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No Food Shopping Challenge

1 Jan

December 14, 2009 – Backdated Article

Last month, eGullet, a food forum that I’ve been following for a couple of years now presented a challenge which required no food shopping for a week and taking advantage of the available food in one’s fridge, freezer, and pantry.  Coincidentally, Ryan and I have been discussing not doing any food shopping on the weekend prior to leaving for our annual holiday visit in California to see our respective families (even if we weren’t going anywhere I’d have taken the challenge for the fun of it).

However, I’d be lying if I say that we completely went without any food shopping.  Thankfully, the rules are fair.  For instance, rule #3 states, “No making yourself miserable.”  Because we have two piggies with serious lung power and never hesitate to use said power when they’re hungry we had to actually food shop.  It just so happens that they love lettuce so to protect our sense of hearing, Ryan and I made a lettuce run to appease the little beasts.

The rules:

Our household’s results:

December 04 – Broiled black cod with rice – Oh, the surprises our freezer and pantry have in store for us.

December 05 – Linguine with anchovies and olives – I’m a fan of anchovies and olives, and what better way to put the two together.

December 06 – Broiled shrimp – Ryan loves shrimp so we keep a couple of bags of the yummy crustraceans on hand in the freezer.

December 07 – Leftovers

December 08 – Baked tuna and pasta casserole (with potato chips on the side) – All the bags of pasta and cans of tuna in the pantry put into yummy use.

December 09 – Leftovers

December 10 – Turkey pot pie – This is what became of the leftover turkey, vegetables, and pie crusts from Thanksgiving.

December 11 – *Kimchee rice and beef stir fry – I got the recipe for the kimchee rice from Sungyong, a good friend and little brother figure.

Our pantry, fridge, and freezer yielded pleasant results.  Monsieur “Fat Guy”, manager of egullet, is right when he said that we become more careful when we have to make do with what’s available.  Challenge or no challenge, it’s a good philosophy to apply, don’t you think.  The No Food Shopping challenge is one I’d definitely happily participate in again and again.