Vaccinate by BMI!

Indian Sweets!
Part of my pandemic shopping program to support local businesses! ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ท

I had my first vaccine shot a couple of weeks ago! Woohoo!

And now that I’m done, I can bring up something that was bothering me … why were we not vaccinating by BMI?

I kept hearing that obese people were among the most susceptible to bad outcomes, but nobody was pushing for fat people to get to the head of the vaccination line? Look, I’m not saying that other groups are not important. Health workers, front line workers, the sick, the elderly, & a host of others deserve priority. Some because they are putting themselves, & their families, in harm’s way. Others because they were more likely to die. The obese fell into this latter category. But nobody was pushing for us. Of course, I wasn’t even pushing for that myself then either!

Shouting about it before I got my shot would have felt a bit self-serving. Now I can shout out on behalf of other fat folk, who should be considered a priority. Where were all the non-fat people that should have come out on our behalf sooner? Were they afraid of fat-shaming us? Guys, for future reference, feel free to fat-shame me any time you’re trying to save my life!

Or do they still think it’s our fault we’re fat?

Though, to be fair, I’m beginning to wonder about that myself. I’ve lost all dietary control during the pandemic. It’s funny that. On other fronts, I’ve gotten things done that have defied getting a checkmark on any of my to-do lists for years. But, somehow, I’ve lost my vision for weight-loss & I think I may have hit an all time high. That’s sad.

I just realised a few days ago that I hadn’t posted for ages. Maybe I’m waking up again. Fingers crossed!

Mask up, get your shot, & shop on! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜ท

Stay safe out there!

DIY Fast Food

DIY Murg Tikka Masala

It’s probably not helping my diet, but I am trying to help my local businesses, by getting takeout. Or maybe I’m just putting that virtuous spin on it by way of excusing the bad behaviour! ๐Ÿ˜œ

Every now & then though, I just don’t feel like another takeout meal. I feel like something home cooked. But I don’t feel like cooking it.

DIY homemade fast-food is the answer.

Between cans, jars, & leftovers, you can sometimes be serving dinner faster than you can find the car keys. Or call out for delivery. Over the course of the pandemic, I’ve noticed an increase in the pantry inventory of canned foods & sauces in jars. It was never a plan, it just evolved that way.

Take that Murg Tikka Masala, for example. It’s a quick concoction of some leftover chicken, frozen peas, a can of mushrooms, & some chopped onion & garlic. With a jar of tikka masala sauce thrown in at the end. A few sprigs of cilantro & a splash (okay, it was a cup or two!) of cream finished it off & it made for a mouth-watering, gustatory delight. Even the rice was that quick-cook type. Bring it to the boil, turn off the stove, & it’s ready to serve when everything else is done. The whole meal had little to no prep time, & very short cooking time. It’s all just too easy. These pandemic skills will be carried forward to when this whole covid thing is, hopefully, just a bad memory for us. Buy some cans & give it a try. And if you already have, send me your fast recipes!

I think that Murg Tikka Masala just means Chicken Pieces in Mixed spices, right? Convert any food name to Hindi & it sounds way more delicious & exotic to my western anglophone ears. I wonder if that works with Irish!?!

Fancy a plate of my special Pรญosaรญ Sicรญn Spรญosrach? No? Maybe I’ll just stick to coddle & boxty for the Irish stuff then! ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚

PS … Make sure you make enough for more leftovers next day. That’s even faster fast food! Stay safe out there.

Be Selfish … Shop Local!

Do you know how to shop your local businesses online?

We’re close to Christmas, in the middle of the pandemic, & it’s Black Friday shopping season. I had already bought all I could think of buying at my local stores so now, it’s time for a little online shopping. Woohoo!

I can’t deny it, I’m a fan of the big e-commerce sites. And I’m sure I’ll do some shopping with them too. However, do you see newly shuttered shops & “For Lease” signs in the local malls these days? Some lights are out & might not be coming back on. Those are our neighbours.

We can shop local for totally selfish reasons too. We’ll all want more choices in the post-pandemic world. If we don’t keep them in business, those choices disappear. Small business people are paying taxes too. And they buy other products that eventually circle back around to keeping those of us still in a job, in a job! So go ahead … be selfish & shop local! ๐Ÿ˜œ

These days, many small business owners are trying to build an online presence. I’ve seen some interviewed on TV & most were able to get up & running, pretty quickly, with Shopify’s platform. That helps them get cheap shipping rates too. All necessary in the modern competitive landscape.

