Friday, July 8, 2011
Living on a food stamp budget day 8
The lovely part is having dinner cooked for me. Tonight I will likely have massive calories none of which will come out of my food stamp budget. To those of you who have e-mailed me worrying that I am not getting enough to eat. Worry not. I am not wasting away by any means.
Knowing that I had a noon meeting close to my gym I ate a big breakfast to tide me over until what may be a late lunch/snack.
2 eggs with rice (rice was leftover from the pork belly dinner and previously cooked and accounted for) .40
2 slices of bacon .32
1 small baguette .60
2 figs .48
This is a great example of how little it takes to blow a budget. While I can make it up in the budget; it is important to realize that ONE nice breakfast is not a possibility for many living on food stamps.
On CNN today was a list of the world's most expensive cities. They make some real comparisons in prices. As an example they say a loaf of bread 7.61 in Moscow and 6.06 in New York. WHAT bread are they buying?
In New York I can get fresh baked Rye for 2.99, a baguette for 1.29. I sent an e mail to a friend in Moscow who is a big fan of the black bread a sort of a sourdough Rye. When I did the math it turns out he is paying 3.99 for a loaf. CNN WHAT bread did you buy?
Bread rant over. After a meeting with St. Luke's Church and the San Francisco Food Bank I took a quick run home and had some of the beef stew from earlier in the week. 1.08
I went back to St. Luke's for another short meeting and then a big workout at the gym and onto a birthday dinner.
Turning older has no appeal but a meal like this, amazing.
There were healthy appetizers and I had a few of them, but it was the pretzels and blue cheese dip that captured me.
This was followed by an Asian chicken salad with a sesame dressing.
And then...the star of the evening. There is a Szechaun pork dish with green onions that blows me away and that was served with broccoli and white rice.
I feasted. I was blown away at how good it was. This along with 2 1/2 glasses of wine more than took care of my calories for the day.
And then dessert. A brilliant banana cream pie, not overly sweet and seriously delicious. If you are in San Francisco check out ChilePies
I consumed 2,523 calories with okay nutrition and more than twice the protein I need.
I spent (due to the birthday)3.13.
I will do the math for the past two days later to see where I am.