food matters monday

Today’s edition:

What Casa Squeaky eats

You’ve probably seen at least some of the pictures from the book Hungry Planet floating around the interwebs.  The premise is simple – families from all around the world put all the food they eat in a week in one place at one time.  The disparities are stark, but not all together shocking:

See it all here and here, plus an interesting pdf from the author here.

I’d first seen these pictures years ago, probably via an NPR story.  I again stumbled on the book at the library last year, and had entertained the idea of doing a what we eat in a week pictures.  Well, I’ve procrastinated no more!

Total cost $60/week.  This isn’t an exhaustive list.  Each week is different, depending on what’s in season and what’s on sale.

Fruit – At least 15 lbs.  Usually 5 lbs of bananas, 6 lbs of apples, 1 lb lemon, and 3 lbs of another kind that is on sale

Vegetables – At least 10 lbs.  Carrots, onions, root vegetables, peppers, tomatoes, frozen mixed veggies, corn, broccoli, brussel sprouts, garlic, lettuce or whatever else is on sale.

Animal products – 1 gallon skim milk, 3-4 cans of tuna, 3 lbs of chicken, and 1 lb egyptian cream cheese.   We’ll occasionally get shrimp or fish.

Grocery:  Peanut butter, 1 lb whole wheat pasta or brown rice, 1-2 lbs assorted beans, 1/2 lb kalamata olives, 1/6 container folgers instant coffee, 2 oz tea, /4 lb nuts, 1/2 container hot sauce, 32 oz canned tomato, oats, 1/2 cup cooking oil, 10 pieces whole wheat pita and/or homemade tortillas, chapatis, or rolls.   Sometimes we’ll get popcorn, wheat thins or triscuits.


2 thoughts on “food matters monday

  1. Looking at your groceries makes me think. . . WHEN IS THE BLOOMING FARMERS’ MARKET GOING TO OPEN!?!?!

    I’m about ready to body check an old lady for a decent tomato. . . ok, maybe not, but ya know what I’m sayin’?

    • Makes me wish I could move to Madison or somewhere further down south. Went to a farmer’s market in DC 2 weekends ago and got:

      *big fat juicy flavorful tomato

      All grown within 200 miles of the farmers market. Yet another reason to start saving pennies to get the heck out of dodge.

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