Category Archives: food

Schedule? What’s That?

Aside from my sleeping schedule, which is currently pretty much non existent, this last semester has somehow also deregulated my eating schedule. There were numerous days each week where, in between meetings, general office business, and teaching, I was forced to eat at off hours if I was going to eat at all.

Lunch was often at ten thirty in the morning, or if not, I would have to wait to eat until after class, when I would get home at eleven at night. Or, on days when it was a little more lenient, dinner was at four in the afternoon, or the same consequences would ensue. While I am generally good at going for prolonged periods of time without food, I can’t maintain this sort of thing over an entire semester. This became a regular thing, and pretty soon my entire body became accustomed to it.

The semester ended,  I have returned to my previous schedule, and since this is the week right before holiday break, there are no ridiculous meetings, but my body continues to insist on eating as it did before. By ten this morning I was already craving lunch, and having dinner at seven or eight seems like an eternity. And then at around eleven at night, when I used to just be getting home, I am hungry again for no reason.

It is not terrible, but very annoying. I am trying to force my body back into a normal schedule (who has lunch at 10:30 in the morning?), but I am sure that as soon as I do, it will be only a week or less before the semester begins again, and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays I will have to push it around once more. And who knows what that will entail….

P.S. There is a picture of ice cream for this post because that is what I had for lunch yesterday when I started writing this. Thought you should know.

Madeleines, Not Donuts

Have you ever eaten a donut that looked so good you wanted to be seen with it? Me neither. Donuts are delicious, but not particularly showy.

Today, I took one of those silly online quizzes to see if I could identify the “signature” foods for different novels. It was fun, and one of the prompts had a picture of madeleines. The answer was obvious. Proust. Remembrance of Things Past. (It was multiple choice, and if you had seen the other choices, the answer would be obvious to you too, because no where in Robinson Crusoe is anyone eating fancy French tea cakes).

I remember how much I had loved madeleines after having read the novel. I was young, and they sounded so sophisticated. I had never seen them sold by the box. Individually wrapped, expensive morsels of sophistication. Back in the 90’s a box of a dozen donuts at the corner shop cost about $3.50, if not less. A packet of madeleines containing exactly two cookies a little bigger than my thumb cost the same. And donuts were infinitely more delicious.

But you see, standing around with a giant chocolate donut on a paper plate was nowhere near as sexy as sipping a cup of tea with a few delicately strewn madeleines plate side.

Have you ever heard of a damsel in distress being rescued while eating donuts? Me neither.

Breakfast At Tiffany’s. Holly Golightly is having a croissant, French pastry, cousin to the madeleine, not a bear claw.

Do you understand?

Because I am kind of running out of examples, so it would be really helpful if you did.

Well, while you are thinking about it, I will be at home privately ravaging donuts, but if anyone asks, I am having creme puffs. Ok?

Food and Blogging

Why does blogging make people hungry? Or is that just me? I am serious. After I blog I get hungry.  This is not necessarily a bad thing. But it is rather curious.
It can’t be the actual act of writing. I write far more for work and school without a similar effect. I write emails after which I don’t seem to get hungry. Well, except for the times I am emailing about food. Then maybe a little.
What is it about blogging that makes me want to run out for a dozen donuts and a fudge cake?
My strange diet has never had any adverse effects on my weight, but despite all the running/walking/scampering I do, I am pretty sure I am unhealthy. Does this mean blogging is making me even more unhealthy? And why can’t I get cravings for carrot sticks or salad? I think the healthiest thing I have ever gotten a craving for is trail mix. And my version of trail mix is questionable at best.
I feel as though I should start blogging more about food. Then I would maybe feel more justified craving ridiculous things afterwards. Better yet, if I start blogging about healthy foods there might be a chance I would start craving collard greens afterwards.
Or I could use this as an excuse to go out for ice cream.