Saturday, January 29, 2011

Welcome to the New Year, or, When Life Hands You Lemons....


We haven't posted anything in a while. I apologize; the last few weeks have been a little rough. Our car is on it's last wheel, and the internet connection only works every three or four days. And the Amazing Omnivorous Child has decided that he doesn't need naps anymore. It must be because he's two; so we're all kind of tense and tired. Of course, the Amazing Flying Child just can't be left out; he's trying really hard for those teeth. So, we haven't really had the energy to cook a lot, much less write about it.

What have we been eating these last three weeks? I can't remember. A lot of pasta, some rice and a few potatoes. We have less vegetables to work with this year, and I've run out of flour, oatmeal and coconut. I've been avoiding eggs; the last time I made deviled eggs I got sick (although it may have been the flu) so that's understandable. The Amazing Omnivorous Child and I have been making No Bake Cookies about once a week. I don't know what we're going to do next week as we have no more oatmeal. Even dinner tonight is last night's leftovers: pasta fried with onions, tomatoes and corn, with lemon vinaigrette to keep it moist. I did make salmon cakes for lunch today. I figured we needed a boost of protein and omega 3. I served them as sandwiches with cheese and lettuce. But as I have no camera I don't have a picture to show you.

Oh wow. That all sounds kind of depressing. Not what I was going for. I also don't want you to feel sorry for us; we're okay. A little tired (and about to kick the car) but doing alright. I did pick up some pork earlier this week and I'll cook it tomorrow. I promise to let you know what I did with it.

I was wondering: What do you think? This blog was born of the idea for a cookbook and Nick's genius. I wanted to do something with a lot of easy recipes and ideas for those on a tight budget. But then, we had a lot of food (and the money for it) over Christmas that doesn't exactly count as “tight budget” food. This month we're tight; next month will be better. So my next big idea was this: alternating “tight budget” meals and ideas with recipes that are for the more financially independent. I have tons of recipes that I have either never made or not made in several years. We wouldn't be able to make everything and tell you the results. But it would keep us active (which is probably what we need). So, what do you think? Would you like that? Also, what would you like to see more of?

Okay. So for now I'll leave you with my Lemon Vinaigrette recipe, tomorrow I'll give you the pork chops and later I'll do something about tea, and maybe one of my old candy recipes.

Ciao!

Lemon Vinaigrette

¼ C oil
¼ C vinegar
3-4 tbsp lemon juice (to your taste)
2-3 tbsp mustard (Dijon is generally preferred)
1 tbsp lemon&pepper spices (if you have it)

Mix well. Keep refrigerated.

--Zizi

P.S. I hate the smell of antifreeze... -- Nick

1 comment:

  1. I think you can use recipes for all income levels. It is really neat when you note that various ingredients are optional or posting a cheaper substitute. That makes it user friendly to all. There are times when we have a little extra money and can afford salmon, but then, maybe have no oats for weeks on end. Variety is the spice of life, just to give you a cheap pun to add to Nick's. :)

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