I go to the grocery store every day. Almost. In a seven day period, someone in our household steps foot inside of a grocery store at lease five times. Frequently twice in one day. We have our reasons.
- We like fresh food and fresh food doesn’t keep quite as long so like the French we tend to buy the ingredients for the meal we’re making the day of the meal based on what we’re feeling that day.
- Waleed drinks a gallon of organic whole milk every 3 days [and my regular chai habit doesn’t help in the frequent milk depletion either]
- When I do plan meals for the next few days because I’m so tired of daily driving to the grocery store, strapping in the kiddo, unstrapping him, sticking him in the cart and making sure said kiddo doesn’t reach out and topple a carefully created pyramid of pasta, I head to the store, shop for all the ingredients and then return home only to realize I forgot the gobee for the aloo gobee.
In all fairness I enjoy the grocery store. Something about it feels meditative. I love the possibilities that lie within, all the amazing food that could be made and I love seeing my son’s eyes light up when the baker hands him a cookah, the consumption of which brings him pure rapture like nothing else. The only thing is while being there is great, its not always easy especially while living in a condo where I have no garage in which to corral my little guy and must take bags of groceries up flights of stairs while making sure my son doesn’t actually dart for the squirrel playing chicken with a driver barreling down the middle of the road.
So my question to you is: How often do you grocery shop? How do you do your groceries? What logical plan of attack do you follow to make meals without having the UPS guy heading to Whole Foods to deliver your packages? What solid staple of foods do you keep around from which many meals can be made with ease minimizing trips to the store? Or— is this just the way is is? We make daal with rice once a week, a great comfort food made of ingredients that keep for seemingly years. Just trying to figure out how to perhaps increase my stock and reduce my time perusing potatoes. Any advice much appreciated!