What’s For Dinner? In which we stop random New Yorkers on the street and ask them about their food lives.
Who: Rochelle Farley
Where: Corner of Broadway and 8th Street, buying fruit from a stand
Occupation: Home health aide
Rochelle didn’t want me to take her picture, but she is a very petite, pretty, dark-skinned woman, with her hair in a sleek, short bob. Today she was wearing a fitted striped teeshirt.
What’s your best food memory?
In Guyana, where I’m from, we have six different races, so we have many different varieties of food: Indian, Chinese, African…My favorite dish is something we call lo mein, but you would call it chow mein. It’s like chow mein, but different—it’s not as wet. We take chicken, green peas, corn and long beans and fry them up. When they’re cooked, you add the chow mein noodles and toss. I can’t find it here, so for me to get it, I have to cook it myself. That’s as healthy as I get!
Do you get to go back to Guyana often?
I try to go once a year.
What kind of fruit did you just buy?
Because of the season, peaches, nectarine and strawberries. But back home, my favorite fruit is mango.
What’s for dinner tonight?
Oh, I don’t eat! I don’t have time. I take care of an elderly lady here, and I live in the Bronx. I leave at six in the morning and get home at eight.
But you must eat something!
It depends what time I get home. If I get in early, I have me a cup of tea and a slice of bread and cheese. That’s it. In the morning, I have a can of Ensure on the way to work. Then when I get here, I have tea and a roll. That carries me till lunch. Sometimes for lunch, I get junk. French fries, chicken wings, chicken sandwich…Salads and stuff like that I stay away from. No health food.