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.
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....