I’ve kind of got a thing for Cory Booker. Dude jumps into flaming buildings to save constituents, loves coffee and isn’t that bad to look at. Oh. And he’s willing to try eating for a week on food stamps just to see what it’s like. Swoon.
Take note. I am in no way trying to compare the situation I’m about to describe with that of the 46.2 million people who live in poverty in the U.S. Poverty and inconvenience are very, very different.
But this week, I’ve taken on a little bit of a challenge, myself. Along with 2013 came an expired credit card. Rather than walk the 50 feet to the bank outside my work to pull out cash, I’ve decided to see if I can survive on pantry basics and leftovers. (And the 2 tons of Chex Mix, baked goods and various bottles of wine delivered to my house throughout the holiday season.)
Thank all that is good that I happen to count frozen pork belly as part of my New Years Eve okonomiyaki leftovers. (Is pork belly a pantry basic?)
At any rate, last night, I didn’t go hungry. Instead, I dined on a combination of lentils, rice, onions and pork belly seasoned with fenugreek, curry, cumin and coriander. I feel full. I feel grateful. And I feel ashamed that more often than not, I stare into my cupboards, think, “There’s nothing to eat,” turn head out to see what the Columbus dining scene can offer my hungry belly. (A lot, it turns out.)
I’m too much of a cynic to declare that I’m going to find ways to go through all my rice, condiments and spices for the rest of the month, only to supplement with $29.78 worth of food. (Just like Corey Booker!) But I will try really hard to see how long I can survive off of what I have without drawing out cash until things are back in order. I’m guessing that I’m going to be just fine.