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Eating Other People’s Food


No, it’s not what you think, I can already see the mental picture you formed of the Hamburglar sneaking up and swiping your burger while you have your back turned. It’s about eating something that you didn’t make or prepare. This is also different from eating pre-made food or food out at a restaurant, which would be commercially based food, somebody else made it but it is not other people’s food. Other people’s food is homemade food that has been prepared by somebody other than you. These examples will help illustrate what other people’s food is:

  • The homemade food you will find at a pot luck meal.
  • Those homemade brownies that are sitting on top of the microwave at work that Gertrude brought in(that were really homemade this time after she felt guilty about passing off the store made chocolate chip cookies as her own).
  • The meal served that the dinner party you attended at the Henderson’s (who are entirely too enthusiastic about telling you that the chicken dish served came from a free range chicken, who was named Myrtle).

I recently had the good fortune to attend a dinner at the home of some old family friends, I never really know in advance what will be served, but almost every visit I can be sure that they will be serving some delicious homemade meal. One guarantee when you eat other people’s food is that even if the dish is something that you make yourself, it will not be prepared the same way you make it.

I ate the meal in the picture at the top, spaghetti with salad and garlic bread on the side. Everybody has their own way of making spaghetti, from the sauce used, homemade or from a jar, to the meat (or not) that goes into the sauce. So what made this sauce different and delicious? It was a typical tomato based sauce with a bit of a spicy kick, but what made it interesting and unique to me was the addition of both sausage and shrimp to the sauce. Sausage and shrimp in the same dish is not at all unusual, you see that all the time with gumbo or jambalaya dishes, but for me at least, it was different to see it in a tomato based spaghetti dish.

I would not have considered combining shrimp and sausage in a spaghetti of my own making, but by eating other people’s food, my eyes were opened to a new combination that was delicious. Regrettably, I do not have the recipe for this sauce, but if I ever do get it I will edit this post to include it.

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