January 30, 2011 at 8:30 am
I have a serious cash flow problem.
Being a freelance writer is always challenging in the financial department, so in hindsight taking the better part of a year off to write my new brilliant cookbook was risky.
My plan was to have my book done and off to the publisher by September, visit my parents for Thanksgiving, and then jump head first into work. Unfortunately I hadn’t planned on the car accident I was in, in the middle of October.
Which brings me to today January 30th, 2011. I am sitting in my office with bills to pay and no amazing long term job on the horizon.
Like any good home economist, I am a problem solver, so I figured out that one of the ways to survive this next month without any money coming in is to eat out of my freezer and pantry for the month of February.
I will only buy milk, yogurt, eggs, and fresh seasonal or frozen produce. Okay – I may buy bread, but I know that I have two bags of stone milled whole wheat flour in the freezer and a bread making machine someone gave me, so maybe I won’t even buy bread.
Don’t get me wrong – I have a lot of stuff in my larder – so it isn’t like I am going to be living like a pioneer. I have the basics.
This experiment will be more about creativity than doing without. I think……
I’m off to see what provisions I have.
9:15 am – Well – the freezer isn’t as full as I thought.
I found a whole chicken, many packages of chicken thighs (they must have been on sale), three small simmering steaks, tons of berries, some phyllo pastry, a package of Brussels sprouts, those two bags of stone milled whole wheat flour I knew I had, some brown rice, a bag of quinoa, a couple of things that the labels have fallen off of, three containers of really old ice crystallized frozen yogurt that I don’t even remember buying, and something that looks like a container of gravy? The frozen yogurt smells funny and looks weird so I gave it the old heave ho, but everything else looks good to go, even though I don’t actually know what some of it is. Thank goodness I use freezer bags to store my food in. There isn’t any freezer burn on anything.
10: 01 am – The pantry has ton of beans, lentils, canned salmon, spices, canola oil, canned tomatoes, assorted bottles of vinegar, lower sodium soy sauce, curry paste, canned milk, sugar, and wine! If the food runs out, there is always a glass of merlot.
10:30 am – I am going to roast that chicken. It’s not huge but there are only the two of us, so a whole roasted chicken should do for three meals. Dinner #1 Roasted Chicken dinner, then I’ll make any leftovers into my world famous chicken salad sandwiches, and I’ll make a soup out of the carcass for Dinner #2 or 3.
6:00 pm – I think I hate roasting chickens – I can roast a fabulous turkey with the best of them, but this tiny little chicken is playing hard to get. The label with the weight had worn off and I didn’t want to put the raw bird on my scale so I eye balled it and put it in for 1.5 hours at 350°C. I just stuck in the thermometer to take a reading. It isn’t even close.
7:00 pm – Well all I can say is that I am glad that there was only one whole chicken in the freezer. I think maybe I am such a whole big turkey lover that the whole little chicken thing didn’t work for me. The breast was dry but the thighs were brilliant.
Hopefully the sandwiches will be better tomorrow.
See Chicken Salad Sandwiches and Hearty Chicken Lentil Soup for my next blog on February’s Eating out of my Freezer.
Week one continues here.