I'm glad to have something new to divert me from the endless chatter on CNN about Whitney Houston. For chrissakes, she's been dead for a week (and is expected to remain so indefinitely). I think they should keep her around and prop her up to sing the national anthem on opening day of baseball season using a tape of Rosanne Barr for the audio.
So, other than roasting a spatchcocked chicken (with some garlic powder, pepper and thyme) after brining it for 3 or more hours, I made a dish to accompany it that was surprisingly good. I was a nopales virgin until last night. I made a simple saute, combining a hunk of cactus with some zucchini and a jalapeno pepper that was lying in wait in the vegetable drawer. A bit of olive oil and butter, a bit of salt and pepper, and this was very satisfying. The only thing annoying about nopales is having to scrape the little pointy things off it. But, no matter. It takes only a couple of minutes.
No one of these three ingredients is impressive on its own. However, combined, they were a melange of delicate and toothsome textures and flavors. (Based on that last sentence I would say that my poetry book will be out soon.) All in all, the lesson here is that stuff combined with other stuff can really be good. So when you're shopping, just buy some stuff.