The day of the impossible — and pointless — lunch

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Today’s lunch was nearly impossible to pack.

Not for lack of inspiration, but for lack of food. Because after two days without power, I needed to throw away pretty much everything in the refrigerator.

Not complaining, though. While I hate throwing away food, our experience with the hurricane was mild. Beyond the loss of food, my greatest hardship was finding a way to brew the pot-and-a-half of coffee I drink per day (I found a mini French press in the pantry).

Dinner last night was plucked from the depths of the freezer (which held its temperature). I found a bag of frozen meatballs from Trader Joe’s. Combined with a can of tomato sauce, some seasonings and a bun, it was good enough.

And the leftovers were good enough for Parker’s lunch today, too.

But that’s where the pointless part comes in. It being Halloween and all, Parker’s class was having a party at school. Which meant he’d spend the better part of the day sugaring it up… So that I can pick him up after school and take him out to collect yet more sugar.

So I wasn’t really certain why I even bothered to pack a lunch.

“If this fruit doesn’t get eaten, no candy tonight,” I warned him.

We’ll see how well that works…

Meanwhile, my contribution to Parker’s school party sugar rush was meringue ghosts. Powdered egg whites and sugar. Hurricane-proof treats!

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2 Responses to “The day of the impossible — and pointless — lunch”

  1. Cynthia M. says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about the effects of Sandy on your home, as well as the homes and families of such a large portion of our country. I want you to know how much I enjoy reading your blog everyday, as I too have a first grader and struggle with lunch. I am also a chef of over 25 years, so it’s even more of a blow to my ego that my daughter won’t eat what I make. I’m working toward the veggie bootcamp you implemented this past summer. I’ll keep you posted.

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Thanks! Luckily, all we had to deal with was lack of power. A shame to throw away so much food, but easy compared to what so many people are dealing with. And I hear you regarding the kids… Last night I roasted salmon and suddenly, “No! I hate salmon.” This from the kid who called me on a business trip to tell me how he’d tried salmon and LOVED it. Whatever!