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August 17, 2003

The attempt to avoid perishable foods (or at least those needing refrigeration) for the next few days is making me walk down culinary emergency paths I never thought to have to explore. Today was a historic day for me personally because I actually enjoyed several slices of toasted rye bread with ...( achtung, achtung), peanut-butter and grape jelly.
Haha, this entry should be posted somewhere in the depths of 1974, shouldn't it? The four year old me should have been the one to discover that the taste of pulverized formica is "the good stuff" when put on top of a toasted slice of bread and under the layer or otherwise pretty cheap blueish jelly...
And it should have been the same four year old me who should have been fascinated by something that sticks to my teeth and palate...
But I grew up in the southern Poland, not in the south of the United States, so when American children were having their cereal and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, I had my bread with butter and Cabanossy, or maybe Krupniok, or Leberwurst. There were days that started with Kasza, and some that had to be the most horrible ones, as they were kicked off by a bowl of milk soup. (Yuck.)
Eating meat products for breakfast was a serious luxury, of course... but don't we all like to remember the best of times?
So today was the very first time that I enjoyed Peanut-butter and Jelly on toasted Ray bread... what will happen to me next? Will I order a BLT? or even try to enjoy marshmallows? It really appears that my life is quite a serious scenic path on all levels... cheers.


i have been eating PBnJ sans the J for three meals a day for the past four days.

Posted by: em!ly on August 17, 2003 03:55 PM

Em!ly!, hope you are on this kind of diet at a choice...
(Will need to try that... do you toast the bread?)

Posted by: Witold Riedel on August 17, 2003 04:17 PM

Takuan, the perfect bowl of Kasza is, of course a bowl of buckweat, the full grain kind, prepared with butter and salt and a little piece of butter melted on top.
It really is good stuff...

Posted by: Witold Riedel on August 17, 2003 04:19 PM

wait...grape jelly?


i'd recommend a trip to peanut butter and company,
but the owner screwed his business partern (also true americana, i guess) so now
i suggest no one goes there.

Posted by: em!ly on August 17, 2003 07:27 PM

(and yes i toast the bread, but only by habbit. when i was little i couldn't seem to spread the peanut butter on without tearing the bread so i started toasting it first.

that and when i had PB&J in my lunch box, the J would seap through the bread come lunch time and this seapage seemed to be held off longer if the bread were toasted.)

Posted by: em!ly on August 17, 2003 07:30 PM

Is grape Jelly not the right substance?...
See, in Poland I used to toast the bread and then smear garlic onto it. I had fewer friends, but I was a healthy child.
: )

Posted by: Witold Riedel on August 17, 2003 07:45 PM

black current jam is delicious, too... :)
speaking of peanut butter, my brother just sent me 5 (five!) packages of erdnu▀flips from Germany. have you ever had those? mmm... I'll have to make them last. (well, with five bags...)
hope you don't have to stick to PB&J for too long...

Posted by: susan on August 18, 2003 11:51 PM

garlic, onions, i am sensing a trend here :)

Posted by: shauny on August 19, 2003 05:54 AM

The only kasza for me is served up by the oh-so
friendly ladies at the finest bar mleczny, with a
fried egg on top...

and tea too hot to drink...

Posted by: benny on August 19, 2003 04:23 PM

Bar Mleczny, Kasza z jajkiem, Benny, you are awaking some incredible memories here... right on!
(such good stuff...)
and yes, definitely hot tea... (what else?)

Posted by: Witold Riedel on August 19, 2003 06:23 PM

Yes, black tea, sugar. There would always be tea around, at home, at grandmother's... it would be just there, at all times. Sometimes hot, sometimes cold, sometimes old... (okay, maybe not old)...
I grew up in a world where coca-cola was delivered to the stores once, maybe twice a year. Tea was the drink of choice... (pretty good choice, isn't it?)

Posted by: Witold Riedel on August 19, 2003 06:38 PM
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