Day 29 – 9/29/15

I’m finishing up the contents of my freezer as I daydream about what to eat when the challenge is over. I haven’t missed the things I thought I’d miss, like pizza, steak, or dessert.

What I have missed are flavors. I miss spicy foods and seasonings like cumin or dried red pepper or paprika or jalapenos or garam masala. I get really jealous of my coworkers when they have soup for lunch – especially if it’s a hearty fall favorite, like chili, or Italian wedding soup, basically anything with tomato and beans and lots and lots of spices. I can smell their soup from across the room.

I miss limes and cayenne. I miss stinky cheese. I miss shrimp. I would like some Asian pickles. I can use some nachos and cheese the really fake kind of fluorescent yellow cheese you get at baseball stadiums. I miss dumplings! I’ve pushed these thoughts away for so long, and now that the end is near, they have come back to haunt me with a vengeance. And I don’t think I can make them go away by snacking on raw cabbage anymore.

Also, I’ve been shopping around to see what $0.32 will buy me in terms of food, and I haven’t found anything besides Trader Joe’s banana (19c/each). What happened to the days of 5c Bazooka? Any ideas on how I can splurrrrrge?

Daily Meals/Costs:

Congee (皮蛋粥) – $0.28

2 x Borscht with rice- $1.44

Cabbage garlic braise with rice – $0.28

Total: $2.00

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