” First we eat then we do everything else.”

This morning I felt like a mole stepping into the sunshine after living underground for too long. I shielded my eyes on my way to the driveway to get the papers. I was blasted even in that short while by the heat and humidity. After getting the papers, I ran back into the house, into the cool darkness.

Last night I had to go to Stop and Shop to pick up a few things Peapod couldn’t deliver as the warehouse didn’t have them. It was close to eleven o’clock. I walked inside and had to look around as the store had changed considerably. I went from aisle to aisle reading the signs until I finally found what I wanted. That one short shopping trip reminded me why I use Peapod.

I love cheese, all sorts except blue cheese and gorgonzola. When I was a kid, my mother always bought Velveeta. It made the best grilled cheese sandwiches. I still buy it to make a quick dip with salsa, jalapeños and sometimes crumbled hamburger. I haven’t a favorite cheese so I usually buy a variety of cheeses. We have a new store which carries Italian cheeses many of which are unfamiliar so I usually need a taste before I buy. Any sandwich I make aways has a cheese of some sort. I even spread Brie. Crackers and cheese are a favorite snack of mine so I always have crackers in the cabinet. When I was in Ghana, there was no cheese. Even now it is scarce and expensive. Obruni stores, as in white man stores, do carry it, and you can find it in Accra. Ghanaians don’t eat cheese. Now I wonder why my mother never sent me Velveeta. It doesn’t need to be refrigerated, being processed cheese.

With my trip to Ghana getting closer, I’m thinking of all the Ghanaian food I’ll have, all my favorites. I’m also thinking about the Middle East restaurants which used to be all over Accra but are now difficult to find. Luckily, down the street from my Accra hotel, is a Middle Eastern restaurant where I had dinner the last time I stayed and hope to visit again. The safari lodge where we’re staying has a combination of European food and Ghanaian. In Ghana I am a European which just means white to Ghanaians. All this talk of Ghanaian food has my mouth is salivating for kelewele, Guinea fowl and, yup, even fufu.

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16 Comments on “” First we eat then we do everything else.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    We are in possession of three tickets for “Pete’s Dragon” and on a rainy Michigan day we have watched Spurs draw at Everton, gals playing water polo and gals doing the beach volleyball thing with the brave Swiss girls going down to some seriously under dressed German ladies (not complaining please understand)

    Ooohhhh, the national anthem with the US ladies first and the GB ladies second – happy about this sort of thing. I rather like the rowing.

    • Kathleen Ryan Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Rainy? Did I read rainy? I am so jealous.

      Like you I have been watching a variety of sports. Now it’s rowing, but I do switch around as Doctor Who is on the BBC, and I do like the good doctor.

      From what I have read, Pete’s Dragon is entertaining so the Prince will enjoy it.

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat, yes the storms came in last night about an hour in to the Prince’s practice and it has been raining ever since. I am very happy about this

      • Kathleen Ryan Says:

        MDH,
        I am happy for you but still glum for me. We had 15 minutes of rain yesterday, a sort of Mother Nature tease.

      • Hedley Says:

        We all agreed – fantastic, right up there with Jungle Book and Paddington Bear

        Heck the soundtrack even had Leonard Cohen “so long Marianne”

        Don’t miss “Pete’s Dragon”

      • Kathleen Ryan Says:

        MDH,
        I sometimes wish I had a kid to take to movies.

        The soundtrack sounds wonderful!

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat, the story is good enough that you don’t need to borrow a kid

        Can you believe it, Disney threw in Lenny, and it worked – actually very poignant with the recent passing of Marianne.

      • Kathleen Ryan Says:

        MDH,
        I’m glad to hear I don’t have to hunt down a kid. I’ll have to go on a really sunny, lovely day when kids won’t be filling all the seats at the movie.

        Good ol’ Lenny!

  2. Birgit Says:

    I had to look up Velveeta, it’s the kind of cheese I just use in winter for leek soup. I love cheese, especially goat cheese and coriander cheese. Unfortunately I can’t eat blue cheese anymore, damn allergy, pasta with spinach and Gorgonzola sauce was just great. Now I’m hungry, maybe cheese?
    So far we’ve had a whole day without rain and it was even quite warm. Probably the same weather tomorrow. Sorry, but… Hurray, summer is back 🙂
    I skipped the Olympic Games so far but you may want to know that the world record in Handbag Long Throw is now 46,20 metres (~50 yards).

    • Kathleen Ryan Says:

      Birgit,
      It is really a good melting cheese and the only cheese my mother bought. It wasn’t until I was older that I got into all different cheeses.

      We have summer to the nth degree. It is just so hot and humid. Today is a bit cooler, but it is still not cool enough for me.

      I’m hoping for rain. We need it badly.

      I love that world record!! What kind of a bag?

      • Birgit Says:

        Any kind of handbag or purse, just sand will be added so they all have the same weight and it will be sealed to avoid handbag-doping. The Danish team won this year.

      • Kathleen Ryan Says:

        Ha, I love that: handbag doping.

        Good for the Danish!

  3. Bob Says:

    I agree with you about cheese and I also dislike blue or gorgonzola. I’m not sure about Limburger cheese because I never had the opportunity to try it. In China I had not seen any cheese. I think Asian people are lactose intolerant. My American coworker took me to the Zhuhai Deli. It was a store chocked full of American food such as ketchup, mustard syrups and cheese. I do like Middle a Eastern food especially Iranian food which I ate in Dubai.

    • Kathleen Ryan Says:

      Bob,
      I find those cheeses even look disgusting. The smell of Limburger is enough to keep me away.

      Ghanaians don’t drink milk, and other than canned milk, you can’t find any so no cheese.

      I also love Middle Eastern food. It was in Ghana when I first tasted it. Ghana was where my palate expanded all over the place.

  4. im6 Says:

    I’ve spent the entire afternoon revisiting the Glenn Yarbrough catalog and marveling once again at his pure, pure voice. I also dug around and found a souvenir booklet I got at one of his concerts and, sure enough, there was Glenn’s autograph, signed backstage after the show (It was so long ago, I thought maybe I’d imagined it). It’s hard to pick a favorite song, but I’m going to share the one below only because it represents his collaboration with Rod McKuen. Go ahead, laugh. Yeah, schmaltzy ol’ Rod. But I believe Glenn’s albums of Rod’s tunes, “The Lonely Things” and “Each Of Us Alone,” are the perfect marriage of singer and songwriter (much like Dionne Warwick and Bacharach/David). The lyrics pull out all the stops to urge the tears to start and Glenn’s vocals finish the job. This song also has the added sob factor by being about my much-missed San Francisco. Cry along with me…

    • Kathleen Ryan Says:

      im6,
      I had Rod McKuen first album and wore it out. It was perfect for my life at the time. You won’t have me mocking him.

      As soon as he starts to sing this song everything stops. All I am aware of is his voice and the lyrics.


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