The first snack I had at one of two Super Bowl parties yesterday was a deep-fried Oreo cookie, washed down with a sip of white wine. Sunday Funday! My friends purchased a deep fryer years ago for about $30, and said the only time they ever use it is at Super Bowl parties. The crowd supported this strongly; people brought freshly shaved shoe string-style potatoes, risotto balls, mozzarella sticks, mini Snickers, jalapeños, and of course Oreos. There was a line of food ready for frying and a trove of hands ready for grabbing up the treats.
The friends who own this now-famous fryer (hi Rachel & Dan!) laughed at how a relatively inexpensive purchase, used so infrequently, was totally worth it. They’re a health-conscious duo, but if we’re all being real then we readily admit that a fried Oreo was pretty damn tasty. Dan’s comment was actually that it was basically an “Oreo funnel cake.” And who would turn that down? Not me, friends.
Dan also commented that he knows someone else who bought a deep fryer and started using it multiple times a week, so he got rid of it. Two ends of the spectrum here; it’s okay to realize that having something in your kitchen isn’t the best idea for you. Deep fryers for this guy, Oreos for me.
So, we enjoyed yesterday’s celebrations for whatever reason (#Bey) and maybe the spread wasn’t a prime example of average day-to-day eating habits. But it could be just one afternoon/evening of one day, in the grand scheme, and that’s not much. This is where the script of “balance and moderation” could play on repeat, and it matters. I’m not waking up with leftover fried Oreos for breakfast (psh, there weren’t any “leftovers” anyway), or opening up space in our fridge by drinking a few of those beers tonight. I think of a day like that, where we feel compelled to eat while celebrating something – e.g. sitting around for hours watching talented people play a sport and other talented people perform – as a standalone event. Even if you have nutrition-conscious friends who brought over the “healthy” stuff, chances are that plenty of “junk” food was consumed anyway. (I only contributed a bottle of wine and some leftover Carnet-made chili from a Friday office lunch.) Let it be, enjoy what you enjoy, fry what you might want to fry, and then let it go. Get back to doing, drinking, eating the things that make you feel good the next day – and have a moment where you have to be honest with yourself and admit that fried cookies are not on the list of those daily feel-good things.
And if you’re now thinking about investing in a deep-fryer, I have plenty of ideas for how and where you could use it. Padding my party-conversation-topics pocket with that one.