July 18, 2007

Whats for Dinner Tonight?

A few years ago, a friend of mine was in my kitchen as I was cooking. I was throwing some pasta into a big pot of boiling water when she said to me, “So what is your bug limit?”

Me: What?

Susan: Bug limit. What is the maximum amount of bugs you allow in your water before you throw out the pasta?

Me: What? Bugs? There are bugs in my pasta?!

And immediately I start scanning the pasta water, looking for bugs.

Susan: Yeah, sometimes there are little bugs. I get them out, but my threshold is about 7.

My threshold is about… None.

I don’t like bugs in my pasta.

Yesterday I bought fresh broccoli to use in a dish I was cooking for supper. As I was washing it, I noticed one head was full of bugs. I quickly threw it away and then dunked the rest of it in water, looking for bugs.

Gah! I don’t do bugs in my food. No. I do not.

And I know it is a mental ick factor. In other countries, bugs probably don’t bother them. But to me? No. I may end up back with frozen broccoli, hoping someone else removed the bugs. Frozen bugs… I can’t even go there.

Last month, TGOO emailed me and said something like, “Your neighborhood needs to get off well water and onto city water. When water starts going away in S. Fl, you want to be on city water.”

But the water in the city of West Palm Beach tastes awful. I mean like dirt. Truly, it tastes like dirt. But he had a point.

About an hour later, I was on the internet, looking at our local paper, and I read that the city, during the height of the water crisis in May, had decided to dump treated wastewater into the well fields, to help keep water levels where they needed to be to provide water for citizens.

I sent him and email with the link and said, “THIS is why I’m not on city water.”

OK. Who is NOT saying, “Ick”?

I’m sorry, but that is a big ick factor for me. I know, I know, they say it was fine. I read it. The mayor herself said it was all psychological.

And maybe this is the way of our future. Maybe treated wastewater is what everyone will be drinking one day.

But I am here to say, I do not like bugs in my food or the thought that sewage was EVER in my water.


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Posted by: Toluca Nole at July 18, 2007 09:09 PM

I'll bring you a glass of WPB water at Thanksgiving. You can drink it with your turkey. ;-)

Posted by: Bou at July 18, 2007 09:30 PM

Lotsa protein in bugs.

Posted by: Denny at July 18, 2007 10:45 PM

You SO wouldn't survive on the farm. Bugs? Once you boil them, they're dead. Sort 'em out just before serving.

Posted by: Jerry at July 18, 2007 11:24 PM


Posted by: vw bug at July 19, 2007 06:23 AM

Huge EW factor. Huge. And this from a girl who grew up on a farm. ;)

You should have seen my face the day Dad took the cover off the well water holding tank and we found a dead rat floating in OUR DRINKING WATER.
Yeah, I think I collected and drank rainwater after that....

Posted by: pam at July 19, 2007 06:38 AM

You know Jerry, I'm a pretty simple girl. Pretty low maintenance. Do my own thing. No big deal. But I would NOT survive on a farm. I mean, if I HAD to, yes, I can do anything, but for the most part? No. The whole bugs in my food thing is a big no no for me. Protein or not. But I remember when we used to get weevils in our flour when we lived overseas. We'd pick it out. At least I could see them though. This bugs in the pasta thing... yuck.

Pam- Holy crap. I'd have switched to either collecting rainwater or drinking only juice! Gah! That's not even an ick factor... rats in my water, but a huge vomit and poke my eyes out with a pencil factor. But this... reminds me of yet another post! Heh.

Posted by: Bou at July 19, 2007 09:41 AM

I'm not saying "ewe!"

Treated wastewater is cleaner than damn rainwater. Seriously. Especially in South Florida! Take your kids on a field trip to the local wastewater treatment plant (there's one in Pompano that loves to give tours, but I'm sure WPB has one, too). It starts out pretty bad:

"In the next room I'm not going to talk. We'll just run through and later on I'll tell you what you were looking at."

But by the end, the water is crystal clear. It's amazingly clean. And in most cases, they just pump it 3 miles offshore and let it go. The only reason they don't normally just pump it into the city system is the factor you mentioned: "ewe!"

Posted by: Ogre at July 23, 2007 10:41 AM