from Finger-Lickin' Fifteen, a Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich
" The food is surprisingly good, if you like nice greasy chicken, heavily salted gelatinous potatoes, and gravy so thick you could walk across a vat of it. Lula, Grandma and I gave it five stars."
from Plum Spooky, a Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich
"What's up?" I asked.
"I'm dying is what's up," Lula said. "I got the flu back. I woke up this morning and I couldn't stop sneezing. And my eyes are all puffy. And I feel like crap."
I pulled Gordo Bollo's file out of my bag. "I'm going to look in on Mr Bollo. According to his file, he works for Greenblat Produce on Water Street."
"I'll go with you," Lula said. "I heard about Greenblat. That's a big fruit distributor. I could get an orange or a grapefruit....while I'm there"
So many people, not just in books or movies, do not eat fruit and vegetables as part of their daily diet. There are probably individual reasons for this; I personally once knew a girl who ate meat and potatoes and not a single other vegetable.
Yet everyone seems to know that citrus fruits are a good source of vitamin C and this helps with colds and flu.
By why ignore fruit and vegetables until you are ill, then suddenly decide an orange or a grapefruit will make you better?
Any intake of vitamin C will help, of course, but a much better option, in my opinion, would be to eat fruit and vegetables on a daily basis, keeping the body's ratio of vitamin C higher than zero.
Or whatever your current ratio is.
This reduces your risk of becoming ill in the first place. Staying well away from other people also helps (*~*).
And here's another thing:
I like to eat things like beef casserole with mashed potatoes, but sometimes I like to take a break from cooking, so I buy a few Lean Cuisine frozen dinners for a week.
But when reading the ingredients list, I discover that anything of the stew or casserole variety contains red wine as part of the gravy components.
I tried one once and the taste is far too strong, I simply do not like red wine.
Being 'diet' foods, either calorie controlled or portion controlled, these frozen meals need something to add flavour, so many of the other varieties have cracked black pepper, or chilli in them. Not so bad, I thought, I could pick out the chilli and leave it on the plate, ditto the cracked pepper bits.
Huh. Those teeny, tiny pieces are near impossible to scoop out and plenty of them hide in the broccoli, giving a hot surprise when you bit them.
I like the flavour of chilli and black pepper, but it has a long lasting effect on my Rosacea. My face turns red and I feel like I am burning from the inside. The burning feeling disappears quite quickly, a day or less, but the redness can last almost a week.
So I go back to cooking my own meals. Large pots of spaghetti sauce and big beef casseroles which get served into meal sized containers and frozen.
On a happier note: has everyone discovered the newest Tim Tam on the market?
Up until now, I haven't been a fan of Tim Tams, finding them much too sweet. Odd when you know I love chocolate.
Anyway, the newest flavour is exclusive to Woolworths (that's a shame, they should be available everywhere) and is called Three Bean.
Described on the packet as
"a rich combination of coffee bean, vanilla bean and cocoa bean".
I like all of those flavours, so I gave them a try. Boy am I glad I did! these are wonderful. The coffee is just strong enough to offset the sweetness of the rest of the biscuit, which makes them thoroughly delightful.
Finally, a Tim Tam I can enjoy.
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