Friday, April 24, 2009

42 disgusting grams


Having last worked from a study in the rear of my house, the lunch run consisted of about twenty paces to the kitchen, where more often than not I joined the Authoress and our brood for soup and a sandwich, or cheese, fruit and bread, or whatever.

Nowadays, I work out of church office in midtown Manhattan. This helps with meetings immensely, as we are twenty paces or so from thousands of people working nearby, some dozens of whom come along to our Bible studies during the week.

However, it's been years since the high-rise office building has been my experience, with the attendant time and economic pressures on lunch. Do I buy a sandwich for eight bucks, or bring one from home that is mushy by midday? A friend here recommended a protein shake as a way to get the stuff the body needs while having a cost of only a couple bucks per shake.

I was game because it was chocolate flavored. But it turns out having as many grams of protein as a steak in a milkshake is about as pleasant as, well, drinking a steak milkshake. So I'm glad some people like these things, but I'll try some other way.

So I feel a bit French today as I disdain the notion of a quick meal in favor of sitting down to enjoy the goodness of creation in culinary form.

There is every indication in the New Testament that such things will be banished from the heavenly banquet...

8 comments:

Ran Barton said...

I've always conceived of heaven involving a fair dose of tenderloin and red wine, so please don't disabuse me of that notion.

Clifford Swartz said...

Exactly! I meant no protein meal-substitute shakes in glory.

After all, the wedding at Cana saw Jesus makes gallons of fine wine, and he frequently compared being in God's kingdom to a wedding feast.

Ran Barton said...

What a relief!

Happy Friday, E.C. Enjoy this beautiful weekend.

Anne said...

Chocolate rice protein powder, frozen blueberries, fresh spinach, ground flax meal, powdered yeast, and soy milk. More protein than steak and yummy! I think I'll go make myself one now for dinner.

Clifford Swartz said...

Gag me with a Power Bar!

Clifford Swartz said...

That reminds me, I have a Agave nectar cookbook to give you.

(That is addressed to you, Anne, not any other gentle reader).

Clifford Swartz said...

an Agave nectar cookbook.

SeaPea said...

i spied 21 club at the back of the church office building - they have a pretty good & reliable $24 prix-fixe during the week!

usually try to bring lunch (but today i completely forgot, even though it's been thawing in my refrigerator). i am against all types of sandwiches so i never have to worry about soggy sandwiches. i recommend: a canned olive-oil based sardines with some WASA crackers. it's so good! don't do soup...it's literally a waste of your stomach space.