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Food in the time of a pandemic


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No toilet paper in our area.  Fortunately a friendly vet tech lives up north of here in the middle of nowhere...really nowhere...and she says she can bring us some.  Believe it or not, we were almost out.   Our really sad news is that our son who blew in from Halifax unexpectedly a few days ago now is leaving tomorrow.  He has 1,000 miles to go and we all thought he had better get home while the getting is good.  He's also at risk...so I hope his area is better.  As far as I know we don't have it locally...yet...but we are near enough to Toronto that it is inevitable and will be soon.  

 

Ed's not home yet so I don't know if he is going to be able to get the fruits and vegetables.    He said that Costco was very, very quiet...as compared to yesterday when the report was that it was a zoo.  

 

Added:  fruits were purchased.  Not a scrap of toilet paper to be had.

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Local organic farmers market was busy at 8:20 this morning.  My favourite local farmer (and the guy who takes up 1/2 the entire space) had a great big sign saying 'Help your local farmers and stockpile HERE' - so I did (well, sort of) - lots of great easily stored fruits/veg (carrots, beets, cabbage, onions, apples, broccoli, dried fruit, beans, nuts) and a lot of citrus and leafy veg.  Did basically a double shop - between the new haul of fruit/veg and all stored/frozen provisions, we are set for at least the next 3 weeks.  The market is based in a local private school and threatened to close; I asked him what would happen in the event that they did not allow the market to use the school - he said he would just setup shop in the parking lot - love that guy.

 

For locals, Shoppers Drug mart is still getting shipments of toilet paper - there is no shortage (got 40 rolls yesterday - at the wifey's command) as is Food Basics and other local chains.  Just have to get there early in the day.

 

 

 

 

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Just returned from the mercado and can report that, at least for the moment, everything seems normal. A few empty spaces where normally there have been vendors, but otherwise as usual. Whether this will continue remains to be seen. But in any case I'm confident that we will be able to find fresh ingredients. I think México is just at the beginning of the outbreak, so we'll have to keep an eye on how things progress. And we're well supplied with toilet paper (and Nutella).

 

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We're lucky to have a good supply of country hams and bacon (safe at room temperature) as we always do.

I recommend ordering some if that's the sort of thing you like — it's a great 'prepper' food!

 

No SARS-CoV-2 or Covid 19 cases in my area, so far, but it'll get here—it probably already is here.

This is a small county in western NY — Chemung County, population ~85,500.

We're about 250 miles from Manhattan but closely connected in that there are two state prisons here, one max, one super-max, there's also a state psychiatric center here — so there's a lot of traffic back and forth to the city.

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Portland being Portland, the only comestible my neighborhood greengrocer was cleaned out of today was kale. He said that all of his suppliers are still operating on their usual schedules and they haven't reported any shortages yet, so more kale will be coming. I bought collards instead—there were two shelves full of it.

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one last note on the food supply as I understand it from a distance :

 

Target.com   had extended two items I had ordered by two weeks :

 

two cases of soup.   they now apologized and canceled them.

 

I dont mind and it probably will have no real effect on the food I have.

 

Im hoping they developed an algorithm that sent them elsewhere based on

 

my previous orders.  this would put a smile on my face.

 

I think deep in the food supply system , for ' pantry ' items

 

there is  plenty of stock l just not in the place readily available to consumers.

 

I doubt Campbells Soup factories work at a thin margin.

 

out of personal curiosity only  , Ill check weekly and see when these reappear.

 

I doubt ill need them then , but Im keeping my self at my home ,  based on my age

 

and walk around the block a few times a day  as an investment I should have made a 

 

long time ago.

 

and  , I do have plenty to occupy me ,  but sometimes I click return

 

on my computer for no really significant  reason at all.

 

Ill now measure Units of Time in

 

"" Better Call Saul "" units , which means its Mondays.

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This event is certainly a great spur to 'clean out my freezer' (hey, I can participate in that thread now too!)

 

Pulled out a bag of 2-3 lbs of frozen ramps and just cooked up a batch of potato/ramp soup.  It's on the menu for lunch, probably fry up some onions and drizzle with mortar ground ramp oil.

 

 

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I got an order of ' seasoning meat  ' from Broadbent's

 

https://www.broadbenthams.com/Seasoning-Meats/products/82/

 

the beans I have from RG's  would be very lonely without these friends 

 

when I start to use them both.

 

granted  BB is not priced at the Supermarket level  ....

 

Rice::Beans::Broadbent           my new Triad

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Braved the supermarket late this afternoon, it wasn’t too crowded and I was anticipating the empty paper goods aisle, and the lack of fresh poultry, so not as shocking. Plenty of fresh fish, so salmon for dinner tonight. There was a sign over the shelves were the poultry would have been to request shoppers limit the quantity, but that didn’t seem effective. Also saw that the frozen pizzas looked pretty sparse. Fresh fruit and veg were well stocked, pretty obvious that people are buying for “future use” since the canned veg were depleted. Got cat litter...so all is well.

