Do you ever hear something on the radio or see on TV that just makes you mad? Some off-hand comment that generalizes you into a category or labels you? When things like that happen, I have a hard time forgetting about them.
So, this morning as I was fixing breakfast and listening to NPR I hear a story on Somali refugees and the difficulties they have with eating Somali food her in the U.S. (Click Here for article). This is the quote that got me:
“Unlike most Americans, Somali refugees like to cook from scratch, with fresh ingredients, making the same dishes they would eat at home.”
Which “most Americans” is she referring to? Maybe it is just me. I buy a ton of fresh fruits, veggies, and meats. I make my meals from scratch. Sure, occasionally I use shortcuts, but not often. This morning I made pancakes, flour, salt, baking powder, egg, banana, milk, and chocolate chips (doesn’t everyone eat Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes?). My cooking dinner doesn’t include opening a box or plastic bag, it usually involves chopping veggies and browning meat.
One quick sentence and I am frustrated. The more I think about it though, I might not be like “most Americans.” The middle section of most grocery stores are filled with boxes and bags and containers of all shapes and sizes to make it easier to eat. Shortcuts to cooking. Perhaps that is why America has such an obesity epidemic.
The article also talked about how the mother makes and effort to go on walks and get to the gym. How she sends her kids out to play soccer and get off the computer.
How do you feel about the cooking habits of “most Americans”?
Update: Thank you English Police aka Mom 😉