Saturday, March 21, 2009

Foodie Friday (oops, it is Saturday)

I have a confession to make: I read food blogs. The ones where people take photos of everything that they eat during the day like this one. It is a total waste of time, and something that only a true foodie could understand. Craig thinks I’m nuts. He walks by me while I’m online and asks, “What is Kath eating today?” with a smirk on his face.

But you know, he isn’t a foodie. And I am. You know you are a foodie when one of your main childhood fantasies was this: Everyone has disappeared suddenly (because of The Rapture—hey, we were a hippie Protestant family back then before converting to Eastern Orthodoxy) and so . . . I go and live in the grocery store. I still have the fantasy, to tell you the truth, but it is a bit more specific. I go and live in Whole Foods.

Anyway, this is all by way of introducing my Foodie Friday feature. I don’t have it in me to start a food blog, but perhaps I will try writing about food once per week. And for the sake of alliteration, I will try to make it on Fridays. Because I have to use those two English degrees, you know.

I have been thinking more about food lately for a few reasons. First of all, we are trying to cut back our spending, and so I’m trying to figure out how to spend less while still feeding three adults and two children as healthfully and ethically as possible. Secondly, it is Lent, and so we are trying to eat less and limit our animal foods. Finally, my neighbor and friend American Family is doing a really cool challenge for herself and her family right now that has gotten me thinking more about how I could involve my family in becoming more aware about poverty and our food choices.

So here’s my inaugural post--my groceries for one week, which cost me $130. I use coupons and a store shopper’s card, and the choices I make are not always logical, I suppose—local but not organic eggs and milk, a few organic veggies. I try to buy local and/or organic as much as I can afford—but that isn’t a whole lot—and I usually try to buy fair trade sugar and coffee. I also shop the local farmers’ market whenever I can. I am aware of the concept of eating seasonally, but with my picky family, this is often hard for me.

Now, as a foodie, I always love reading these sorts of posts on other people’s blogs, the ones where they share photos of grocery shopping trips or document everything in their pantries. If you are a foodie, enjoy! If not, bear with me. I will only write about food once per week. Oh, and if you have any money saving or better ethical use of your dollar tips, send them my way.

Here’s what is in the photo above:

Powdered milk (for baking)
2 cans refried beans
unbleached bread flour (standard sized bag—5 pounds?)
large can pumpkin
carton of egg whites
2 lunchables (the kids requested food item)
2 boxes Cascade Farms granola
fish sticks (16 count)
2 bags shredded cheese
1 package square 2% cheeses
frozen spinach
1 gallon local milk
1 big tub plain organic yogurt
frozen peas
2 bags tortilla chips
baking powder
1 single serving organic vanilla milk
dried pinto beans
dried white beans
whole wheat tortillas
smart balance margarine
2 bags goldfish
2 loaves whole wheat bread
2 packets taco seasoning
3 packages strawberries
plain soy milk
1 can crushed pineapple
sliced almonds
fresh salsa
1 package tofu
dish soap
2 bunches bananas
1 dozen local eggs
international delight creamer (Craig requires this)
sour cream
big bag organic carrots
organic baby spinach
2 large sweet potatoes
store brand rice chex
6 pack of magic hat roxy rolles beer
1 cucumber
4 red pears
1 personal watermelon
green beans
1 head romaine lettuce
soy ham
1 head cauliflower
2 bunches broccoli
grape tomatoes
1 bunch celery
4 apples
2 avocados


so yung wilson said...

I thought I was a foodie or at least foodie-curious, but I see now that I am clearly not.

I'm guessing that a foodie or foodie-curious would read the list? I just can't.

Troy's trying to insist that I'm a foodie and tells me not to be a dork. "Why do you think we watch cooking shows all of the time?" he asks.

My name is So Yung, and I'm not a foodie. Ser, can we still be friends?

Tracy McPherson said...

I think I might be a foodie, I read the list.. I could just be a dork. Have you ever checked out Miserly Mom from the library? There's also a website: Tons of great information and some great recipes (and how to make your own international delight creamer for LESS!).

AmericanFamily said...

Ooh, I am very interested in your new feature. What exactly is a personal watermelon?

Ser said...

So Yung, I think you are a foodie. Just maybe not of the mundane, loves trips to the grocery store and coupon clipping variety like me.

AmFam, a personal watermelon is one of those small ones, about the size of a honeydew melon. They were on sale.

The Knight Family said...

I thought I had tried every "fake meat" out there, until I read your shopping list with soy ham. What is that? You must like it, right?

Ser said...

Naomi, it was marked down, otherwise I wouldn't have bought it. Too expensive otherwise. It is Smart Deli ham, and it isn't really that great alone, but on a sandwich it provides a little variety and protien. I'm liking your lenten food posts on your blog, by the way.

Anonymous said...

I am most definitely a foodie. I wonder if it is genetic? Love, Mom

so yung wilson said...

I think I might have had soy ham. We went to a local vegetarian/mostly-vegan restaurant here in tree-hugging Asheville (and that's not a slam, I like tree-huggers). The special soup of the day was "ham" and potato. It was awful. Well, not awful (except that yes, it was) but it was definitely not good. I finished the cup of soup that cost $3.79. Expensive Lenten soup: orthodork oxymoron.

Anonymous said...

can i move into whole foods with you?