The Final Countdown

It’s getting late, down to the wire. It’s not about the food anymore – hasn’t been for longer than you can remember. Ten. Eleven. Twelve. How many spoonfuls has it been? Don’t know, don’t care. You have to keep going. Suddenly you regret all those supermarket trips. Did you need that much ground beef? Were you really going to use that chicken? Doesn’t matter now. There’s no time for regrets and there’s no time to ponder. You have to keep eating. Two more spoonfuls and half the plate of meatloaf is gone. Only three more trays and half a chicken. You can do it. You know you can because you must. You check the clock again. A bead of sweat drops by your plate, more evidence of your foolish overcooking. You question your zealotry. You promise to change, to be better, to learn how to portion and conserve. You’d promise anything to not have to keep eating meat; everything that won’t keep or freeze for the next nine days. You’d feel guilty for having the pain of over-consumption in a world where millions starve, but you can’t. You’re too bloated to think of anything but the inevitable bowel movement this will end in and the porcelain havoc it’s sure to wreak.

And there you are. You’re consumed with that odd blend of sickness and pride that comes from finishing all the meat in your fridge before the nine days. Like sushi in a bad restaurant it creates an awkward sensation in your stomach and one that you hope you don’t have to meet again later that night.

But for now, you’re done. Your mother will be so proud.

7 Responses to “The Final Countdown”

  1. This is a new one for me.
    MOST meat and chicked dishes freeze quite nicely….
    But whatever floats your boat, I suppose.

  2. How about squash stuffed with ground beef and rice? That freeze well too?

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  3. Stuffed cabbage and stuffed peppers freeze rather well…
    Not sure why stuffed zucchini wouldn’t.

  4. So I chowed down five massive stuffed squashes for nothing!? πŸ™‚ That was a lot of meat and rice. Good to know for next year though.

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  5. frumgoth Says:

    the answer to this problem is vegetarianism! I guess I’m supposed to become a vegan during the 9 days

  6. 1. You didn’t finish all the meat in the fridge. There’s one squash left and a ziploc full of hamburger meat in there, too.

    2. I don’t know where you got the idea that you had to eat all that food — there were many options, like freezing, bringing it to my family, etc. Thanks for making me feel like a demanding jerk πŸ™‚

  7. Problem with freezing is that after the 9 days, you have all the leftovers from the last shabbos and the previous shabbos.

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