Lunch (mid-afternoon, after wait shift): Leftover lentils-and-rice with a bit of plain yogurt, slice of Pepperidge Farm 12-grain toast with butter and blackberry jam, handful of grape tomatoes. Arguing with the cat the entire time, who is competing to drink from my glass of water.
Shopping (at Co-op): 3 rolls toilet paper, half and half, can of jellied cranberry sauce (my daughter's choice-- she ate 1/3 of it straight out of the can when we got home), lactose-free 1% milk, organic ground nutmeg ($55/lb???), raspberry yogurt pretzels, packaged Arrowhead Meals herb stuffing (also daughter's choice), Zeke's decaf coffee, KickingHorse regular coffee, dark chocolate-covered raisins, cage-free white eggs, one large garnet yam, 2 cans of cat food. $71.
Dinner: Eggplants and Shiitake Mushrooms Cooked in a Japanese Sauce, from Madhur Jaffrey; plain white rice; tofu cooked in what is lately the usual way; a little bit of mixed salad greens with lemon, olive oil, and honey. Also Jennifer Reese's lemonade, from Make the Bread, Buy the Butter. This particular eggplant dish was delicious-- soft, sweet, and creamy. The shiitake mushrooms were especially delectable. Even my daughter, who dislikes eggplant, vocally appreciated the mushrooms. Unfortunately, my husband has recently admitted he also dislikes eggplant. So most of this dish is for my own personal consumption. The lemonade was strong. Reese suggested adding only half the sugar syrup to start with, then supplementing with more to taste, but I dumped it all in almost straightaway. Still borderline too lemony. My husband added extra water to his. My daughter loves lemon and will eat lemons plain, so she thought it was just right.
Snacks: 4 cups of coffee with half and half, 2 regular, 2 decaf. One raspberry-flavored yogurt pretzel, which tasted kind of gross and artificial, even though we bought them at a natural-foods store. One small teacup of sake, not warmed up, which was mostly tasteless. Maybe I don't understand the appeal. Or maybe I should warm it up. A couple of handfuls of dark chocolate-covered raisins as a bedtime snack. I don't really have a good reason. They were there.