Once upon a time, this little wife did not make a full on Brazilian lunch. I know, shame shame on me. Don't worry, I already put myself in time out.
You see, I had my pregnant self and a toddler who loved PB&Js. I didn't think anyone would find out so I allowed him to have one for lunch. I think Brazilian Social Services would come and take them away if they ever found out. Heaven forbid it wasn't served with a side of rice and beans.
To my horror, Mr Rant came home for lunch. It was totally unannounced. Thankfully though, he took the sandwich in stride. But I didn't get off that easily.
What caught him off-guard was my lack of prepared food in the fridge. There was nothing ready for him to eat! What do you mean you can't spontaneously pull together a 3 piece lunch?!
And before you say he's spoiled, let me correct you. He is not only spoiled, he's Brazilian. I swear, he would keel over and die out of shock if he ever showed up at his Mother's and she couldn't just fix him a plate. Hell, the day his Mother can't randomly pull a carne asada out of the fridge, have rice already made (just in case), and beans a bubblin' on the stove is the day I will have a heart attack.
It's just the culture. Any good Mother would have something available in case any child should even think about food. Even if it's not her making it, she's paid someone to make sure it's there. And lunch is the holiest of occasions for food consumption.
The fact that there was nothing to heat up was just unheard of. Personally, I was stoked that I could finally bust out the PB&J and fend for myself later. But it just comes down to habit.
In Brazil, when you eat lunch you EAT LUNCH. This is your big meal. Pack it in baby. Some offer a dinner in the evening, especially when there are kids. A lot of people just lanche, aka sandwiches. Lanche is a wonderful thing where people run to the bakery for fresh french bread. Add in cold cuts, a salad, some other finger foods, and you have yourself a lanche. We must not forget the coffee chaser.
So that was an adjustment for me. I love me a big breakfast and a substantial dinner. I'm all over that. The big lunch needed some growing into. Ironically, when it did, my breakfast and dinner shrank.
In addition, I've never again allowed a fully empty fridge. I now have 3 Brazilian men, 1 big and 2 halfies. They all expect food in the afternoon. Something filling and warm. What can I do? I've been out voted. Of course that does mean I can transfer my occasional laziness to the evening. And let's be honest, evenings are the best time to be lazy!
Lazy and then bed go together as well as good old PB&J.