I assumed part of the benefit of using the Shopify platform is the sheer scale & size of that company. As a consumer, I figured it would be an easy online search to find all the local shops who were using Shopify.
Not so. I couldn’t find Shopify businesses & I couldn’t even find out how to find local Shopify sites to buy from. I was mystified. Small business owners need the benefits of Shopify’s size & power of aggregation. But where was that advantage? Surely there was a way to find which local businesses were offering their products through Shopify?

I went directly to Shopify’s site looking for the answer, but it wasn’t jumping off the page there either. I clicked on a support chat button. I’m not sure it was a support button for this kind of question but I got help from a great support person. (Thanks, Alycia!)

Of course, privacy rights prevent them from sharing who is using their platform (duh!) but, as it turns out, there’s an app for that! ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ˜
I’m not kidding, there is an app called “Shop”, by Shopify, that does connect us to local businesses, & more. I downloaded it & had a quick look to see if it could hone in on local businesses & yes, it can.
You can even … wait for it … SHOP with it! ๐Ÿ˜‚

I haven’t done any shopping yet, so this isn’t a review of the functionality of the app. I’m just sharing it, in case you might want to try it out, & support your local businesses too.
Or does everyone already know about this? And it’s just me that was in the dark!?!

I’m not in any way connected with Shopify, by the way, just sharing what I found out.

And did you know there are selfish reasons to add food to the food bank boxes at the supermarket exits too? I put a couple of bucks worth of non-perishable food in there & I felt like a million bucks. Where else can you get that kind of return!?! ๐Ÿ˜œ

Take care out there all.

Shopify & Shop are registered Trade Marks of Shopify Inc.

Foreign Music Diet?

The influence of music!

Restricted living still has me eating poorly. Up until this evening! Chatting online this afternoon & the conversation swung around to music. That started the inevitable track swapping thing that the digital universe has made so much easier. I’m a Latin music nut, so most of my shares were of that genre. Afterwards, I couldn’t take the headphones off. I wandered through my playlists, listening to Spanish, French & Italian tracks. Somehow, later on, I found myself on the porch with the food, & the drink, in the pic!

Be assured, this has not been my usual pandemic platter! I’m out here an hour already, headphones still on, & I’m nibbling away, still not finished. Normally I’d have put that amount of food away before my dinner. Instead, this evening, I’m actually enjoying the slower pace. The simpler selection of fare. And I’m dancing in my seat to boot! Of less value, of course, are the three cigarettes I’ve consumed during the meal.

Does it all mean anything?

Probably not. But I am enjoying it. And that might be enough. In fact, now, the silken sounds of Carlos’s guitar are calling me to stand up & dance in a bubble small enough that the neighbours won’t notice! OMG, I hope I wasn’t singing out loud! ๐Ÿ˜œ

Bon appรฉtit ร  tous!

Results … Month #26

Unbelievable! ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜

I was on vacation last week, local driving only allowed without quarantine, & I really enjoyed myself. That’s fat-person code for “I stuffed my face the whole time”! In my defense we were in Cape Breton & it’s tough not to have seafood. At least twice a day. The seafood wasn’t the issue, of course, but the stuff that accompanied it might have been a problem. Especially the desserts! ๐Ÿ˜œ

If you ever get the chance, when this whole pandemic is behind us, seize any opportunity you can to visit the island wonderland that is Cape Breton.

Nature’s beauty & bounty, with Acadian & Scots Gaelic flavours!

But enough of that, let’s get back to this month’s weigh in. I had no warning that the battery was on the way out. But I’ll admit that I was overjoyed to see, instead of a big number, a big “LO” on the scale this morning. Fortunately, I didn’t have a spare battery available so I’m starting off this month thinking that my weight is low & that I don’t need to worry about it! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Okay, I know I’m being silly. But let me take a little pleasure from it. Just for a bit.

Hope all is well in your little corner of the world & that you’re getting through all the complications & limitations of living with the pandemic. I’ve adjusted to many of the restrictions pretty well, but I’m definitely struggling on the dietary front. Maybe this month I’ll find the key to losing weight, while enduring this new normal.

Have a great September & stay safe out there.