Restaurants are having a tough time in this age of stay-at-home. So, to help with overhead a lot of restaurants are doubling up on their services by providing not only take-out prepared food but “groceries” for their customers as well. A sort of neighborhood larder where you can get restaurant-quality ingredients for your at-home quarantined kitchen. That’s how I ended up with a nice piece of fresh fish for these Salmon-Romesco Sandwiches.
I’ll admit for the first month of this thing I felt that safer at home meant it was safer to cook at home too. Every day. Every single meal. In other words – no take-out and no delivery.
Intellectually I understand that restaurants need my business and I certainly hope that take-out food will mean that many of my neighborhood favorites will be able to come out on the other side of these closures with healthy businesses.
Still, I have a nearing 90, extremely frail member of my household. Caution seems the best path forward and that’s the path we’ve tried to follow.
So for the last however many weeks, I’ve prioritized safety over any sort of convenience.
Until one day I woke up and just felt differently about the situation. Because the thing is as a caregiver it’s so easy (too easy) to set your own needs aside for the person you are caring for.
My Caregiver Tribe
Roughly 40 million Americans were providing unpaid eldercare before the coronavirus pandemic. The number could be higher now. I’ve decided there’s no need to go through it alone. I’ve found some solace and some focus from a Facebook group that’s populated by a tribe of folks in a similar situation as me. Reading their posts and feeling our commonality has helped me think differently about take-out (amongst other things).
You won’t see me screaming in a police officer’s face or declaring my rights to be more important than your health. I’ll still wear a mask (and sometimes gloves). However, I finally got brave enough to purchase the salmon for these sandwiches (along with the baguette and an excellent take-out burger) from Papilles – a local bistro. However, my first thoughts were not about sharing the experience with my caregiver tribe… and that surprised me.
There’s still only one tribe who can understand that this sandwich is more than a sandwich… and that’s my blog tribe. These Salmon Sandwiches with Zucchini and Romesco Sauce are for you (and me). GREG