Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Regime Shopping!

Where's the Beef ?


I just returned from a trip to try and get groceries. It was actually a pretty successful trip. The big BONANZA of the day was that we found mayonnaise. And not just any mayonnaise, but real KRAFT mayonnaise!!! There was a limit on the amount you could buy, of course.

The disappointments were, no cooking oil, margarine or butter. Still no white sugar or beans. And as usual,no chicken or beef.

Here is a peek into the butcher's department at one store.

Smoked Bones!




Pig's feet!




Turkey necks!


Or, Nothing at All!!
(Very Low Calorie!! Good for the Diet!)

Now...anyone have any recipes to recommend?

41 comments:

WomanHonorThyself said...

LOL..low cal is right!..fun shopping spree..wheres the cheesecake?..ha

Kitty said...

Shopping there would definitely help my diet!!!

By the way, we are wearing almost exactly the same outfit today!! Same denim skirt, and same exact top, except mine is more pink, less coral. Very cute :-)

Amanda's got Baby Bangs said...

Wow. That is really depressing. Smoked bones?

Elízabeth said...

Wow Rita! things are worse in your city..

Last sunday I went to Central Madeirense and found black beans, I bought a couple of packages. But people from the barrio were buying 4 of them!

Those meat 'products' used to be almost garbage in any venezuelan diet. I remember when my father brought turkey necks home.. they were for the dogs!

Liz

Jungle Mom said...

Liz, I guess it pays to live in the capital.

Elízabeth said...

Bueno.. no creas..
además tenía mas de 6 meses sin ver las caraotas! tal vez es que empezarán a aparecer

L

Just Theresa said...

I feel for you, my heart goes out to you, it really does. You could always make soup of some kind?? :)

Bob said...

We Americans take a lot for granted. (He says, as he takes another spoonful of granola).

Mishel said...

You are *too* funny Rita!! You are amazing! What a blessing that in the midst of difficult circumstances, you can still laugh.

Still praying for ya'!! ((Hugs))

Julia_1984 said...

Jungle mom, I just published my thoughts and stories on the recent events, would like to know your opinion

Joe Gringo said...

take them ham hocks, cook 'em with pinto beans, throw in a little chopped onion and garlic, salt to taste, and you're set!

Stay strong down there!

Dawn said...

We are so spoiled with 20 versions of toothpaste - and that's just Crest! Not to mention cereals, coffees, sodas, potato chips, meat, veggies, fruits, - all too expensive, but ALL THERE! No wonder we're all overweight!

Jackie said...

Yummy...don't some people just love pickled pigs feet?

Julie's Jewels said...

All I can say is EEEEWWWW!! Turkey necks??? Pigs feet??? Smoked bones??? What a weight loss plan Sis!! Good luck with all that. I can't imagine going to the story and not seeing any pork, beef or chicken to purchase. We truly are spoiled here in the US.

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

ohh, give me the smoked bones anytime.lol I don't think I could force pig's feet down or turkey necks for that matter. I could probably make some good soup out of the turkey necks. I don't know what I would do without sugar and beans. I do wonder what kind of bones they smoked though. connie from Texas

jennifer said...

I truly think Americans have no idea of how very fortunate we are.

I think of the chips aisle...hmm it goes on forever.

And you are showing the meat options of pigs feet, and turkey necks?
When I was a kid we cooked up the turkey neck for the dogs on Thanksgiving. I am speechless.

Sire said...

Argh...With this offer, I'd even consider becoming temporary vegetarian!

So how can the government still negate theses shortages?? Chevenomics don't work, this is just another example of it...

Kimberly said...

What, may I ask, do you eat?

Momma Roar said...

That would definately help my diet too!

Jenny said...

lol, my husband was a missionary kid. When they were living in Nigeria, they once went through a period where flour was outlawed.

daniel said...

I love the smoked Bones caption..lol!

Daniel

RealEstateGirl said...

oh my! Those pictures were grossing me out!

