2009年9月9日水曜日

A brekky two weeks in the making

I usually go shopping once a week. I just really don't like shopping. So it was pretty easy last week to just put it off and find excuses and one thing led to another and before you know it it had been a full two weeks since I last shopped. We ran out of: eggs, milk, sugar, dried pasta, meat, bananas, yoghurt, mushrooms and coffee. Aghhhhhh! Yup, coffee. I'm ashamed to say I had Amy doing without her treasured bananas and Meg doing without her daily dose of yoghurt and poor K one step away from rocking in a corner over lack of dried udon, but one morning without coffee and all of a sudden I got my shopping mojo back!

It was quite a fun challenge though. Made me think outside my culinary comfort zone (rut?) and find new ways to serve up the same ingredients.

Yeah, even after two weeks without shopping we still have lots of ingredients this time of year. As long as you like beans, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, eggplants and peppers. Oh and lots of the above.

It was a reminder of the role of seasonings in determining the personality of a dish. Take potatoes, onion, carrot and beans and add curry roux and you have curry. Add soy sauce, sake and mirin and you have niku-jaga. Same with beans, tomatoes, onion, peppers and eggplant- add curry powder and it's dry curry, add a jar of tomatoes and it's ratatoulie. Magic.

The challenge ended with breakfast today.

Niku-jaga, tomato, steamed beans (Morrocan and regular for variety- important when you're eating them by the kilo...) grapes, wakame and onion miso soup, rice and a pickled plum. After two weeks that's what we were down to.

As we ate I explained what had been going on the last two weeks and had anyone noticed.

......

Nope. Noone.

In fact K's only comment was that I had been cooking some really different things recently. Not what I normally cooked and he liked the variety.

Sometimes I really wonder....


4 件のコメント:

Gaijin Wife さんのコメント...

God, well done. Very inventive. I don't think I could last a week. Although this month I am trying to get through the freezer stuff before stocking up again.

I actually enjoy the having to get out of the house to shop - get my doss of weekly gossip at the supermarket too!!

Kim さんのコメント...

That's great! We've been living on chicken breasts the past few weeks. Talk about the need for creativity! And...Ryu likes the creativity! Men are so wonderful sometimes, aren't they?

But, we are nearly out of rice - so, Jun and I will make the trek (100 m?) to the grocery store, today!

Lulu さんのコメント...

Wow- I wish I could just go to the supermarket once a week. But there would always be something that needs to be picked up during the week- usually OJ or milk or something I forgot last time due to pregnancy brain. Even if Shun & I do a big shop on the Sunday...

That is a very inventive breakfast though- I think it is funny that K has liked your "inventive" food ideas lately.

thefukases さんのコメント...

GW- ahhh, I get all my gossip in the field. I swear the ninja obaachan's might spend 8 hours a day in the field but it's really only half that working. By the time you check out every passing car and ruminate on who it is/ where they're going at this hour/ at that speed/ dressed like that/ without stopping to chat etc etc. And it's amazing the treasures you find at the bottom of the freezer, hey?

Kim- chicken breasts are my favourite meat. I swear, I could live for months on chicken breasts. Marinading them, dry rubs, kiev, parmigiana, pulled, crumbed, in salad, in pasta salad etc etc...

One day we'll have to get Ryu and K together and they can discuss how wonderful their wives are, hey? 100m to the store? Ahhh you must know all the tricks for getting everything on sale!

Lulu- that's the challenge, though. We usually have cereal for brekky. Then we ran out of milk so we had cereal and yoghurt. Then we ran out of yoghurt so I made bread and we had bread and eggs. Then we ran out of eggs and I made... etc. It does take an understanding eat-anything-and-be-happy family though!