“Temptation of Bread!?”
Today’s story teller is a novelist, KikukoTsumura.
Being early 30s, she said her food preference changed since she was in 20s.
“My favorite food category is carbohydrate. I used to chant meat, meat, meat! Or Sugar, fat, sugar, fat! in my 20s, but I don’t relate to the craving now. I want carbs now. My friends at my age are the same too.”
The most attractive foods for her are bread and potato.
She can spend 30 minutes just thinking about potato, and the purpose of going to American restaurants is to eat mashed potato, but not for meat.
Eating too much carb causes health problems, so she can’t just eating mashed potato, but since mashed potato is not sold at Japanese supermarkets, it’s not so hard to run away from the temptation of mashed potato.
According to Tsumura, the problem is the temptation of bread.
In Japan, bakeries are everywhere and bread is high-calorie food.
Not only bread but the toppings like butter and jam have a lot of calories too.
“I often say, ‘I am happy with just some butter on my bread!’ but butter has much more fat than ‘just’ ” therefore; her friend and she swore that they eat bread only at special occasions.
“But one-third of the texts from my carb friend are her confessions saying ‘I broke my promises. I ate bread again’. We promised to keep distance from bread…”
“Not so long ago, when the price of wheat flour went up, I was afraid that bread would be in short supply, and I went to a all-you-can-eat bakery everyday after work and sent texts to my friend saying ‘bread is yum’ every 10 minutes. What a happy time that was.”
The NIKKEI Aug/4/2009 by Kikuko Tsumura (novelist)
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Here in Malta, bread is like our ‘side plate” like rice is to Japan, bread is to Malta ^^ but bread can make you bloated (especially our traditional bread) In fact when you got to a dietitian she/he always tells you to “cut down on the bread” but it’s VERY difficult when you’ve eaten bread with everything :/ like…toast in the morning, lunch-> a soup (with croutons or pasta), and for example a roasted chicken with mushroom sauce..I usually dip the bread in the mushroom sauce…dinner either a bread roll or soup. When I go to school I take lunch with me (sandwich) ..so well bread is evil, very evil but a staple food TT_TT http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maltese_cuisine#.C4.A6ob.C5.BC_.28Bread.29
Thank you for your comment. Cutting bread to you is like cutting rice to me. Aw, it seems really hard! But like we have brown rice, you must have healthier bread too. By the way, reading the menu you wrote made my mouth watering (^o^) Roasted Chicken and bread and mushroom soup sound so good!
🙂 np XD I love bread XD yeah! Yeah but it just doesn’t taste the same >.> I’ve tried to, but the brown bread just ruins my appetite >.> especially in summer with all the heat, it dries up so quickly! Recently I’ve shifted to eating another kind of Maltese bread though (It’s healthier XD and still tasty :D) hehe sorry! They are!! XD geez, I just love cooking (and eating 😛 ) ^_^
Well, if you love cooking, you can always devise healthy meal. I think that’s good. Thanks!