Tuesday, January 22, 2008

I Think This Counts as a Craving

People have asked me before whether I've had any cravings. Up to this point, I've just shrugged my shoulders. I mean, I've wanted to eat certain foods at certain times, but I don't know that it was ever a strong enough urge to consider it a Pregnancy Craving.

It's true that Keith and I went to the grocery store once and bought pickles and ice cream. But they were BOTH for him. I swear! I enjoy pickles and ice cream, but I haven't had a need for either one of them that is so fierce as to overcome my complete lack of interest in ever leaving our house.

My sister Erin suggested that a craving would be when you NEED the food even after a certain amount of time passes. Say, it's been 15 minutes and you still can taste that food in your mouth. She thinks that would be a craving.

The subject of cravings came up last night when we were on the phone, and there was a commercial for cream cheese. People were eating smoothly spread mounds of cream cheese on lightly toasted, plain bagels. Immediately upon seeing the commercial, I wanted one. I think my mouth might actually have started watering. I interrupted our conversation to tell my sister just how badly I wanted a bagel with cream cheese at that moment.

I think it's also important to note that we don't typically stock bagels or cream cheese at our house. I can't remember the last time I've had a bagel with cream cheese. It's been a while, and it's a treat that, while tasty, I don't typically feel bereft without.

But last night, it was all I could think about. For a few minutes, anyway. Then Keith served his delicious pulled pork barbecue that had been roasting all day long, and I forgot about the bagel and cream cheese.

Until this morning. When I read the word "bagel" on a blog and it all came flooding back to me. I could feel the crunch of the bagel, and taste the sweet, cool cream cheese. I now want the bagel and cream cheese more than ever. I'm finding it a bit hard to concentrate, especially as I expound on how delicious such a culinary treat would be.

So I think this counts as a craving. Even if I forgot about it temporarily, it was still waiting to pounce on me again this morning. This evening, I WILL have a bagel and cream cheese, and I hope it's as fantastic as I'm imagining it.


cat said...

I agree with Erin. I don't keep junk food in my house, and I know it's definitely a craving if I go out to buy it.
Also, I've bought ice cream and pickles together too. And I'm not pregnant!

M. Lubbers said...

Good thing you made sure to clarify that you're NOT pregnant!;)

I did buy bagels and cream cheese yesterday, and they exceeded my wildest dreams. Even though I also have homemade chocolate chip cookies at home, and am getting pizza at lunch, the bagel w/ cream cheese is all I can think about. So how long until the craving goes away?!?

Amy said...

I'm way ahead of you on this:

I was at the Brugger's across the street from the old office last week, and since I got there just before closing time, the cashier said I could take all of the day-old bagels that were bagged up in the basket in front of the counter. ( I was already buying a bagel sandwich, a bag of day-old cinnamon raisin bagels, and a tub of honey-walnut cream cheese.)

Since I am a one-person household, I limited myself to a bag of assorted square ones, thinking that I would grab some lunchmeat & cheese on the way home and make my own bagel sandwiches for the next week. I did, and also snagged tubs of veggie cream cheese and strawberry cream cheese.

So, the majority of my meals at home recently have been bagel-and-cream-cheese based. Yum! Although the meatloaf sandwich at Claddagh's last night was a nice change.

Speaking of Claddagh's: We came in second!! Full recap to come . . . I'm sure you're dying to know the details. For now, just ask yourself if you know the difference between the Velvet Underground and the Digital Underground. That is all . . .

M. Lubbers said...

Mmmmm, Bruegger's. If I continue to be so bagel-obsessed, I think I will have to start buying older bagels there at discount price. Good idea!