Yesterday’s schedule was supposed to go something like this:
12:00 – Drive to Nishinoomote to buy peanut butter (most of the groceries sold in Nakatane are acceptable, but nobody sells peanut butter down here and the foul product known as “peanut whip” is just that – foul).
3:00 – Go for a run at the beach (yah, I know…my life is rough).
Instead I ended up damn near destroying my website by trying to manually translate it into Japanese, which resulted in some hair-pulling and me eating an entire bag of chocolate covered orange spicy things (I swear that’s better than it sounds). By the time I finished fixing everything it was 1:00, I hadn’t solved the Japanese problem and I was still in my pajamas. On the plus side I did learn how to back up my databases and make sense of convoluted WordPress help documents.
I decided to get my groceries in Nakatane before I went up to Nishinoomote and as I was buying bags of mixed nuts I thought, “Hey, wouldn’t it be a waste to drive all the way up to Nishi just for peanut butter? Look! There’s a giant bag of peanuts, why don’t you just make your own?” And that’s exactly what I did.
Here’s the recipe: Put 2 cups of peanuts in the blender and set one half a cup of peanuts off to the side. Blend the peanuts for about ten seconds or until chopped. Add 2 tablespoons of butter to the blender and blend for 5-10 seconds at a time until it looks like peanut butter. Add the last half cup of peanuts to make it “chunky.”
Here’s what I did:
First of all, I opted to shell my own peanuts. The wisdom of this decision is still up for debate, especially since I ground down both my thumb nails by splitting the shells.
An hour later I had 1 5/8 cups of peanuts and just didn’t have it in me to shell the rest. So I started blending. I added a little over a tablespoon of butter, but after several 10 second intervals of blender action it wasn’t looking even remotely like peanut butter, so I added another tablespoon. I should have had more patience and trusted the recipe, since my peanut butter ended up being a little soupier than it should have been, but whatever. A night in the refrigerator solidified it right up.
I had a carrot with my peanut butter today and all in all it turned out quite tasty. Although, for some reason, the flavor isn’t as peanut butter-y as store-bought peanut butter. It’s probably the lack of sugar and other preservatives. Haha…or maybe that extra cup of peanuts makes all the difference.