For some reason, food has been extremely important to both of us lately. I am responding to food as if I were perpetually starving and Joy says she is often thinking about food. But we are quite well fed, as this post will demonstrate. "It's the lack of so many comfort foods, I think," Joy guesses.
Our latest triumphs, all since the end of last semester:
Joy made pizza. "Winning the title of Date Night Food."
|A "garden egg" - a.k.a African eggplant. Still trying to|
figure out how to use it right. Theoretically, I should
be able to add it to the African soup... Very cheap.
"I started baking chocolate cupcakes again for Prince for his afternoon snack."
We rediscovered chicken soup and beef stew. I usually make the first soups, then show Joy how I did it and she makes the rest. I have discovered that for some reason I seem drawn to beef stew the way I am to pizza. This week, Joy made a beef stew. When I walked in the door, I smelled pizza. Even sitting with the bowl of soup in front of me, I thought it was a pizza. I tasted it and was enthralled. SO good! Mmmmm.
Joy made tortillas this week, handrolled and everything. "They were good."
I successfully recreated the Colonel's cole slaw. That, the African soup, an the beef stew have all been made a second time, we loved them so much.
Joy dried bananas. "Thank you, Petersons." Again, I was in heaven eating even one slice and filling my mouth with luscious banana flavor.
|I'm adding a few shots I took from Luka's grocery-for-expats|
just to prove there is such a thing here.
Joy adds that we just bought a meat grinder, and that though we've been leaning heavily on chicken, we're hoping to add some more ground meats to our diet.
Princess meanwhile is proving she likes food.
This week, she ate canned pear, boiled cabbage, carrot - both raw and cooked - raw apple, potato, green beans, in addition to her staples of oatmeal and banana. She is crazy for potatoes. Biggest smiles I've ever gotten. She ate something like half of Mommy's plate of potatoes tonight at the AUN party. "Yeah, I didn't take very many. 2-3 pieces." The potatoes here are so good anyway. We're thinking about watermelon, cooked apple, and cooked rice in the near future.
Last week I also spent a few days on SparkPeople again. It's a place to record what I eat and how much and exercise and blah blah blah to help me feel in control of ... the part of my life I feel least in control of. "That's pretty honest." As I added a number of foods to my list of 'favorites' that I regularly eat now, I couldn't help but notice the long list of 'favorites' I haven't had in the last six months or that I can't get here, mostly in alphabetical order:
|Most days, Joy has tuna fish for lunch, mixed with|
mayo, corn, tomatoes, and maybe green beans
cheesy rice cakes
wheat bread - white, yes
granola (but now we have Hob Nobs)
peanut M&Ms (imported on my last trip)
And, no, we are not compensated for mentioned any of these foods or products or websites.