Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Proof Is In The Pudding!

So, the amazingly dutiful wife that I am, I treated my man to a fabulous feast on Tuesday evening. The dinner included marinating some prime Angus steaks that I bought in the marked down meat bin at Kroger's, but nobody else needs to know that. What happens in the Kroger reject meat department stays in the Kroger reject meat department. Sabe? I even broke out my fancy glass trifle bowl in order to bring the meal to a grand conclusion with Papi's favorite dessert, "This Pudding is Bananas B-A-N-A-N-A-S" Banana Pudding. It's Gwen Stefani's secret surefire No Doubt recipe.

After gorging ourselves carnivore style, I had to gently remind Papi that I spent a lot of money and time on him and that steak dinners don't come cheap. He looked genuinely confused when he wrinkled his nose and asked, "What do you mean, girlie?" Pithily, I told him "I'm just saying that I put out for your meal and now I expect the same of you." Papi's hangdog expression at this juncture was priceless.

Role reversal? Check. Breaking down gender stereotypes? Check. Making Gloria Steinem clap her hands with delight? Check. A night of dinner and free entertainment? Double check. There must have been something in them there Nilla wafers. Hmmmmm, I wonder what I could ask for if I served up steak and lobster?

18 comments:

Mimo said...

I don't get it... did he do the dishes for you? My mind can't think that quick on this new 9am church schedule.
Lucky man that Papi is that you would take the time to make such a delicious meal.

omar said...

Mmmmm, Nilla wafers...

carronin said...

You just described my man's dream night.Steak, Banana pudding, and a solictation for nukie. We would think that he had died a gone to heaven.

No Cool Story said...

"Watch it bring you to your n,n,n,n,,n n, n, n, knees, knees"
(I just HEART that part)
Is that what you were singing to your Papi Elastic?
Were the Nillas full fat or low fat?
Was the entertainment really FREE at this dinner?

I must judge all sides before I can make an informed decision.

Kimberly said...

Soooo...nilla wafers as an aphrodisiac, eh?

Elizabeth-W said...

LOVE the banana pudding!!! If that ain't comfort food, I don't know what is. My Nana makes the ultimate 'nana pudding.
I made your chili again today. When I told my parents about the 1/3 cup chili powder recipe they said it had to be a mistake. I then explained a bit about your culinary genius. Then they wanted to know how much I put in--and I said only about 3 TBS :) but I did add some green chile, and a dash of worchestershire sauce. The Fritos were a big hit, too.
I'm a firm believer in equal pay for equal work. I take the children to church for 3 hours. He gets three hours of peace and quiet. I need a little R&R, too. ;)

Syar said...

mmmm....pudding.

elasticwaistbandlady said...

mimo- Yes, I have to keep reminding Papi just how lucky he is.

Omar- Nilla wafers......food of the Blog Gods and Goddesses!

carronin- Pudding has the unique power of making every meal special and the night even specialer.

NCS- No money exchanged hands. But that wasn't for a lack of trying on my part. I love my family too much to skimp on their nilla wafer dessert. They were loaded with full-on delicious nilla flavors.....and artery clogging fat. Papi likes country music. :( Yes, really. I could serenade Papi Guns N Roses style, but for him, it don't mean a thang if it ain't got that twang. I had to put on some peppy booty shakin music today to jump start Monday. So, Move Ya Body, girl, cuz it makes the fellas go "OOH."

kimberly- My Papi has Spanish ancestry. So, technically I used Nilla Wafers to get some Spanish fly.

elizabeth- Fritos and their crunchy goodness make every meal a hit. I use a lot of chili powder because I'm feeding a family of 8 and planning for leftovers. I cook chili in our biggest pot and I keep adding things until it's at the brim. Then I smile contentedly as visions of next day chili dogs dance through my mind.

syar- That's good. A little too good, if you ask me. Are you looking to take over Bill Cosby's Jell-O pudding spokesperson job? Better watch out because he has "people", you know.

Sketchy said...

LOL, I'm sure your husband enjoyed paying his dues...

Chris said...

Now every time I see Gwen Stefani I shall forever be reminded of your pudding.

N-O-O-O-O-O-!

Thoroughly Mormon Millie said...

Oh the things men will do for food. :) They're such puppies. Tell that to Gloria Steinem.

Suzanne said...

LOL!!! You go Elastic! Woman power all the way! **wink wink nudge nudge*** :D

W&MGrad said...

I need that banana puddin' recipe! My Studmuffin's fave dessert is banana pudding!

Burg said...

I want some of that banana pudding!

Julie Q. said...

I love the artfully arranged wafers and tastefully matched napkin. I always forget to take pictures of my food until AFTER the fact. Then it's just crumbs and muck which don't look so pretty.

compulsive writer said...

I certainly don't get that reaction after whipping up a good curry.

But the proof must be in the pudding. As for the bananas . . .

May I have your recipe?

elasticwaistbandlady said...

sketchy- Me thinketh that he doth protesteth too much.

chris- Everytime I see Gwen Stefani, I'm reminded of how I used to like her music.

millie- They are like puppies. But try getting affection if you only feed them Puppy Chow. Even new and improved "now with REAL meat" Puppy Chow won't earn you so much as a kiss on the cheek.

suzanne- I use the "woman power" cry a lot. Like when I don't shave my pits or feel like wearing a bra.

W&M Grad!!!!- It's been a looooooong time and I thought you gave up blogger for good. Just having you as his woman should be reward enough for Studmuffin. You can serve him pre-packaged banana pudding and he won't even notice because he'll be so intent on you.

burg- You and me both. I lifted this picture from Kraft foods web site because it looked purdier than my own confection creation. I used mini-Nilla wafers so that I could use the whole box and make it fit in the bowl easier.

julie q- I took this picture from Kraft who has a team of trained professionals to make their food look good. I only worry about the taste. Besides, truth be known, that "pudding" picture is probably sawdust cookies and whipped glue topping.

compulsive- Curry? MMMMMMMM. Try dropping some oysters into it. I found the recipe on the Internet. I'll look for it and link it here.

jams o donnell said...

Strange I am sure I commented on this! Ah well,,, A steak? You realise that for the vast majority of us med all you needed was to click you finger!

all the not-wife would need to do is point at the staids and shout BED vut I am a simple creature!