I cheated. On my Lenten sacrifice of giving up bread and all baked goods.
Buddy has a friend at school and their family just lives up the hill and a street over from us.
I got a phone call from his mom on Wednesday afternoon and she said she wouldn't be able to make it to pick up D and asked if I wouldn't mind. Of course, I didn't mind. She said I could take him to my house and she'd pick him up here (she didn't want to put me out), but I assured her that they're only a half mile from us and I didn't mind taking him to his house.
So, I took him to his house and his mom popped her head out the front door and said not to leave just yet. She came out of the house with a bag. A bag that contained TWO different types of bread, just fresh out of the oven. D and his family moved here from Turkey 10 years ago, and I don't know what these breads are called, but I felt it would be rude to not enjoy a gift.
One of the breads had spinach, onions, caraway seeds and a hint of curry. SO blasted good.
The other bread was round like a pizza and fluffy inside, with a nice chewy texture outside and also delicious.
I didn't go overboard. I had one piece of each and let the rest of the family go to town with them.
I talked to Buddy about it. He said, "You're kinda in a tough spot." I said, "Yes, but I'm not going to hurt anyone's feelings by turning down their generous gift."
I explained to him that people from different countries have different mores and cultural norms than we do. Something we think is completely innocuous could really offend someone who has lived in a different country since they were born.
Plus, that bread smelled great and I happen to love Middle Eastern cuisine. Not to mention that I tend to be borderline anemic, and spinach is a very iron rich food. (rationalizing, here, folks!). :-)
I do feel a tiny bit guilty - I made it thru Lent a few years ago with no slip ups when I gave up bread that year.
Also, I wanted to clear up things about the blog roll yesterday. If I "follow" your blog, it will pop up on my side bar when you update your blog. So, Slyde, you are totally on there.
And, as always, it's not too late for Friday Secrets. I have a few already. Plus there will be a special surprise with the secrets tomorrow. You'll just have to wait and see... Mwahahahaha!!