Sunday, October 18, 2009
I cook on Thursdays
Last Thursday I decided to make chili. I was having my Day Alone With God, so I spent the morning relishing my relationship with Him and was looking forward to relishing great bowl of chili as Fall has arrived in Budapest. The first order was to run by the grocery store to pick up the ingredients for this heartwarming creation. As I was prowling the aisles of the local Interspar grocery store I was happy to discover several packages of cheddar cheese. Well, I'm thinking, "Cheddar cheese was made for shredding over a fine bowl of chili, chili like I'm about to make. I wonder why Kristi never buys cheddar? Hmm, I'm buying it."
Now, if you are an astute observer, you might notice a couple of holes in my thinking there which could point out why I should not do the shopping on a regular basis. I'm not saying those things should preclude me from doing the shopping, only give one pause in assigning me that honorable task.
Well, Kristi happened to notice these two golden briquettes of flavor in the refrigerator and was helpful enough to point out that they are roughly the equivalent of gold, financially speaking. I probably would have noticed this had I really looked at the price. This also served to illuminate that pesky little itch in the back of my mind, "Why doesn't Kristi buy cheddar?"
As it turns out, I bought two 0.175kg blocks (pictured with my grinning face, wasn't I happy?). So I'm dealing with (I later figured out) 3/4 of a pound of cheddar. Not bad, but I have to admit 0.175kg doesn't seem like a whole lot of cheese to me. Thus, two.
Now, we get to the idea of pricing. Sure, the fine print says, '5890 ft/kg,' but don't even think for a minute that I read the fine print. Besides, if I had, how much is some microscopic amount (0.175kg)? I mean, that reminds me of my grade point my freshman year at tOSU and people said that was bad. Ok, enough beating around the bush here. It turns out that I paid right at $15/lb for the cheese. Part of that is that the dollar has lost over 15% of it's value in the past 6 months. That hurts every month. Another part is that I just wasn't paying close enough attention to what was important (like Kristi's example). That can hurt every day.
I didn't have the heart to each the cheddar on my chili. It's still sitting in the refrigerator, looking at me every time I open the door. My golden bricks of flavor.