It's a funny Monday. For the last few weeks when the weather was predicted to have a high probability of rain, nothing. This week when the probability was lower, nice thunderstorms!
My scheduled work days are at a minimum because my leg has to heal, seemingly in its own good time (hmmmm).
I was supposed to go grocery shopping last Friday for this week's groceries, but it turned out we couldn't and I knew we had plenty of things to get us through the weekend till today. Today I looked at the freezer and pantry and decided it might be just fine to see if we can go the rest of the week with what we have, and other than needing to buy more water (yes, we have to buy water, ours is not drinkable) I think we'll be just fine. How cool is that!
The bulk buying, doing it little by little, has paid off. So has freezing portions of soup stock and soups when I make bigger batches. There are also banana breads and a meatloaf in there, and smaller packages of meat frozen when portioned off from bigger purchases.
I actually enjoy the feeling (right now, at least) of being back home with enough time to do things s-l-o-w-l-y. I have no choice, so why not embrace it? In one hour today, I put together the ingredients for fish cakes (to fry up later just before serving), boiled a pan of Basmati rice, made 3 quarts. of chicken and veggie soup, and got a batch of brownies into the oven. I grabbed a handful of tree collard leaves from a couple of heroic plants outside the back door, and chopped those and added a handful of dried stinging nettle leaves from my medicinal herb stash...those went into the veggie soup, too. Yum! You have to love greens and herbs for ramping up the nutrition!
That's about all the time standing my knee can handle at a time between rests. It was all possible because I had the bulk ingredients on hand, and those things in the freezer.
With the exception of a dozen eggs and some water and such, I wonder how long we could go eating down our pantry and freezer?
Here's to the slower version of fast food, and homemade soup on a stormy day! I'm stoked about skipping an entire week's grocery bill!
What's cooking in your kitchen? Got any tips to share?