So, last Friday, I stood in my kitchen – first looking at the bowl where the avocados are supposed to be, then looking at the fridge where cold things are supposed to be, then looking at the pantry where crunchy, salty things are supposed to be – for a good 15 minutes. My shoulders were slumped, my expression was forlorn. Silas even started to whimper wondering what the hell my problem was.
Find what you’ve got.
I figured there had to be something. I located the last two carrots in the bag, half a tomato, a quarter of a yellow pepper. I had to make up an entirely new salad dressing* because my kids used my go-to ingredient (Ume Plum Vinegar**) to make ‘cake’ yesterday. I was able to shave just enough Manchego off of its rind. Found some brown rice that was hiding behind the maple syrup on the second shelf.
I just started somewhere, with a bunch of ingredients that didn’t look all that great and didn’t even look like they’d be copacetic. But, I threw them in the bowl anyway. It ended up being delicious. And quite gratifying.
I have a wonderful ‘twitter/blog’ friend that lost his agency writing job yesterday, and he asked me for some help with what to do next. This is what I’ve got: No matter how bare that cupboard, you’ll pull out some edible things and create something good. Dude, the world is your grocery store.
*This is not a food blog, but this randomly concocted dressing was so good, I’m sharing: olive oil, wheat germ oil, fresh lemon juice, sea salt, splash of Ponzu**. No, I don’t have measurements for you. That’s not the way I cook, nor is it the way I roll.
(**Per the recent blogging regulations: This post was not affiliated with Eden Foods in any way, shape or form, but I love their food, so if they should happen to swing by, or any of you know them personally, I’d be delighted to write for them anytime. Just sayin’…)
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