Grocery shopping in the time of Covid-19

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Sunday morning I went to Ralph’s. They are open early for us older folks. I admit to feeling like a bandit in my bandana, going into the store. I got a lot of deli items (cheeses and cold cuts for the bread I have been baking). But no toilet paper was to be found. No matter, I thought. I’ll go early Monday morning and get some.

Monday (today) rolled around and it is drizzling here. I walked the dog and then got my bandana on and went to Stater Brothers which is the closest grocery store to us. No toilet paper. Drove to Target. No toilet paper. Drove to Winco. No toilet paper. Drove across town to the other Target. No toilet paper. Went to the Foods 4 Less – no toilet paper. So much for plan A.

Okay – I have a plan B. We can always save the TP for #2 and use paper towels and/or tissues for #1 as long as we remember to throw the paper towels/tissues in the trash and take care of that regularly. That should hold us over for another couple of weeks and stretch out the last of our TP. We don’t want to clog the pipes here or anywhere else. So we will be diligent.

Also no flour in any of those stores. As if suddenly it was the week before Christmas and everyone just remembered that they promised the PTA dozens of baked goods. (I confess to wondering why everyone is focused on baking now…if they haven’t before… ) but I suppose tortillas are relatively easy to make.

So here is my recipe for flour tortillas (normally I make bread, but it always pays to have a second “go to” recipe for bready items).

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Mix and knead to a smooth dough. Let it rest a few minutes (10-15). Then cut into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece on a floured board, into @ 6 or 7 inch round. Then fry in a hot skillet for about a minute on either side.

Keep them warm, serve with your meal or make into soft tacos or roll into burritos. Easy peezy.

Hope you are enjoying your brief and masked forays into the wonderful adventure that is grocery shopping these days.

Stay well. Stay safe…and let me know how your tortillas come out.

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