I think an interesting monthly feature of The AmerArab Life will be What We Ate, highlighting what items featured most often in our diet, as well as particular things that were in season during that time.*  For the month of June, our big winners were:

Fruit: Bananas—6 kilos (no surprise here; Hungry Husband doesn’t eat much else in the way of fruit).

Vegetables: Zucchini—5 kilos, Tomatoes 5.5 kilos.

Others: Hummus—1.5 kilos, Bread—24 pieces

But, the big winner (in terms of weight as well as frequency of being purchased) was: Yoghurt, with a whopping 8 kilos.

Things that came into season in June were peaches and plums, molokheyya (watch for a future post on this incredible vegetable), and, of course, tomatoes.  Big, lovely, red, fragrant tomatoes that hold on to the faintest taste of earth no matter how well they are washed.  It doesn’t get any more summery than that.

*Perhaps you wonder how I know such things…although no one would accuse me of being OCD, I do like statistics and keep track of every shopping trip on an Excel spreadsheet showing what I bought, the quantity, and the cost.  It helps me anticipate how much stuff should cost so that I have less chance of getting ripped off.  Plus, I think it’s interesting.

2 responses to “WHAT WE ATE: JUNE

  1. I would love to hear more about your spreadsheet! I keep contemplating ways to avoid getting ripped off, and I have yet to hit upon a system that really works for me. Do you enter that information each time you go to the store and then watch the trends?

    • Well, the spreadsheet is nothing fancy. I have an Excel spreadsheet for every month on which I keep track of all our expenditures, with columns for every type of expenditure (food, household items, transportation, utilities, “other”) and a row for each day where I enter the daily total for each column. The second page of the spreadsheet has three columns (well, three sets of three columns is what fits on the page): food, quantity, and cost. I enter every individual item on that page the day that I go shopping (otherwise, I forget, because I don’t usually have receipts), and though I don’t date that information I can tell from where it is on the page roughly what point in the month it was. It works fine if you’re just looking for general sorts of trends, although I’m sure there are things you could use if you wanted to do more complicated analysis. One thing that I thought would be helpful (in my situation, at least) would be to add a column of “Where” so that I knew what store, shop or cart I bought the item from, so that I wasn’t just comparing between the item itself but also the seller. But I was also afraid of making a system that was so cumbersome I didn’t use it, so I didn’t add that in. Yet.
      I also made notes on my shopping lists before I went out of what I paid for items previously if I was nervous about getting ripped off or forgetting what a reasonable price was (this was especially helpful for things I didn’t buy very often).
      But, how are you nervous about getting ripped off in America? For me the problem was that I am not a forceful bargainer and, being a foreigner, sometimes the men would try and charge me more than other people.

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