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I gotta admit, I was reeling after getting beat in Week 5 picks. I knew it was a matter of time before the Pieholes beat me. They’ve been asking a lot of good questions lately and they used some good logic to come up with their choices. Stuff like – which team is at home, which one has a better record. I, on the other hand, went with a gut feeling – not good considering the number of burritos I eat.
But it was losing out to a Daikon that got me depressed. I hate to sound melodramatic, but it’s a miserable feeling to know that a vegetable knew more about football than I did – at least for that week. But this past weekend I was triumphant and reclaimed my household’s title of Football Game Picker Extraordinaire. (You should hear some of our other titles, unfortunately many unprintable here. And if it’s unprintable here, you know it’s bad.)
The daikon was turned into a Banh Mi slaw, recipe courtesy of Mark Bittman. According to Wikipedia, the term Banh Mi actually refers to a Vietnamese bread, but has been expanded to the type of sandwiches that use that bread. These sandwiches are often topped with a slaw that’s similar to this recipe. It’s really terrific and is easy to make. I made a double portion and served it with a dynamite Thai Grilled Beef Salad and we ended up eating almost half of the slaw while waiting for the steak to cook. It was that good.
1 pound daikon radishes
1/2 pound carrots
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon or more Sriracha sauce
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, plus extra for garnishing
1/4 cup chopped scallions.
Week 7 Picks
This weeks guest is a Butternut Squash. Due to the weird shape, I had to spin it a different way to get at the picks. However, I can assure it was still completely random and I didn’t set the Squash up to lose. I’m cruel, but even I wouldn’t have it choose the Colts over the Saints. The Squash definitely picked that one…