Sunday, October 16, 2011

there's too much food on my plate

i woke up today, took a shower, and then made myself a grilled bagel (have i ever mentioned my love for grilled bagels on here? i lovelovelove them) with banana peppers for breakfast. my husband had a cheddar cheese omelet and toast with jam and butter. we just opened our fridge and everything was right there waiting for us to devour it. fresh and packaged and kept cool by electricity. when breakfast comes this easily to you, it's sometimes hard not to take it for granted.

but for a lot of the world, fridges filled with food is not something to sneeze at. for some people, it's about as unobtainable as unicorns and leprechauns. we all grew up with our parents telling us to finish our plates because there were starving children in africa. as we grow older, we are asked to do more for these children than just eat our vegetables. and with the entire world in a recession, it's not only the children in africa who are starving anymore. when you have a fridge full of food, it's the least you can do to try and help those who don't. just being more conscientious about the food crisis is a step in the right direction, though there are several places you could go to donate money. you could also look up your local food bank and donate stuff there. there are easier ways to help, too, like playing online games like free rice which donates twenty grains of rice for every correct vocabulary word you get.

while still debating about what to write for this year's blog action day, i came across this site which has ten facts about food that i found really cool. for example, did you know that the color of the twisty-tie thing on bread changes in accordance with which day the bread was baked? or how about that sodas are called soft drinks because soft drinks were those with no alcohol, as compared to "hard drinks?" you know how twinkies supposedly last forever? yeah, well, their shelf life is really only twenty five days. i'll let you all go read through the rest yourself, but there were some really cool things on there.

anyway, food. stop taking it for granted.

*Too Much Food - Jason Mraz


  1. anonymous hippopotamusOctober 16, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    ??? how do you grill a bagel? and what do you put on it...and why on earth have you never told me?

    its actually ten grains of rice per word.

  2. oh my god i never told you?!?! but i told everyone!! maybe you were in khobar when i forst got obsessed... anyway, you put cream cheese and banana peppers (olives or peppercini are both good too. i've tried.) and you grill it and it is amazing and i will make one for you next time i see you.

    and ten? really? oops. i could've sworn it was twenty.

  3. anonymous hippopotamusOctober 16, 2011 at 9:17 PM

    the rice game is addictive

  4. anonymous hippopotamusOctober 16, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    how do you grill it? do you have a panini maker?! i'll hate you forever if you do.

  5. no. zeyad had one, but it broke. i grill it like a grilled cheese in a pan. duh.

  6. anonymous hippopotamusOctober 17, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    that doesn't sound good :S It sounds messy.. cuz you have to put butter on grilled cheese and i can't see the outside of the bagel absorbing the butter and becoming crispy.. it would just be a greasy mess. :S :S :S

  7. Speaking of food, if you haven't already, I would recommend you watch the Food Matters documentary. It's beyond inspiring; it has changed my life completely. I literally am not able to look at food the same way ever again. It won't push, but gently grab you by the hand, and walk you to an organic lifestyle.

    Food isn't just something to fill up your belly, it's our energy source. I mean, if you were to put water instead of gasoline, you know, just to fill up the tank, would it run? Sort of the same logic. Weak analogy, but yeah. Anyway, I wish we could keep that in mind when we're donating. It's sort of sad that we can't donate proper nutrition. It lacks both shelf life and convenience.

    Also, this fact stuff is cool. And another also, write more, I need stuff to read, and you're rad. I'm on the internet and I forgot what I used to do here.

  8. i'm generally not a documentary person, but i will give that a chance. i'm generally also a fatty so i might not be able to give organic food as much of a chance, but we'll see what happens. i mean, it's not like i'm constantly stuffing crap down my throat - i do eat healthy - but i like my cheeseburgers too much.

    i've been a bit uninspired for a while, but i'm working to get out of the rut. and i tend to forget what to do on the internet a lot, too. i'll just sit there refreshing random pages and wondering if there's a better way to waste my time.