A simple food challenge presented by eGullet that I partook in 2009 has become an end-of-the-year tradition for us, which I schedule before we leave for our annual home visit to awesome California. Doing the challenge before our vacation is an excellent way to clear out frozen and refrigerated foods. “Waste not, want not”, as the saying goes.
During my first No Food Shopping Challenge in 2009, I made: Broiled black cod with rice, Linguine with anchovies and olives, Broiled shrimp, Baked tuna and pasta casserole, Turkey pot pie, and Kimchee rice and beef stir fry. In 2010, the dishes I put together from our pantry and freezer were: Mixed greens, turkey sausage, with red beans, Rice congee with spicy bean curd sauce, Pan-fried paneer and couscous, Garlic butter shrimp and rice, Spicy shrimp, kimchee, and noodles, Spicy garlic chicken with rice, and Tea eggs.
For 2011, we saw similar ingredients from the two previous years, which pretty much gives away what we keep in our pantry year round. Rice, pasta, and beans are staples in our household. So are crustaceans, it seems.
Wednesday, December 7 – Black eyed peas, collard greens, and rice is what we eat when our tastebuds feel like “going South”
Friday, December 9 – Pasta with tuna and olives is a favorite any time of the year
Monday, December 12 – Prawns with brown butter sauce is soooo finger-lickin’-tastic
Tuesday, December 13 – Fried potato cakes is the result of leftover mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving
Wednesday, December 14– Spicy prawns with coconut rice is my quick take on Southeast Asian cuisine
Saturday, December 18 – Spaghetti with buttered prawns is “Why-we-are-fat-dot-com”, as The Hubby would say
Looking forward to next year’s No Food Shopping Challenge!