Monday, March 16 was the last time I went grocery shopping. Before that, on Saturday, March 14, I had gone to the Armenian store for some groceries and I wrote about that, here. On Monday, I was in the store only to pick up a few last items before I began to shelter in place. Already, by that time, I was thinking I was taking a chance, grocery shopping, and wanted to keep the time spent in the store, and my exposure to others (and the virus), to a minimum.
I usually grocery shop once a week or so, although, occasionally, I've gone longer in between grocery shopping. On Saturday, I bought some fruits and vegetables (green beans, broccoli, cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions). I didn't buy any carrots because I knew I still had some in the bag at home. I didn't want to get a lot of fresh produce because I didn't think I could eat it before it perished. On Monday, I hadn't even planned to buy any vegetables, but, I bought a head of lettuce for immediate use and a head of cabbage for later, because cabbage keeps fresh for a longer period of time. Again, I passed over the carrots.
Well, the other day (Thursday), when I went to make my dinner and added a carrot to the green beans I was having with the roast beef, I realized that I had less than half a bag of carrots in the fridge! On Saturday, I used one in the salad. Today, I had three carrots left, as pictured above (the tip of the biggest carrot broke off). I cut up the smallest of the three for tonight's salad:
|Monday's Dinner: Lettuce, carrot, grapes, bottled mango-chipotle dressing|
In hindsight (which is always 20/20, as they say), I wish I had bought another bag of carrots on my last grocery shopping trip!
Today, I took an inventory of the fresh produce I have in the fridge.
8 Apples (+ 1 very wrinkled one)
6 Tangerines (there were 7, but I ate one!)
1 bunch of red grapes
1 bag of green grapes (rather sour, so I haven't been eating them)
3 oranges (had fallen from the tree)
2 avocado (which are being ripened in a brown paper sack)
1/2 lettuce (after today's salad)
1 small cabbage
2 carrots (after today's salad)
2 pieces of ginger
Plus 2 potatoes, which are not stored in the fridge and which should be cooked, right away, because they are going to start turning green, soon!
I haven't taken a freezer inventory, yet, but, I have frozen tomatoes, green beans, broccoli, some bell peppers, edamame, for vegetables. Plus 2 Serrano chilies, which is nothing! Oops!
I have some canned vegetables, too:
4 cans diced tomatoes
2 cans corn
2 cans mixed vegetables
1 can green beans
1 can whole potatoes
And, canned fruits:
4 cans sliced peaches in syrup
3 cans pineapple in syrup
I don't have a lot of frozen fruit, other than some bananas for banana bread. But, I have raisins, and some dehydrated mulberries that my daughter bought, once, to try (and didn't like).
I am not planning to go grocery shopping any time soon, so eating my "five a day" is going to be interesting. I've plenty of rice, flour, lentils, pasta, pasta sauce, cans of fish, milk, peanut butter, etc., so I will have lots to eat, but, fresh produce will be a bit of a challenge. Well, I guess I will eat what I have, first, and then, see where we are. Friend M has asked if I need anything, but, if I am not willing to go to a grocery store, myself, then, I don't think I should ask anyone else to do so, either. Maybe I can have a grocery delivery made. If nothing else, I can always make a type of sambol/relish from the leaves of the curry leaf tree! I shall have to do some meal planning, next, to make the best use of what I have.
Today, I am grateful for:
- The fresh produce I still have
- What I have in the freezer and the pantry
- Fresh lemons and oranges from my trees
- My curry leaf trees
How are you managing with your groceries? Is your area under lockdown/shelter in place orders? Have you been grocery shopping since then? How well did you stock up? How are you getting your fresh produce?