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We don't usually buy rice in such big quantities as we have to schlep it home and have nowhere to store it in a small apt but here it is:

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20 pounds... This should last us a month or so...

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and it has a Handle !

 

i have two Daawat basmati Traditional bags 

 

https://www.daawat.com/explore-our-range/specialist-basmati-rice

 

the blue one.

 

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I went to my local Indian Emporium  

 

and  got two bags    

 

several weeks ago 

 

after all , these bags offered 20 % more

 

and  it was much easier get the  2   12 lbs basg to my car

 

as they balanced themselves  , one in each hand

 

I kid you not

 

and Ive enjoyed the Blue Bag for some time anyway 

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I carried the 20 pound sack home like a baby for 8 blocks while carrying a large bag with the rest of the groceries on my shoulder... Manhattan is not car friendly - or parking friendly at the least...

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@KennethT - least you killed two birds and got your daily work-out in as well! ;)

 

With my little guy's Celiac diagnosis over a year ago now, we have channeled our inner Asian roots and have started consuming rice multiple times a week.  Trying to be health conscious as well, we tried brown rice - no thanks.  Found a great middle ground with health benefits and great taste to boot - Haiga rice:

 

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Many do not know about it, but I would highly recommend sourcing some if you are able to. 

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14 minutes ago, TicTac said:

@KennethT - least you killed two birds and got your daily work-out in as well! ;)

 

With my little guy's Celiac diagnosis over a year ago now, we have channeled our inner Asian roots and have started consuming rice multiple times a week.  Trying to be health conscious as well, we tried brown rice - no thanks.  Found a great middle ground with health benefits and great taste to boot - Haiga rice:

 

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Many do not know about it, but I would highly recommend sourcing some if you are able to. 

 

May I ask where you got yours?

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Yeah, I definitely could skip the gym this afternoon!  Then again, I could skip it most days from the stuff I do at work on an almost daily basis, so this was no big deal.  IMO, brown rice should be labeled as not fit for human consumption...  I'd much rather have my regular nice jasmine rice (or basmati if I'm making Indian food) and just stir fry some bok choi, or other nice veggie with lots of garlic.  That's about as much fiber and vitamins that I can handle... otherwise it would be like that old SNL skit, with Super Colon Blow...

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If I can't get the food I want at the local grocery store, at least I can have a case of wine shipped to me. I placed orders with wine.com and Korbel today. Cheers!

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52 minutes ago, KennethT said:

Yeah, I definitely could skip the gym this afternoon!  Then again, I could skip it most days from the stuff I do at work on an almost daily basis, so this was no big deal.  IMO, brown rice should be labeled as not fit for human consumption...  I'd much rather have my regular nice jasmine rice (or basmati if I'm making Indian food) and just stir fry some bok choi, or other nice veggie with lots of garlic.  That's about as much fiber and vitamins that I can handle... otherwise it would be like that old SNL skit, with Super Colon Blow...

I could not get Ed to eat brown rice...until I first cooked it in a rice maker.  Don't ask me why...I have no idea...but somehow the texture et al came out just right and now that's all we eat.  As for the fiber thingy...we are fine with it.  Must be that sturdy Canadian thing. :P

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I rejected brown rice until I tried Alton Brown's Baked Rice on the Food Network website.

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1 hour ago, Porthos said:

I rejected brown rice until I tried Alton Brown's Baked Rice on the Food Network website.

Indeed! That’s the way I also cook brown rice. Comes out perfect every time.

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Yesterday a neighbor, who knows I bake bread, knocked on my door and asked if I could bake her a loaf of bread for today. She had spend hours shopping for essential (had been away for a few days on business) and had forgotten bread and couldn't face the ordeal of going back to the store.

She offered me $5.00 but I didn't want to touch the bill and told her it would be my pleasure to bake a loaf for her.  

So she picked this up a 11 a.m. this morning. 

In a few weeks after most of this mess has blown over, hopefully, her son will do some yard work for me. 

I'm well stocked with everything and I haven't needed to go out to shop.  I did order from Walmart on line and picked up some fresh fruits and vegetables.

Gave them all a vinegar and water bath after I got home and since my dryer has a "shelf" for shoes and things, I dried them in there - no heat, air only.  

 

I always have lots of rice on hand.  I bought an 11 pound package of the pink Madagascar rice 3 years ago and it only gets better with age. 

I also have sushi rice, red rice, black rice, green bamboo rice and 6 cans of Carnaroli rice. 

 

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"There are, it has been said, two types of people in the world. There are those who say: this glass is half full. And then there are those who say: this glass is half empty. The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: What's up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don't think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass!" Terry Pratchett

 

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Mayor of Los Angeles just shut down in dining We shall see how take-out delivery works out   Poor employees.

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