As a “consolation” for meatless and abstinence Lenten Fridays, I compensated my two-bit lunch of Healthy Choice Country Vegetable Soup and two slices of Toasted Wheat Bread with Margarine with an afternoon snack. I don’t normally do afternoon snacks at all, not even when I’m at home, however my very strong hunger pangs still got to me. I opted for a snack bag, though I seriously craved my usual Baked Crunchitos that I usually get from work, but there was none to find around the house. I thought of rushing down the groceries to buy a few snack bags but my mom would start nagging at me on how I should save more money than wasting them on snacks (even if they’re healthy and 100% organic, which isn’t something that my mom is in to, unfortunately). Right then, I had to improvise. :grin:
It was then that the afternoon started getting cold again. Though the winter season is almost ending (it ends on March 19th), there aren’t any signs that winter isn’t going away very soon. That’s when I decided that I should just chill my afternoon snacking with Green Tea Tahiti from Naja Tea with soy milk and a dash of orange blossom tea. Because this is a loose leaf tea, not in those teabag sachets, I had to brew it with a tea infuser pot (that green glass pot you see in the picture). Because it is green tea you’d want to drink it immediately about three minutes after brewing if you prefer to drink it without the strong bitterness that green tea gives if you brew it/steep it too long.
After that, I accompanied it with toasted Peanut Butter and Margarine Sandwich with a dash of orange blossom honey on to the peanut butter. In case some of you are wondering (especially to all the Filipinos living in the Philippines), the peanut butter here in the U.S. comes in creamy or chunky (with crushed peanuts) and are completely unsweetened. I’ve tasted Filipino peanut butter before and it is pretty sweet. The peanut butter here is pretty hard and non-oily, but they also have the natural, 100% organic peanut butter too, where peanut oil builds up at the top and you had to mix it before you can use it as a spread on your bread.
I wanted to add fresh fruit along with this, but we ran out of bananas, oranges aren’t suitable with tea at the moment, and our green apples are not ripe yet, so… no fruit. :sad:
Of course, what would an afternoon snack be without reading a good book? I started reading the mystery stories anthology written by renowned Japanese crime/mystery/detective writer Edogawa Ranpo, simply titled Japanese Tales of Mystery & Imagination. I started reading it early this week because I had a craving to read mystery stories and obviously reading The Pillow Book isn’t exactly a mystery story in itself. Now I’m halfway done with the Edogawa Ranpo anthology and somehow I felt so relaxed and very warm on that very cold afternoon. A cup (or mug) of tea, toasted sandwich, and a book now became an ideal afternoon snack for me. :up:
It felt so perfect for me that I decided to take a picture of it. This was at our breakfast table, just in front of the kitchen counter. The actual dining room is on the other side of the kitchen. Mom was napping upstairs while I hung out down here to warm myself up from this crazy cold weather. Now if it were raining earlier, it would be a bit warmer than the actual cloudy day. Sometimes even sunny days in the winter are a lot colder than the rainy days.
Anyway, this would probably be one of my rare times of having an afternoon snack that suited the weather and the mood. What would be your afternoon snack be if you don’t have any snack bags (ie. potato chips, crackers, etc.) and how are you going to spend it? Or rather, how often are you going to have these rare afternoon snacks at home? :cool: