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No Food Shopping Challenge 2011

29 Dec

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!

No Food Shopping Challenge 2010

19 Dec

Winter 2009, I participated in my first “No Food Shopping Challenge“, a challenge pitched by eGullet, a nonprofit organization comprised of gastronomists, both professional and home cooks, and chefs… all food lovers alike, whose mission is to promote the culinary arts.  This year, I decided to take on the challenge again and I have a strong feeling that it’ll become a winter tradition.  It’s a perfect way to put all the non-perishables and frozen foods accumulated from the previous months to good use.  Not to mention, saving that grocery budget meant for the week.

This year, rule #3 saved the day again as we had to make a lettuce run for Toffee.  If she doesn’t get her day’s ration of lettuce, we literally will not hear the end of it.  Aside from that bit, and the day I somewhat cheated when I asked for the Hubz to literally “bring home the bacon”, as well as the night we dined out, dinner between December 12 and December 19 consisted of what was available in our fridge and pantry, and no food shopping were done.

Here are this year’s results:

Saturday, December 11 – Mixed Greens, Turkey Sausage, with Red Beans and Rice

Sunday, December 12 – Rice Congee with Spicy Bean Curd Sauce

Monday, December 13 – leftovers

Tuesday, December 14 – Pan-fried Paneer and Couscous

Wednesday, December 15 – I sort of cheated… the hubba, hubba Hubz brought home pizza at my behest.  I whined that I didn’t want to cook and he obliged by bringing home a meat-ladened pie.

Thursday, December 16 – Garlic Butter Shrimp and Rice

 And because I was feeling frisky in the kitchen that night, I also made Spicy Shrimp, Kimchee, and Noodles.

Friday, December 17 – Dined at Moshi Moshi Sushi

Saturday, December 18 – Spicy Garlic Chicken and Rice

 Sunday, December 19 – Tea Eggs (eggs boiled in herbal tea)

And that’s the end of this year’s challenge.  I wonder what next year’s results will be…

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.