Breakfast: 1 banana, slice of cornmeal toast with natural ground peanut butter, slice of sour cream poundcake. I didn't want peanut butter on my toast, I wanted regular butter. But the peanut butter was literally the only protein-type food remaining in the house. We are out of eggs. We are out of cheese. We are out of salami. We are out of yogurt. We are out of nuts. Now we are also out of peanut butter. At least I have the day off today and can shop.
Lunch: I have not shopped yet. I thought of another protein food: sour cream. Dip made of sour cream mixed with sambar powder (because, why not?), paired with carrot medallions. Slice of cornmeal toast with butter and strawberry jam. Slice of poundcake. The poundcake is gone now.
Shopping!: At Safeway, where I proceeded to spend just as much money as I do at Whole Foods. The assumption that these mainstream groceries are substantially cheaper seems to be inaccurate. It would be interesting to do some analysis of this, and, knowing me, I will someday. Anyway, shopping: mirin (sweet rice cooking wine), dried shiitake mushrooms, basmati rice, green lentils, regular long-grain rice, clover honey, flaky sea salt, brown cage-free eggs, 2% lactose-free milk, half and half, 6 Dannon Oikos greek yogurts (various flavors), quart of plain whole-milk Fage greek yogurt, 6 store-made assorted rolls, thin boneless pork chops, organic boneless chicken breasts, 12 lemons, scallions, 3 eggplant, ginger root, organic bananas, organic yellow onion, chocolate-covered almonds, bag of mandarin oranges, 2 packages organic extra-firm tofu, fresh chives, olive oil, grape tomatoes, "golden berries" aka dried gooseberries, asiago cheese, smoked provolone, pistachios. Total $149.
At the liquor store: bottle of sake, $13.
Dinner: roasted potatoes and farm sweet potatoes; farm cabbage slaw with a dressing made of mayonnaise, whole grain mustard, honey and cider vinegar, plus salt and lots of pepper: chicken breast tenders coated with cornstarch, salt and pepper, dipped in egg, then rolled in a mixture of panko bread crumbs, unsweetened coconut, and a little sugar (I used too much sugar) and baked. This was an OK dinner, not great. It sounded and looked better than it actually tasted.
Snacks: 4 cups of coffee with heavy cream, 2 regular, 2 decaf. Safeway-made jalapeno-cheddar bread roll. The latter beckoned to me irresistibly before dinnertime, and it was strangely delicious. Recommend.