|I'll miss sushi.|
Restaurants offer little more than iceberg lettuce, factory-raised meat, any form of potato and pie. Oh, and Walleye, the only fish variety one will find in these regions. This is distressing to a self-confessed food snob (I blame San Francisco and my early years as a food critic) who is trying to be vegetarian and on her most ambitious days, vegan.
(The glaring exception here is if you are lucky enough to receive an invitation for a home-cooked meal. Midwestern cooks are incredible, though hesitant to use spices. I'm hoping to score a few invites.)
This strict policy may induce eye rolling but the truth is, I am not opposed to processed foods (favorites include Pringles, Kraft Mac & Cheese, all breakfast cereals and my biggest vice, Diet Coke) but they are bad for my body and I try to resist; I'm not always successful. (I always lose control on road trips.)
I do, however, make my own ice cream, hummus, hollandaise sauce and vanilla extract and hope to add a few more items to the list very soon. I've attempted homemade yogurt and bread but both were failures. I'll give it another go once I get settled but I worry that the ingredients for these items will not be available and I'll have to turn to Amazon. (One way or another, the FedEx guy is going to be among my new friends.)
|Olive oil, next to the lard, which actually better for you than margarine.|
- Olive Oil
- Garbanzo Beans - pricey though, $1.99 for 15 oz., compared to 99 cents here.
- Wheat tortillas
- Organic milk - I'm not drinking milk anymore but I found this encouraging.
|Encased in plastic, like everything else.|
Such is a North Dakota reverse crime wave - people putting things in your car, instead of stealing it.
Alas, no organic apples to be found, one of my favorite snacks and the #1 food on the Dirty Dozen list of foods with pesticide residue. Maybe I'll make a friend with an organic apple tree - this is my best hope.