I don't know how long I could survive without butter!!!

Abouna said...

The only thing I can come up with with that wonderful selection of "Meat", is a very tasty broth. If you can find any vegetables, you can throw them in and make soup. After you have boiled the heck out of the pigs feet and the turkey necks, you can pull off the meat and if you have a slice or two of bread, you cal slap some of that mayo on them and add the meat, voila, you got a sandwich to go with your broth or soup.

That should be a tasty Chavez dietary meal.

Pam said...

Maybe I could lose weight if I moved to Venezuela!! It's pitiful really. When I go into our stores here, there are too many choices. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed, but oh so blessed. I never want to forget how blessed my beloved country is. Oh that we would all strive to keep God's blessings on us by obedience to Him and His Word and by voting the correct people into office.

Pam said...

oh BTW: I CAN tell! Whoo-hooo!

Heather said...

oh my... now about NO cal?!? This isn't good... smoked bones... I buy those for my...dog.... yikes! that's depressing.. I'm glad you're coming home Rita! Good to see you're keeping a sense of humour about this tho!

marallyn ben moshe said...

oy...here is how i make turkey necks...cut up an onion and put in pot with the necks...add water...cook till necks are soft...chop up a big cabbage and put in...add loads of grated tomatoes or a can of crushed tomatoes if you have them...some tomato paste...condiments...great over rice or plain...smoked bones???...oy...stay safe

Stephen Renico said...

Good Lord, Chavez is making Venezuela look more like Cuba every day.

PortraitofPeter said...

What no 'white sugar'???

I would move!! must have sugar for my cereal!!

Rancher said...

I remember seeing a great recipe for stone soup on the old Capt. Kangaroo show. (How well does that tidbit age me?) No frijoles? We couldn't survive without in New Mexico.

Caraqueña said...

Things are definitely worse in Bqsmto. I almost always find *some* meat, never missed mayo yet, and rarely eggs. My parents get me other things we can't find here, like right now, oil...Sorry, amiga, pronto...lots and lots of choices!!!!

Caraqueña said...

My friend found white sugar in Chichiriviche...go figure!

Gayle said...

Using the ham hocks for flavor you can make some pretty good split-pea soup. I can't think of anything else, and I can't even stand to look at Turkey necks... yuck!

I know you'll be glad to get back home. :)

Pat said...

Guess he could always package rat!!
Some poetic justice in a BIG RAT packaging rat.....hmmm...

We are praying for you and the family....may God send some abundance your way!!

Love and hugs!!

Daughter of the King said...

I will try...I mean really try not to complain about what I can't find in our local stores...we are spoiled over here...
Shame on me...and us...

Sarah Joy said...

Let's see, I know a recipe using patas, but it includes tripe-it's menudo!
Oh yeah, you can't get tripe.

And you think it's worse than worms and grubs. Sorry, I'm no help!

Seriously though, do you have access to veggies? I have gotten the cheap bones they sell down here for cheapo and made vegetable and stock soup with barley or rice when we were pinching pennies, and it's quite good. Crock pot (If you have one, I've also put things on a very low boil on the stove.) those bones with water on low for at least a day, longer is better, three days is best-you get really rich broth and its VERY good for you. Chicken or turkey stock is wonderful for stress-for real!

MK said...

Hope you don't mind but i think i'll do a small post on this linking to your post, to spread the word to our readers about life in Socialist Utopias like Venezuela.

luvvom said...

Has it always been this grim or is it just recently?

Happymama said...

LOL, sorry, no recipes for nothing.

How is the mail system. Do they go through your packages? I know that when we shipped some things to Africa one time, they opened the box and took things out before handing it over to the missionary we were sending it to.

~Kristi

Rebecca said...

The smoked bones sound better than the pigs feet. Sure wish there was something I could do for you. I love how you keep a good attitude!

Glenn Bartley said...

Socialism and Chavez at their finest!

All the best,
Glenn B