So I went and bought a boatload of groceries for the coming festivities, and I’m still going to have to make another trip for other stuff. I’m trying to plan out what to make for every day, but it’s a little difficult as I can’t fall back on my old standbys when my parents are around. For example, my father does not eat sandwiches, pizza, or pasta, with the following exceptions:
- Onion sandwiches are okay. Yes, that would be two pieces of bread with real butter, no margarine, with a slice of red onion. Oh, and the butter needs to be at room temperature so that it spreads evenly and preferably not microwaved. This rule for butter also applies to toast.
- Pasta is okay if it is angelhair (he may eat some other type, but besides ramen or asian type noodles, I am not aware of it.) Of course, tomato sauce is forbidden, so he typically likes angelhair pasta with anchovy butter. That is where you cook anchovies in butter until they dissolve.
- Pizza is okay if it comprises of crust with olive oil, with onions and anchovies on top. Of course, tomatoes are also forbidden, as is cheese.
This is why my family ate a lot of ethnic food growing up. Here are other things my father does not eat: anything with tomatoes (even curries), anything with melted cheese, hamburgers, hotdogs, mexican, italian, beef (unless it’s filet mignon, and then well done). It makes menu planning a little difficult.