Jump to content
  • Welcome to the eG Forums, a service of the eGullet Society for Culinary Arts & Letters. The Society is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the culinary arts. These advertising-free forums are provided free of charge through donations from Society members. Anyone may read the forums, but to post you must create a free account.

Food in the time of a pandemic


haresfur
 Share

Recommended Posts

1 hour ago, rotuts said:

I get those 30 lbs tubs delivered from them

 

much less work .  I just drag them in from the front door .

 

I do the same, except from Chewy or Amazon. Cat foods too.

  • Like 1

Mitch Weinstein aka "weinoo"

Tasty Travails - My Blog

My eGullet FoodBog - A Tale of Two Boroughs

Was it you baby...or just a Brilliant Disguise?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 hours ago, Shelby said:

Yeah because no one wants to piss off you NYC people!

 

 

😬

 

No worries. They are pissed-off already.

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 1
  • Haha 5
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 1 month later...

The Economist has a report on the Marmite shortage gripping South Africa since the start of the pandemic:

 

"I am distraught because I am about to finish my last jar," says Irine Mboweni, a resident of Johannesburg and mother of two.  "There is no Marmite on the shelves and I do not know what to do."

 

The shortages are attributed to the government's policy of banning alcohol sales to free up hospital beds when COVID first hit.  The Economist searched 15 grocery stores in Johannesburg, and found a total of only seven jars of Marmite, three of which had escaped by hiding behind jars of Bovril.

 

Your correspondent will neither confirm nor deny snagging Johannesburg's last seven jars.  Suffice it to say that Mrs Mboweni is no longer short of sludge.

 

  • Like 3
  • Haha 1

Cooking is cool.  And kitchen gear is even cooler.  -- Chad Ward

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Posted (edited)

No doubt you have been reading or hearing about the severe lockdowns in Shanghai. I have no intention of getting into the politics behind what is being reported, but I will say there have been some wild inaccuracies.

 

I'm in near-daily content with friends in Shanghai who are telling a somewhat different story. I'm told that although no one likes them, most people acccept the need for the lockdowns. What they are complaining about is the shortage of food.

They have received food supplies from the government, but they have been irregular and meagre. Four such deliveries since April 1st.

 

1240134319__20220503120727.jpg.f3d80709ec09384d0f4de0897ce3a90b.jpg

April 1st

 

1788028914__20220503120744.jpg.ca9a943438d0c5adb537304dfc5aca9d.jpg

April 5th

2015043792__20220503120754.jpg.e5f54f1336019f0c00946b6a2e36c1f2.jpg

April 13th

 

1402302247__20220502204209.thumb.jpg.5345cc05b295f5408994d49d92374f52.jpg

May 2nd

Each household gets this, irrespective of number of residents. It is used to supplement what little is available in the markets.

This morning a friend in Shanghai informs me that as of last night, they can now buy from a limited selection of 200 items for delivery via this organisation. She is delighted as she can buy what she wants instead of what she is sent without choice. Her first choice was potato crisps/chips for her 12 year old daughter! Then some flour, yeast and baking powder.  And she got some toilet paper! Heaven.

I have felt frustrated because I can buy anything - no shortages here - and wanted to send her stuff, but it just wouldn't arrive. Deliveries aren't being made. My big worry now is that I am running low on my favourite imported, canned Portuguese sardines. I ordered some weeks ago, but they are stuck in Shanghai! But I can't really complain, can I?

 

Edited by liuzhou (log)
  • Like 3
  • Thanks 1

...your dancing child with his Chinese suit.

 

The Kitchen Scale Manifesto

Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 5/3/2022 at 7:20 AM, liuzhou said:

No doubt you have been reading or hearing about the severe lockdowns in Shanghai. I have no intention of getting into the politics behind what is being reported, but I will say there have been some wild inaccuracies.

 

I'm in near-daily content with friends in Shanghai who are telling a somewhat different story. I'm told that although no one likes them, most people acccept the need for the lockdowns. What they are complaining about is the shortage of food.

They have received food supplies from the government, but they have been irregular and meagre. Four such deliveries since April 1st.

 

1240134319__20220503120727.jpg.f3d80709ec09384d0f4de0897ce3a90b.jpg

April 1st

 

1788028914__20220503120744.jpg.ca9a943438d0c5adb537304dfc5aca9d.jpg

April 5th

2015043792__20220503120754.jpg.e5f54f1336019f0c00946b6a2e36c1f2.jpg

April 13th

 

1402302247__20220502204209.thumb.jpg.5345cc05b295f5408994d49d92374f52.jpg

May 2nd

Each household gets this, irrespective of number of residents. It is used to supplement what little is available in the markets.

This morning a friend in Shanghai informs me that as of last night, they can now buy from a limited selection of 200 items for delivery via this organisation. She is delighted as she can buy what she wants instead of what she is sent without choice. Her first choice was potato crisps/chips for her 12 year old daughter! Then some flour, yeast and baking powder.  And she got some toilet paper! Heaven.

I have felt frustrated because I can buy anything - no shortages here - and wanted to send her stuff, but it just wouldn't arrive. Deliveries aren't being made. My big worry now is that I am running low on my favourite imported, canned Portuguese sardines. I ordered some weeks ago, but they are stuck in Shanghai! But I can't really complain, can I?

 

Glad that sutiation in Shanghai is going to be normal again. These food supplies are not enough.
About your situiation with the canned Portuguese sardines - it's OK to complain when you get used to something and then one day it changes. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

4 minutes ago, Teronms said:

It's OK to complain when you get used to something and then one day it changes. 

 

What I meant was that it is a bit unreasonable for me to complain that I can't get a relatively luxurious ingredient when so many people can hardly get anything at all.

  • Like 1

...your dancing child with his Chinese suit.

 

The Kitchen Scale Manifesto

Link to comment
Share on other sites

4 hours ago, liuzhou said:

 

What I meant was that it is a bit unreasonable for me to complain that I can't get a relatively luxurious ingredient when so many people can hardly get anything at all.

I understood that and tried to say that it is OK 😌

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Posted (edited)

Ì just learned after three weeks that my six cans of sardines have left the Shanghai depot and are on their way to me. Also, and more importantly my friends' situation in Shanghai is much improved.

620301275_portuguesesardines2.thumb.jpg.4abd459d3f586c44a183eff14eb9c2fe.jpg

Edited by liuzhou (log)
  • Like 8

...your dancing child with his Chinese suit.

 

The Kitchen Scale Manifesto

Link to comment
Share on other sites

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...