go right. I always sympathized with poor Alexander. I have had many a day like that in my lifetime. It had been a while though, so I knew I was due for one. Yesterday my terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day caught up with me.
It was sunny and beautiful. My friend Meg was in town and I had planned to take Quinn out to the suburbs to see her. We had plans for lunch and then I would head back to the city to go to my sister’s birthday party. It was going to be a great day. Then we looked at the credit card bill. We were getting charges from I-Pass for $40 every week for the last 2 months. I know for sure I don’t drive the highways that much. After an hour on the phone with them we came to no conclusion except that the new owner of our previous car is driving through I Pass without paying and I Pass is charging us for it. No solution about who’s going to pay for it though.
This whole debacle in turn made me late for our lunch with Meg. We hopped in the car and drove 2 blocks. Then someone backed out of a driveway right into my car. The impact tore the wheel apart and knocked off the alignment. Perfect. Quinn and I were both okay, as was the other driver. This was good. The car was undriveable. This was bad. My husband was leaving for the weekend on a golf trip and would be left with no transportation. It was all a big pain in the rear. To top it all off, it was only 11 A.M.
After the accident I decided to take my daughter home and stay away from the outside world for a few hours to prevent any other catastrophic events. What is a girl to do when she is cooped up in her condo and her daughter is sleeping? Well, cook of course. There was no chance of me going to the grocery, so I had to work with what I had.
In the end my day turned out to be okay. I got a rental, made it to my sister’s party, my daughter and I survived a crash without a scratch, and I got to cook. I can’t complain.
Jalapeno Corn Cakes
1 c flour
2/3 c milk
1 c corn kernels
1/4 jalapenos, chopped
2 Tb pimentos
In a blender or Cuisinart, combine flour, milk, and 1/2 c corn. Blend until smooth. By hand, stir in remaining corn kernels, jalapenos, and pimentos. In a preheated griddle or non-stick pan, drop 1 Tb of batter and cook like a pancake.
Great served with sour cream mixed with hot sauce or salsa.