As your blog is about sad meals for sad and lonely people, I thought I’d share my sad, and potentially fatal, food story involving hijiki seaweed.
I went through a stage of really enjoying eating the dried seaweed that I’d cook up with coconut milk and spring onions. I’d go through kilos of the stuff. At the same time I started working in a hospital. I soon was suffering bouts of severe gastro, with sweating, dizziness, nausea. I just thought I was picking up every bug in the hospital and soon my immune system would be bolstered.
Feeling somewhat smug about my new seaweed superfood, I decided to Google what awesome nutrition it contained.
I found out that the seaweed has extremely high levels of inorganic arsenic and should not be eaten in large quantities. Small sprinkles on rice is safe. I was eating roughly 2 cups in one sitting. My ‘immune-system toughening-up to hospital standards’symptoms were actually acute arsenic poisoning symptoms.
There I was, living alone, and every night sadly eating my arsenic seaweed death meal for one.
Let this be a lesson to others with dimly lit meals for one. Stick to toast, beans, cheese, tinned pies and frozen dinners.
Some sage advice from Sarah for anyone who’s just mildly depressed and doesn’t feel like eating themselves into oblivion, avoid the seaweed…