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Mar. 30th, 2007

Supermarket sushi is EVIL and should be penalized for flagrant taunting. Especially with a real sushi place one block away. I have learned, and will never again accept a substitute ... except from Wegman's. What was I thinking?

Well, I know what I was thinking. It's a Friday in Lent, therefore the Pookah has gone Pesce-Vegetarian for the day. I used some of my free time on the train this morning drumming up good meal ideas and combos that fit the criteria and are Pookah-approved. I sadly admit that the list of vegetables that are not Pookah-approved is longer than it should be, but screw hips, it's tastebuds that don't lie.

Pizza is the easy out and easy to find. Sushi can get expensive (or horrible, curse you Safeway!). Tuna steaks are wonderful when served right, though some probably-spoiled sauce made the thought of them turn my stomach for months. There's always PB&J or mac-and-cheese. But I should take the opportunity to flex my menu, and throw in more salad or grilled portobello, which is good unless dry which is another crime. Thank goodness my other standard snacky-type foods are meatless. Soft pretzels are in, but the pretzel-wrapped hot dogs are out. Ice cream is SOOOOOOOO in. I know sweets is a common Lenten sacrifice, but not one I would choose because it's just too loosely defined. For example, giving up chocolate would be easy for me to cop out, I'd just switch to vanilla. And it would cut out my favorite varieties of birthday cake. Dunno. This is certainly the most I've typed or talked about Lent in a while, but it's been on my mind today.

- Pookah


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Mar. 30th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
Supermarket Sushi
Actually, the Metro buy KWA *bites thumb* had decent sushi. I would grab it if I had a bad head cold. Load it up on wasabi and POW! congestion gone. Granted, it feels like your forehead is going to burn out from the inside for a couple minutes, but it was totally worth it.

I still have to chuckle at the whole "fish is not meat" thing. I know that is is meat, and that people saying they are "giving up meat" for lent usually mean giving up land-based meat, but I'll still chuckle.

And may I throw in a recommendation for grilled vegetables? Stuff like asparagus, zucchini, mushrooms - all crazy tasty once grilled. We also had some grilled pineapple (with ice cream, of course) for desert the other day. Mmmmm, grilled. And I also know you aren't always the biggest indian food fan, but when it comes to doing vegetarian, they do it right, and it isn't hard to find dishes that aren't spiced to doom.
Mar. 30th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Supermarket Sushi
I admit, the Friday in Lent part is totally a Catholic thing. I've always thought of it more from a "loaves and fishes" perspective, but the concept of fasting goes a long ways back in Christian traditions. Note the change in C's.

Digging around a bit, I think I like what Ken Collins wrote:
In the first century, Jews fasted on Mondays and Thursdays. The original Christians were all Jewish and were used to the fasting as a spiritual discipline. They moved the fast days to Wednesdays and Fridays, because Judas engineered Jesus' arrest on a Wednesday and Jesus was crucified on a Friday. Most often that fast took the form of avoiding meat in the diet. In those days, meat was a luxury food. You either had to buy it in a market or you had to own enough land to keep cattle. On the other hand, anyone could grow vegetables or forage for them, and anyone could catch a fish in a lake or a stream. You could buy better fish and vegetables, but the point is that you could eat without money if you were poor. So meat was rich people's food and fish was poor people's food. That is why the most common form of fasting was to omit meat and eat fish.

So it's more like giving up a luxury item, which is a very Lenten way of thinking anyway. Some Catholics think it's better to also skip fish, but I'm not exactly a major fish eater. For me, I think the whole thing is another one of those make-you-think-about-it reminder traditions that takes a piece of daily life (eating) and connects some religious significance that isn't there every single day. The tradition is there to get something spiritual out of it, not to be a competition of who can follow letter of the law the most. I think there's even a biblical passage that says something like that, but I can't rattle off a lot of scripture. Regardless, that's more than enough religious discussion for the day.

And grilled veggies make a good side, yes. It's completely a mental thing, but it doesn't seem like a whole meal to me. If I ever figure out that citrus side effect thing I might like fruit more, too.

- Pookah
Mar. 30th, 2007 09:49 pm (UTC)
Just realizing that I must be the last person who calls you Dave on here.

What Would Buddha Do ? Actually, he probably wouldn't eat at all; he was good at that. That's one of the reasons why they make him so big and jolly, always smiling. Anyway, I celebrate Roman Catholic traditions as well as practice the big guy's faith {should be read "Christmas presents" and "Easter chocolate"}. All inclusive rocks. Point also being that I do my best to NOT eat red or white meat on Fridays and on Ash Wednesday. Always loved Ash Wednesday: face painting with dirt; what's not to like ?

Wow... we sure've been talking about food a lot here. Chocolate, fish, red meat, white meat, and blue meat. Wait, no... oh well.

Now if only I could get some major deity to make with the recording contract.

much love,
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