I’m making some potato and onion soup, second time this week, using stock from the potatoes and bok choy I had last night for dinner. I brought some potatoes and choy to a friend’s place for dinner – she made lasange, caesar salad, a fruit crumble with ice cream.
Earl Grey tea is really bugging me. Just hearing the words, this morning when my partner and child were having breakfast, was sheer torture. I think that was actually the hardest thing I endured on Wednesday, the first full day: going without any coffee or tea.
This week as part of my welfare food challenge I’m talking to people from my community who’ve lived in poverty. The first is a woman I’ve known for a number of years: we conducted our interview over facebook.
I started my challenge today at noon, when some of us met at Buy-Low at Kingsway and 10th. After talking to fellow challengers, people living on welfare, and the organizers, and some media, I went into the grocery store to get some apples ($3.99) and a bag of oatmeal ($3).
Today after going for a swim at Hillcrest pool I cycled up to Little India to buy some groceries, figuring I should be able to find healthy, affordable food there. I bought a 2 lb bag of lentils for $4.99 and a 2 lb. bag of rice for $3.99. 3 limes at 6 for a dollar (so 50cents), a carrot for 16 cents, an eggplant for 99 cents, three potatoes for 69 cents, and a Serrano chili pepper for 4 cents.
Name: Clint Burnham Live: Mount Pleasant, Vancouver About myself: I am an English professor at SFU and a poet and writer. I have been involved in social justice and DTES advocacy work since the late 1990s, including a number of years working with the Humanities 101 program when I was at UBC (1998-2003).