Friday, August 29, 2008

Sadly, the Mac & Cheese Loaf was sold out

Conversation with my mom after a trip to the store for deli meat and other lunch goodness:

Mom: Can I give Alli some turkey and ham?

Me: Yeah, just be sure to microwave it first.

Mom: What?

Me: You know, because of lysteria. Kills babies instantly. If you nuke it for like 10 seconds, it saves their life.

Mom: You're so damn dramatic. She'll be fine if you just ...

Me: IT'LL SAVE HER LIFE.

Mom: Fine, fine.

(While all of us are sitting down to eat, Mom notices the bowl of grapes I put on the table.)

Mom: Can I cut up a grape for her?

Me: Yeah, I just peel them first.

Mom: ...

Me: (Meticulously peeling the skin off with my fingernails) You know, because all of the pesticides remain on the skin.

Mom: OH MY GOD, HOW DID YOU EVER SURVIVE INTO ADULTHOOD? I mean, I NEVER hand-peeled your grapes!

Me: So THAT'S what's wrong with me. I always knew it was your fault.

13 comments:

chelsea said...

I've heard about the lunch meats and possible lysteria thing. You're also not supposed to have it during pregnancy. Who would buy the mac and cheese load?!

Jennifer Suarez said...

I too recall lysteria being a problem, but only during pregnancy, not after the baby is born. That's a new one to me and I'm a mother of 2.

It's insane all the silly rules. Why not put our children into bubbles? Did you wash your hands really well before peeling that grape? Because I'm willing to bet the germs under a human fingernail are worse than any pesticides left over on a washed piece of fruit.

Anonymous said...

Gotta go with your Mom on that one Kelly...peeling the grapes?

Wendy said...

This was great! And, Jennifer Suarez's comment made me laugh even harder....she has a good point.

Erin said...

Normally I would say she's over reacting, but recently we've had an outbreak with Lysteria here in Toronto. 8 people have died in the last month or so of it.

http://www.cp24.com/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20080826/080826_outbreak_hub/20080826/?hub=CP24Home

Anonymous said...

I have got to enter the fray !! We in Canada eat Mac & Cheese loaf all the time!!! It's good if you like it and yucky if you don't like everything else. I like it, it's good, I eat it. Except if it's made by Maple Leaf foods.

darcy c

plainsman, the said...

Well, the junk that is on and in foods is not the same relatively benign stuff (except for DDT) that they used to put on foods when we were kids, so if all was the same as 20, 30, 40 years ago, I'd agree, "why all the fuss?" But it is not the same today, so nuking the turkey and peeling the grapes is a very good idea.

So the Mac & Cheese loaf is from Canada, eh?

Anonymous said...

Did you wash your hands and scrub under your nails to the yankee doodle song? That's the minimum length of time (as taught by MISS Terry in nursing school) that you can wash your hands to get MOST of the germs off. Poor Alli. I'll bet she grows up in spite of the lackadaisical hand washing habits of her grape peeler.
-wissh

Kristin said...

haha.
I'd probably do the same thing.
I try to force my mom to buy organic fruits and vegetables whenever I can =P

-KrIsTiN-

LeslieAnn said...

I'm still skeptical about the grape peeling because you're touching the peel with your fingers than touching the peeled grape with those same fingers so any pesticides or germs that may be on the un-pealed grape will transfer over during the process...

Melissa said...

About the pesticides. I've known Koreans to soak their fruits in a solution of mostly water and wee bit of vinegar to remove the pesticides. You would think this would make your strawberries taste like vinegar, but it doesn't.

Ray said...

HAHAHA! So interesting to read the differences between you and your mother. And I never knew that about turkey and ham. Now you just scared me. I'll never give a baby turkey or ham EVER! LOL! =)

novelle360 said...

Jennifer,

Good point!