“My doctor told me I had to stop throwing intimate dinners for four unless there are three other people.”

My back is a bit better. I can walk without holding on to anything. Yesterday was a sit on the couch day, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, the back aside. I have to go out today so I hope for the best.

I think I’ve used every adjective perfect to describe our weather of late. Think warm, sunny, deep blue sky and nearly breezeless. My house is again cooler than outside. In here it is sweatshirt weather. Outside is short sleeve weather.

My mother used to make fried dough for supper on Fridays, the no meat day. We’d all hang around the kitchen counter making sure we got our dough turn. My mother’s frying pan held three small or two big pieces of fried dough. She used to buy the dough at the supermarket. I remember it came in a blue and white box. We slathered butter and sprinkle salt on it. Fried dough was one of our favorite suppers.

We ate a lot of hamburger growing up, but my mother was a whiz at cooking hamburger so many different ways we never got tired of eating it. I still love meatloaf and American chop suey. She made spaghetti sauce with ground beef, another fake oriental dish of hamburger with water chestnuts and crispy chow mein on top,. The fall back was always  burgers. I love cheeseburgers.

My food in Ghana didn’t really vary a whole lot. We were lucky to live in the only area of the country which bred beef so we could always buy meat in the market. There was even a meat factory where we could buy some sort of tubular meat masquerading as a hot dog. The meat from the market was always tough. Only old cows were slaughtered. The meat was cooked in a broth like sauce with tomatoes and onions which tenderized the meat. I think we had that most nights though we also ate chicken, free range chickens because the chickens wandered all over the place all day but did came home to roost at night. We mostly ate mashed yams  but also had rice on occasion. Breaking teeth was a PC volunteer problem as the rice always had a few rocks. You needed to spend time cleaning it, but it was easier not to. When volunteers got together, food was always a topic of conversation.

Living alone means I don’t always make dinner. I improvise with whatever is in the fridge. I’m content with cheese and crackers or hummus and pita bread. I’m even happy with cereal. I do have meat in the freezer, heavy on the chicken, but I usually forget to take it out. Last night, though, I took out some Chinese sausage to defrost and I have some rice I can cook. That’s like a gourmet meal for me.

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4 Comments on ““My doctor told me I had to stop throwing intimate dinners for four unless there are three other people.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Rainy and chilly here and on my way to work to big blobs of snow hit the window! From what I understand no one else saw any snow so it might have been the only snow falling 🙂 🙂

    I often eat cooked food for lunch at work so I don’t feel the need to do something here at home after work. So it is usually something light, like cereal 🙂 Or if it is winter or just cold I make rice porridge but not if I’m really hungry since it take so long time to make. I would have lovced some today but I forgot to buy milk.

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      We are still in a warm spell with today being 70˚ here, even higher in inland; however, rain is coming wither tomorrow or Wednesday.

      I have mostly sandwiches for lunch and sometimes also for supper.
      Cereal is a great stop gap meal. I usually add bananas.

      We never had porridge. We had oatmeal when I was a kid, but I haven’t had it for a long time. We put on milk and brown sugar.

      Have a wonderful evening!

  2. Birgit Says:

    Typical “fast food” today. Bought wrap flatbreads topped with ajvar (paprika paste), fresh vegetables and cheese. Makes quick and easy pizza 🙂

    • katry Says:

      I love flatbread pizza though they are far more than pizzas as they have wonderful toppings. One restaurant serves it, shrimp is one choice, and I usually order it.

      I am thrilled to have fast food available.

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