It is a surreal time in the world. I have gone to get groceries a couple of times since after moving during the pandemic and I have learned a lot about what I do not want to live without when it comes to food. What I am craving. What I kick myself over forgetting to pick up. What is on top of my list the next time I go…
From products to ingredients, here is my list of foods I can not live without! If I can help it. Feel free to share yours!
Sunflower seeds! Salted, in-shell. Always. Since I was 11 years old. I even brought them to Bible camp with me, if you can believe that! They are my super stress food. When all else fails, I turn to these for emotional relief.
Shiitake mushrooms. I actually prefer them dried and then rehydrated in my Instant Pot but they had fresh at the grocery store so I picked some up. These are one of the best immunity boosters out there and I love to add them to my spicy noodles! Which I am living on lately. You can always add them to a stir fry or a hot and sour soup.
I sliced and froze them right away since I had to wash them immediately when I got home. They defrost quickly and still taste fantastic!
The first time I got to a place with President’s Choice products I picked up my crack: PC Maple Bacon Popcorn. Two bags! Without hesitation. This is my movie-watching treat. I just opened bag number two. I am rationing this one very slowly.
I rarely get the “buy 2 for $___” deal when it comes to hummus but for PC Beet Hummus? Yes please! Not only is it delicious (if you like beets) you get a ton of protein and flavonoids. I go through half a container in one sitting so buying two was very, very wise. The perfect product when you are just too tired and depressed with the current world situation to make food.
What I Am Missing
I am at the end of my PC Decaf Vanilla Hazelnut Coffee!!! Not only that, I could not find any decaf ground coffee that wasn’t for a specialty machine! I am also out of my own cocoa powder. Thankfully I have this fantastic dark hot chocolate mix my friend Dave gave me. At Christmas! I broke into that one last night. Gotta get my hot chocolate fix.
Because I could not get my coffee I bought this coffee syrup to try and make my own cold coffee with. Not the same!!! But it will do once I am officially out. Life without coffee, seriously…
I tried to follow the rules and only take the produce I touched so I have some crappy fuji apples, LOL. Not super stellar but I love them with peanut butter! Again, an easy quick fix when the weight of the world epidemic is on your shoulders.
Behind the apples you can see the butternut squash I picked up on a whim. I usually make my Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with it but realized I am out of some of those essential ingredients. Damn it! Thankfully squash tend to last. Next time get carrots and boxed broth Suzie!!!
OK now I could have just any kind of yogurt if I have to (and trust me, I have tried) but Astro’s Original Balkan Yogurt has spoiled me rotten. There are real chunks of fruit on the bottom and they have peach and black cherry! So delicious. This yogurt tastes like the yogurt I grew up on.
As great as super thick Greek yogurts are in smoothies and used as sauces, when I sit down to have some yogurt I want it to taste like this. Weird texture aside, this is my favourite and am so glad I have some now!
Give Me My Sour Cream
I could not believe the first time I went shopping that the stores did not have sour cream! I am Latvian. I NEED my sour cream. I do not care where it comes from, the fat content… whatever! Give me sour cream. There were a couple of tubs left the last time I risked going to the store. I picked up a large container and have enjoyed it so much! I mean pierogies without sour cream? That is just WRONG!
Now I know having food right now is a privilege so this was partially written tongue-in-cheek because I am grateful to be able to eat. That said, let’s have our Survivor moment and think of all the foods we love that we want right now and appreciate the moments we can actually indulge in them.
What is on the top of your list? What are you missing right now? What is it like in your foodie world at the moment?