Friday, February 13, 2009
I was going to start with the bit of the poem from Alice in Wonderland where the Walrus talks about cabbages, but when I went to look it up (in the book, not the internet) I couldn’t find it because it’s not in Alice in Wonderland, it’s in Through the Looking-Glass. But while I was fruitlessly searching Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, I found this poem, sung by the Mock Turtle, which seemed much more appropriate
Beautiful Soup, so rich and green,
Waiting in a hot tureen!
Who for such dainties would not stoop?
Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!
[And, as an aside, that’s why looking things up in books is better than looking things up on the internet—I definitely would have gotten to the Walrus and the Carpenter faster through Google, but I never would have gotten to the Mock Turtle Song at all.]
Today I bought Fresh Food Item #2—a smallish, slightly limp, but otherwise very passable cabbage.
For my evening meal, I cooked up half a cup of rice, then added the leftover beans from yesterday, and about a third of the cabbage that I had chopped up. Added some extra water to make it soupier and let it simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. (I actually should have taken it off the first time I checked when the cabbage was still a little crunchy; it got a litte too wilted.)
Before eating, added a little of the jalapeño left from yesterday.
A perfectly fine meal.
Morning meal was again cornmeal mush, which I think should take a cue from the prune/dried plum people and try to re-brand itself. It’s at least as good as Cream of Wheat, but the name is definitely dragging it down. Calling it polenta works for dinner, but the name “polenta” is just not going to work for breakfast. Americans are not going to eat polenta for breakfast.
A few observations…
I have defintiely been hungrier than I normally am, but not any hungrier than I would have been had I tried to lose weight on a standard diet. I had actually thought I was going to be hungrier than I’ve been. Don’t know if it just hasn’t caught up with me yet or what.
I was planning on getting spices, but I’m actually rather enjoying the taste of the food itself, with just a little salt. I ate a few bites of chopped cabbage before I put it in with the stew and it was amazing—crunchy and sweet and delicious. I think my taste buds have been so overwhelmed by sugar and salt that they haven’t really been tasting food. So I think I’m going to go a few more days with just straight food; that’s been interesting, and unexpected.
I never really noticed how much food there is everywhere.
I was listening to basketball on the radio the other night, two games, so about four hours of radio, and there were so many food ads. Usually I hardly notice them, but this week they really jumped out at me, what was being described and how the ad people tried to make it appetizing. It was interesting.
Also I’m noticing aromas wafting through the air differently; they register immediately as “food” rather than just as generic background smells. And I’m seeing discarded food that I might not have noticed before—a McDonald’s hamburger, apple pie, and full order of large fries on the ground in the Compare parking lot, and a full bottle of Pepsi that I walked past today on the sidewalk. Those together probably cost more than I spent all week.