Suzanne’s Blog: The Shopping List

What does a family buy during their first trip to the grocery store after a year of eating local in the North? I just so happen to have some first-hand experience in this. The items that flew off the grocery store shelves had one theme in common – breakfast.

  • Six different types of cereal
  • Bagels
  • Bread
  • Almond Butter
  • Jam
  • Cream Cheese
  • Butter
  • Yogurt (Yogurt?  Yes, the super thick and sweet kind.  That would be Gerard.)
  • Coffee (Gerard again)
  • And all manner of exotic fruit – oranges, kiwis, pineapple, cherries
Did I mention cereal? And what did I choose?  Vegetable oil. Seems like my family didn’t want another breakfast of fried eggs and potato cakes for a very long time. There is one positive thing about my family having these long-coveted breakfast items in the house again.  It has got me off the hook for cooking breakfast.

Prior to a year ago, I was the sort of person who didn’t eat breakfast.  My hunger sense didn’t kick in until at least 10 am.  So getting up at 6:30 every morning to deal with food definitely didn’t come easily to me. But I did it.  For one year, I cooked breakfast every morning.  It probably did me a world of good to start my day with a protein rich, healthy meal.  But since bagels and cereal have re-invaded the cupboard space, I no longer feel the need to rise early.  I’ve gone back to old habits.  Almost.  Instead of a cup of tea to get me through my morning, I am still enjoying a big mug of hot frothed local milk.  Guess I’m getting a protein rich breakfast after all.  And I can sleep in.  Bonus.  Let them eat bagels!  

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