I sure did try to post yesterday, but for some reason (please don’t guess) I couldn’t get onto my blog. Not through the mirrors and tunnels way, not through the front or back door, no way no how… It’s a creepy feeling that I do not like.
So yesterday’s post was going to be about VEGETABLES! Yes! Let’s go to a light and easy topic instead of the creepy feeling of not being able to log on to websites that you could, easily, as recently as two days ago. Let’s talk about healthy food and happy feelings!
When John and I first got here, whenever that was– four years ago? We were warned against fresh vegetables that we didn’t peel or cook. So we only got salad when we went out to a vegetarian restaurant. And we only ate our cabbage stir-fried. At some point, we got over that, and now we soak (in water, for dirt, not in iodine for parasites) and eat TONS of raw veggies. It makes us happy and keeps us light. We do try to get organic veggies when possible, but we always harbor the suspicion that the only thing “organic” about the veggies we buy is the word on the sticker. But there is a difference in price, and we at least can imagine that a more expensive vegetable is a somehow more carefully handled vegetable.
There’s also a fancy “foreign” grocery store– it’s a Japanese chain, but has a lot of western food too, that has “organic” produce (and, on rare occasions, “organic” fruit) and so we try to go to this store whenever possible…
It’s nice. Vegetables are wrapped and weighed so we don’t have to wait on the pushy pushy “line” for the weigher-person… and there are sometimes western treats that we like, and the aisles are wider than in the Chinese stores, and there are more cashiers, just, in general, a more pleasant shopping experience.
Sometimes, they go Too Far.
(okay, I got on here but I can’t add a picture.) I took a picture of five of those skinny “Japanese” eggplants (there are NO “American” eggplants here– you can get super skinny Japanese ones, or mostly skinny Chinese ones. The biggest ones are the size of a cucumber) ~ and each eggplant is individually wrapped in plastic. Each one. Wrapped up with a little green label around the middle. Do you know how stupid I feel unwrapping an individual eggplant? Then washing it. (but oh boy do I feel happy when I eat it!)
Okay… I’ll try to post the picture tomorrow. I don’t want to push my luck.