One of the wonderful things about being home is all the food options that I have missed. While looking at the huge bowl of strawberries that my dad just cut up, I recalled that strawberries were quite expensive when I was in Australia. And I can barely wait until the blueberries are in season, because I hear the Happy Berry, our local berry farm, has a bumper crop expected.
Some of the sillier things I’ve missed are on the cereal aisle. Growing up, we didn’t get cereals like Lucky Charms very often, but every once in a while, my mom would find a really good sale, and bring home 4-5 boxes. We’d polish them off in a couple of days. Now, for those Aussies that are worried about us eating cereal with “marshmallows” in it, I only recently found that the marshmallows in Lucky Charms are actually made of meringue. But I went out and bought myself a box of it, since everyone else in the house is eating healthier than I am, at the moment. Yum!
Also, I went and dug out my collection of flavored coffee, seeing what I left behind. I was sorry I couldn’t drink all of the Almond Amaretto coffee, before leaving for Australia. Vacuum-packed for the whole year, the amaretto flavoring seems to have intensified, so I may have to tame it down by mixing in some regular coffee. I’ll need some more French Vanilla coffee, soon. That kind tastes just like vanilla ice cream. Of course, I’ll have to stock up on some more “girly” flavors, later. : )
For all you ice cream lovers, I ate the last several spoonfuls of the container of Moose Tracks ice cream, but I don’t have any pictures. I’ll have post some, later, when we actually get more ice cream. If nothing else, I’ll get some at the Chatterbox, when I get to PA in a few weeks. Mr. Wilson is saving me some. Vanilla ice cream with veins of dark chocolate and peanut butter cups? It doesn’t get any better than that, unless it’s chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, but there’s some debate on that.
The day after I arrived, I slept late, so I didn’t go to church (I don’t think I was capable of walking, at 9:30am). But at noon, the phone rang… and continued to ring. It occurred to me that someone might be wondering if I wanted to go out to lunch, probably for Chinese. By the time I was standing up, my parents had arrived home to see if I wanted to go out for Chinese, at the House of Leung, for lunch. Am I good, or am I good?
Now that I was conscious, of course I wanted to go to my favorite Chinese restaurant in the whole world! It was just as scrumptious as I remembered, with a delicious egg roll to start, a glass of the best sweet tea in town, and a heaping portion of shrimp fried rice. And as you can see from my picture of the leftovers, from the day after, it’s just as good, the second time around.
At the store, I made sure that we bought a few cans of New Engand clam chowder, though I find that it doesn’t look as great in a picture. I especially like it with Saltine crackers, but we didn’t have any, and it’s not a good idea to get in the habit of eating it that way, all the time. But Australia just doesn’t HAVE clam chowder, though I’ll admit to enjoying and eating a lot of pumpkin soup while I was there. Maybe they have chowder, at the beach, in a seafood restaurant, but I’m betting it would be a tomato-based soup.
Speaking of pumpkin, I found that my mom had made pumpkin muffins, recently, though some of them had been frozen, and were thawing out in the basket. If you noticed that they look a bit frosty in the pics, that’s why. Some of my Aussie friends were introduced to pumpkin pie and pumpkin bars, all made from the jack pumpkin (yes, the big orange one), while Aussies tend to use pumpkins that we call squash. That’s been gone over before. We’re still trying to figure out which squash is the green pumpkin that we usually eat in soup, or baked with potatoes, over there.
And today, I got up with plan to go visit Zaxby’s for lunch, to get some chicken tenders and fries, with ranch sauce. Hooray! Yes, I forgot my camera, so I had to use my phone’s camera. My brother Joe, who flies back to England on Thursday, needed to satisfy his own House of Leung cravings, though, so he grabbed his Chinese takeout and met me at Zaxby’s. I had a slight panic, on the way, thinking my tire had gone flat, but I just seem to have several low ones. For those wondering, was Zaxby’s as good as I remember? Oh, it was better!
On the way back, I stopped at Starbucks, and debated over getting a White Chocolate Mocha or a Cinnamon Dolce Latte. Since I’ve gotten the former, several times, at Gloria Jean’s, I opted for the cinnamon one. Heavenly. It did occur to me, at the last minute, that if I’d ordered the mocha, I would’ve needed to remember that I’m back to pronouncing it “moe-kuh”, instead of “mock-uh”. I remember how strange it sounded to me, originally, and now it sounds normal!
At least, on the drive to both Zaxby’s and Starbucks, I didn’t make any crazy mistakes on the road. I’ve been driving these roads here in Clemson, since I first got my license, so I didn’t even think about what I was doing or whether I was on the wrong side. But when I approached a turn, out of a parking lot, I had to do a quick review, because it would be bad, if I turned the wrong way. The change back to right-side driving should continue to go smoothly, though.
Oh, this probably won’t be the last time I talk about food on here, so just prepare yourself.
Just a reminder to my Aussie friends… I do miss a number of food items from over there, so none of this is a slam against you guys for not having good food. : ) Eat some potato wedges with sour cream and sweet chilli sauce, for me, and I’ll continue to enjoy the delights of home!