What's for dinner?Thursday, August 09, 2012
This week's Writer's Workshop prompt is to describe a meal your mom cooked that you dreaded while you were growing up. I'm going to go ahead and describe the meals I DIDN'T dread, because that will take a lot less time.
To say I was a picky eater is like saying Canada is getting a wee bit dicked around at the Olympics, i.e. the understatement of the century. I would go for months - MONTHS! - eating only one or two meals with basically zero nutritional value. Examples:
- I brought cheese sandwiches to school for lunch four days a week from grades one through six. White bread, orange Cracker Barrel cheddar.
- On the fifth day of the week, I bought pizza in the cafeteria. Those little round pizzas with three pepperonis.
- From about age three to five, all I'd eat for dinner was Kraft Dinner.
- I also went through phases where I'd eat only one type of food every day for lunch for the entire summer. The summer after grade one, all I ate for lunch, every day, for two and a half months, was a poached egg. The following summer I had a bowl of white rice with butter, EVERY DAY, while watching The Price is Right. But my obsession with the best game show of all time is another post for another day.
Rounding out my palate: Froot Loops, bananas, chocolate chip cookies, cheesies, corn, grape juice, and onion rings. But not the actual onion part - just the batter. I'd pull the onion out and eat the outside.
There's really nothing more to say about this except the fact that I didn't die of rickets or scurvy is a small miracle.
I still get in a rut of eating the same foods over and over. A few weeks ago, it was fresh Thai spring rolls. I was making them for lunch every day. I made a caprese salad for dinner the other night and now all I want is mozza, tomatoes, and basil for the rest of my life. But after a couple of meals I move on to something new. I don't think white rice for 72 days straight is a good idea for anyone.
When I see toddlers happily eating sushi or steak or omelettes, I am amazed and bewildered.
Thank you Mama Kat for the prompt!