Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Oh, how I’ve missed thee…

There are a number of things I seriously miss from the US. This list is not inclusive and mostly involves food:

  • ground beef with fat (and flavor)
  • good burgers and steaks
  • boneless chicken breast
  • pre-shredded cheese (that is super cheap)
  • sales
  • frozen veggies
  • whole wheat bread and pasta
  • feta
  • grapes, strawberries, peaches, pink lady apples
  • dishwasher
  • central air
  • swimming pool
  • low fat milk already pasteurized and homogenized
  • Thomas’ English muffins

I could keep going, but my intent in writing this is not to focus on what I no longer have access to, but to revel in the pure joy of having something in my belly (and freezer) that I haven’t had in over 9 months:


Oh, broccoli, how I’ve missed thee!

Look at the 6 pounds of fresh broccoli I was able to purchase tonight.  I was so giddy, I think Rob thought I was nuts.  Seriously, I am so excited to have broccoli.








In the US, our family ate broccoli at least 2 times per week.  We all love it and my freezer was always full.  Frozen broccoli was a convenience I took for granted.  There is one small window here where we can get fresh broccoli.  The only place I can get it is through SEED, a ministry that teaches agronomy.

I can’t eat this much broccoli before it goes bad, so I had to first wash it, then blanch it before I could freeze it.  I was so excited, I even saved and froze all the stalks to make broccoli soup.  In the past, I always threw them all away.

Tonight we had Kraft mac-n-cheese and broccoli for dinner.  Don’t you know the kids all ate their broccoli first.  And Braden didn’t finish his mac-n-cheese—but he did ask for more broccoli!


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