Crumbs From the Corner: Adventures in Woolgathering

Friday, November 30, 2007

Nourishment For the Road

"Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory."

-Miguel de Cervantes, Author of Don Quixote

My mother, bless her, yesterday told a work colleague at lunch that she always added sultanas and bananas to her curries when she used to cook them for me years ago. The friend was stunned: bananas in curry? Whatever next?
My mother then reached into her handbag for a napkin with which to dab her lips and discovered a bruised but eminently edible banana she had forgotten about from a few days earlier.
Wielding it like a punctuation mark to defend her cooking style, she retorted, "I have all the makings of a curry right here!" which sent her friend into absolute fits of giggles.

Just last week my Spouse and I spent a long afternoon in a shopping mall, by the end of which time we needed to partake of some victuals. I ate some quite tasty Teriyaki Chicken from the Food Court but Spouse, still unable to eat much while recuperating from an illness, ate a little homemade bread and meatballs we had carried in our backpack. Otherwise we would have simply had to go home, which we were not quite ready to do.

I repeat it often, but one should always be prepared.
Take along some little bit of food no matter where you go and it will save so much trouble. Whether it is a biscuit or bread, fruit or vegetable (I once sat at a bus stop next to a man happily biting into a raw, red bell pepper and it was an enlightening experience for me) -pack something into your pocket or bag. It is wise to be ready for traffic jams, unpunctual friends or the quite unexpected detours that can take you anywhere, as long as you can have a bite to eat on the way.

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