“For a scavenger, patience is the key to the pantry.”

Today is an ugly day. The sun is elsewhere, the sky is gray, and it is quite cold. I trekked over frozen snow this morning to get my papers and yesterday’s mail. My car is still snowed in as Skip, my factotum, hasn’t come yet, something about his plow. That doesn’t matter so much as I probably wouldn’t go out anyway though I do need to go to the post office.

I checked in on CNN and MSNBC this morning. The former president’s lawyers’ brief was under discussion. It seems that United as in United States is misspelled, and President Biden is referred to as former Vice President Biden. It goes on and on.

When I was a kid, a lot of snow meant a no school day which is kind of funny because we were outside in the snow as soon as we finished breakfast. We sledded, had snowball fights and built snow forts. It took my sisters a while longer to get ready for the cold and the snow as my mother helped dress them. Think of Randy from A Christmas Story, in snowsuits, hats, boots and mittens. I remember my mother reaching up into their jacket sleeves to pull their cuffs down. They didn’t know to hold them. That comes with getting older.

Henry has been out a few times. The de-icer worked on the deck steps. I can see wood in some spots. Last night poor Henry was too afraid to go up or down those steps. His back legs had slipped a couple of times. I would have walked beside him if he hadn’t decided to give the steps a go. This morning he raced up and down.

I like celery in salads like chicken because of the crunch, but that’s it. I find celery a waste of time and energy with all the chewing with little return. I do eat ants on a raft which is celery slathered with peanut butter in the trough with raisins on top. I figure the peanut butter raises celery to a new level, one with taste. I found out it is also called ladybugs on a raft. That’s new to me.

Every day I eat. What I eat is what I scavenge. My fridge and larder are filled, but I’d have to cook, and I am far too much a sloth to bother. Cheese and crackers are big as is hummus. I’m trying a new one: pineapple turmeric. I’ve loved hummus since the first time I tasted it in Accra at Talal’s, a hot spot for volunteers. It was served spread on a plate with what I think was peanut or sesame oil in the middle and a ring of cayenne around the top of the hummus. The pita bread was so soft and fresh and bigger than most. My favorite hummus currently is made by a company called Hope. I love their original and have become addicted to their spicy carrot hummus.

It has started snowing. The forecast is for snow and rain. Please, please Mother Nature or Father Winter bring on the rain.

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6 Comments on ““For a scavenger, patience is the key to the pantry.””

  1. Christer. Says:

    I must admit that I think celery is made by the devil, I just plain hate it 🙂 🙂 I can’t for my life understand how anyone can eat it 🙂 🙂 I know I belong to the few though 🙂
    That pineapple turmeric sounds delicious though, think I must try it!

    It’s much the same weather here as it has been lately, cold and sunny during the day and cold but cloudy at night. Yesterday when I woke up and looked out the window I thought I saw way too many stars, especially since my neighbors high birches are in the way for me to see the sky. They have two big lamps on the ground pointing towards the tops of the trees and it wasn’t stars I saw, it was glittering rime! So beautiful and I would have stayed there looking if I hadn’t had to go to work 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

  2. katry Says:

    Christer,
    I did once find a Chinese food recipe for fried celery. It was actually tasty. I guess cooking it made all the difference. I only buy celery if I’m making a salad of some sorts.

    I’ll let your know how the hummus tastes!

    My neighbors never have their deck lights on, but they are on now. We are getting snow flurries so I guess they’re watching. They are from Brazil so maybe they’re finding snow fun to watch.

    I understand why you would think you were seeing stars. The rime must have been so lovely glinting in the light.

    Take care!!

  3. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Winter sneaked into town last night and the temperatures haven’t been out of the mid to high 30s all day. We are in for an arctic freeze through next week. Right now the thermometer is hovering right around freezing.

    I don’t like celery unless it’s cooked in a stew or a soup. Don’t like or need it in salads or plain even with peanut butter. 🙂 I think of celery like a parsnip.

    Today, my better half and my daughter headed back to the old neighborhood in North Dallas to run an errand and they brought back Chinese food for dinner which hit the spot. Instead of preparing or buying breakfast I’m hooked on the packages of Ritz Crackers with Peanut Butter. I pop one in my shirt pocket on my way out the door to have with my second cup of coffee at work or even at my desk in my home office.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Welcome to winter in New England! We had snow flurries in the late afternoon which covered the shoveled walk and steps. I had to throw out more de-icer on the back steps for Henry. I’ll do it again before I go to bed.

      I like parsnips. I also add celery when I make soups. Once in a while if I’m out of snacks, I’ll do the celery and peanut butter, no raisins.

      When I travel overseas, I pack snacks, a habit ingrained by my parents. Those peanut butter crackers are often packed. They make for a great snack on the road.

      That was a nice dinner surprise. I’ll always love Chinese food for dinner.

  4. Sheila Says:

    I’m here today to stand up for celery. It appears someone has to. Have liked it since childhood, running cold water over a stalk and sprinkling salt on it before crunching away. It was cold, crunchy, wet and salty. Reminded me of a cold delicious drink of spring water.

    Kat, you gave me the Chinese recipe you mentioned and it has become a staple side dish in summer. Even my husband Jim likes it and he doesn’t like much but meat and potatoes. The only drawback is the strings, nature’s floss; the plus, it is a natural aphrodisiac.

    Celebrate Celery!

    • katry Says:

      Sheila,
      I laughed at your, “Celebrate Celery!”

      It seems that celery is so much work with all that biting and chewing for so little taste. I do remember how good that celery dish tasted. When I found the recipe, I thought it was a great way to eat celery. I’m glad you and Jim still enjoy it!

      Yup, not a fan of the strings either.


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