Food and the World – Photo Essay from Norway – Without nourishment we cannot survive, neither in body nor in mind – by Cassie Mahlberg. The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy, at NorthStarReports.org and facebook.com/NorthStarReports
As I have explained in previous articles, food has granted me the ability to form many connections on vacation and in my home abroad. But life is complicated and not all meals are shared with others. Someone mentioned in a comment on one of my articles that they admire that I take the time to cook and create these bonds through food. How can we afford not to? I realize the inconvenience of cooking actual meals that are in some way fulfilling, but the amount of money you save by cooking at home is unreal. So I sacrifice some time, but it really makes me feel better to know that I am in charge of what I cook and eat. Where does this time come from though?
I am not working while I am here except at an internship (where I get free food) once a week, but I do go to university 3 days per week, 2 of which last from about 10am until 7pm. Obviously I have homework to do, and I want to be social, so how do I make time to cook? Cooking is a nice time to relax because you know that you absolutely have to eat and when you can’t afford to eat out, you have to make your own food. There’s no voice that can say “You don’t deserve to cook, you should be doing something more productive,” because your body is useless without sustenance. My cooking time probably cuts into my Netflix or social media time to tell the truth, but I’m that much healthier for it. When I was most stressed at home, I would typically eat fast food a lot because it was easiest, but here I get to make it a point to cook for myself, slow myself down, and take care of my needs. I recommend everyone try for one week to prepare all of their own meals because it is easier than it seems and it is fun. But when I really don’t have a moment to spare, I can always grab the reliable ol’ frozen pizza to pop in the oven while I do other things and there is nothing wrong with that either. Thanks for all of the support!
1. Breakfast potatoes with bell peppers and onions, eggs with mushrooms and onions
2. “California” cheeseburger with homemade french fries
3. Lunch meat sandwiches for lunch
4. Mushroom, onion, and Jarlsberg (closest cheese to our Swiss) cheeseburger with homemade sweet potato fries
5. Syrian style “meatloaf” burger, rice, and green beans
6. Corn-flake crusted chicken and green beans
7. Chicken fried rice
8. Vanilla ice cream with fresh strawberries and hard shell chocolate
9. Cinnamon sugar tortilla chips with apple pie dip
10. Frozen pizza (mushrooms added) and paper writing
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