My guilty secret…

Few days ago, I decided to get a jumpstart on shopping, and purchase meat before prices are jacked up for Ramadan.  It seems like lots of Egyptian housewives had the same thought, cause there were lots of people at the butcher, buying lots of meat.  And they had raised the prices already.  Oh well. 

After getting the meat, I stopped into Metro for some fresh ginger, and you can only find fresh ginger at a few grocery chains in Cairo.  On the way to the check out, what did I see, but TWIZZLERS! 

twizzlers

I LOVE twizzlers!  I haven’t had any in about two years.  So never mind the price of about 13 Le, I bought a bag, and plus two chocolate bars.  So that’s about 20 LE’s just to satisfy my cravings.  Just to put it in perspective, I can buy fruit or veggies for a whole week for 20 LE’s.  Or a whole chicken.  Or pay the gas bill for three of four months.  Food is generally very affordable (except meat), as long as you stick to what is locally produced.  I don’t usually splurge on imported sweets/snacks.  I mean, who has 50LE’s ($10) to pay for a bag of Tostito nachos?  Or 45LE’s for chocolate chip cookies.  But alhamdulillah for the ability to have a lil taste once in a while.   

Maintaining Good Health

Arggghhh!  I don’t know what it is, but our family keeps coming down with these stomach illnesses.  I’m just getting over weeklong nausea/diarrhea, and ds had bout of vomiting the other day. 

NO MORE OUTSIDE FOOD (I really mean it this time)!!!  It’s not like we’re addicted to eating out.  It’s really occasional, like when I’m too tired to cook.  I usually cook 6-7 days out of the week.  Anyway, if you do order out, avoid salads and sauces!  They are some main culprits of food-borne illnesses.  The salads don’t get washed enough, and the sauces sit out too long.  Grilled, fried, or broiled meat is likely to be ok, just because it’s been cooked at high temps. 

I’m also going to get more serious about washing fruits and veggies.  I already do a thorough job, but now I’m going to wash the cukes BEFORE I cut them.  I may even soak some of the stuff in vinegar to disinfect it. 

I don’t want to go overboard, but it’s very frustrating, frightening even to have something making you ill, and you don’t know what it is.  I don’t have any desire to go to the doctor, cause they don’t know either.  LOL, I remember how one brother described a visit.  Shorter than the time it takes to recite Surah Al-Kauthar. 

It kind of makes you paranoid and you start looking at everything to see if it makes you sick.  Like the bottled water.  I swear it tastes weird lately.   Sigh….

UPDATE:

Dh and dd both agree the Nestle taste’s strange lately.  I wonder what’s going on with that?  Lately it’s also hard to find, most stores are out. 

I spoke with a sister and she said that lot of other people here have complained of recurring  stomach illness.  She said she’s wondered about pesticides!?!