Saturday, November 01, 2008
This week's Round Robin Photo Challenge, "Food, Glorious Food!" comes to us from Carly of Ellipsis. On that subject, I'm afraid I'm feeling a little like the kids in Oliver! these days. The food I've been eating is more varied and plentiful than the gruel fed to the starving orphans, but I'm still feeling a bit deprived. I've been unemployed nearly two months. We don't eat out, don't buy high-end food, and don't cook anything very nice or fancy, let alone glorious. Here, let me show you:
The other night I came home from Safeway with cheap, carb-based food extenders. We probably won't do this often, though. I made high-end tuna casserole that night with baby peas and pimento and low-fat chips, but John didn't like it much. He probably won't like these, either.
I was so busy getting ready for Halloween that my "breakfast" was peanut butter on a slice of bread, and lunch (at 6:30 PM or so) was what you see above: Lean Cuisine lasagna ($1.88 on sale), pumpkin ice cream and my last can of diet cranberry Sierra Mist.
I spent most of Thursday night bagging 100 treat bags - one trading card, one plastic coin, two toys and two pieces of candy in each. (Nearly everything but the candy was left over from past years.) Most years we've had 75 to 100 kids, but this year we had 52. Many of the kids have been siphoned off in recent years by the Assembly of God church nearby staging a Fall Festival to deliberately keep kids away from Halloween. At least this year their P.A. with its cake walk announcements and bad music couldn't be heard inside our house. Much.
Anyway, I've pulled the leftover candy and kept everything else bagged. Assuming John hasn't eaten or thrown it away by then, I'll donate it to the Pima County Democratic HQ, to help fuel volunteers during the Get Out the Vote effort.
I have photographed nice meals in happier times, mostly in restaurants. From my archives:
I occasionally take a lonely friend out to lunch. Or rather, I did when I was still employed. In January 20o7 we ended up at a brew pub on Oracle Road, where I tried their pot roast sandwich on sourdough bread. Yes it was good. Yes indeed.
A few days before Christmas in 2006, the same friend and I went to a retro diner. They offered their cheeseburger "Elvis style." Intrigued by the combination of beef and peanut butter, I went ahead and got it--and liked it. I'd like one right now, actually. Heck, when I was a kid I insisted for a while that bologna and peanut butter with lettuce and mustard was my favorite kind of sandwich.
It was my birthday that we were celebrating when two other friends and I went to Rockin' Baja Lobster one day in 2007. It was my second visit to the place; the first was in early December 2006, when I snapped this picture after donating blood nearby. The food was a little spicy by my standards, but good, and the service was excellent. The place went out of business a day or two after the birthday visit. Astonishingly, that's the second time I've unwittingly been one of a restaurant's last customers.
Now, I don't want you to think that with this unemployment situation I'm eating nothing but junk. I splurged tonight on two small steaks for $3.22. Oh, drat! I should have bought mushrooms. Back to Safeway, I guess. While I'm there I think I'll get a banana, too, for my cheeseburger with peanut butter.
Now let's see everyone else's foodie entries!
Carly - Posted!
Karen - Posted!
Jama Hameed - Posted!
Martha - Posted!
South Bay Soliloquy
Connie - Posted!
Far Side of Fifty Photos (new site)
Nancy - Posted!
Nancy Luvs Pix (new site)
Sandra - Posted!
Janet - Posted!
maryt/theteach - Posted!
Work of the Poet
Gattina - Posted!
Em Dy - Posted!
Wammy - Posted!
The Ellis Family Cincinnati
Sherrie **Welcome New Player** - Posted!
Ourhomeschool - Posted!
...Through The Eye Of My Camera
Ellen b - Posted!