Sure, we'd all like to say we create magnificent culinary tours-de-force every night, and try a new cookbook every week; we'd love to say we've sampled all the weirdo produce at Whole Foods, and that we never, never eat out of the saucepan standing over the sink in our underwear.
But let's face it: the average home cook has a repertoire of perhaps seven dinners. If you do the vegan equivalent of meat-and-two-vegs you can come up with a lot of combinations, but that gets really boring really quickly. So do beans and rice--even if you like rice, which I don't especially (except for appropriately spiced basmati like they serve at the Clay Pit). The culinary possibilities in veganism are endless, but most people are creatures of habit. We tend to have the same basic shopping list week after week unless we're cookbook testers.
For a typical shopping trip my list looks something like this. (Note that the spiral's on the right--I'm left-handed. This of course means I'm superior, just FYI.)
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- Honeycrisp is the awesomest apple.
- Toadfood = tofu
- EB = Earth Balance fakey butter
- Yes, "red" is a flavor. In Crystal Light at least. It's basically food coloring and chemicals, so who cares if it's "cherry" or "raspberry?"
- Observe my egregious abuse of the umlaut.
- "Fruity Oaty Bar" is code for "some form of breakfasty granola bar thing." Firefly fans will get it. Everyone else...what the hell is wrong with you?
- If I am bleeding when I write a grocery list there are at least five chocolate items, a can of Bean Dip, and a bag of Fritos added.
- Shit, I forgot hummus.
And yes, that's actually how I write things. It's a family tradition to deliberately misspell items for the hell of it. My mother knows perfectly well how to spell "sausage" but she's written "sauges" since I laughed myself hoarse over it twenty years ago. We're just odd like that.
Although I do admit to being influenced by sites like GroceryLists.org, where found grocery lists are shared with the world--sometimes I insert something random in my lists, like "XXL Condoms," or "Tractor Tires" just in case someone should find it somewhere.Grocery stores in Texas can sell beer and wine but not hard liquor. If they could I imagine "vodka" would show up on my list a lot more.
What does your grocery list look like?