Waste not. Want not.
This is a theme that I wanted to carry out throughout this project. It’s also something that I try to do as much as possible in my day-to-day life (at least when it comes to food and groceries): I reuse all my plastic shopping bags as trash bags. I use Chinese take-out plastics in lieu of Tupperware ™. I am that crazy person who tries to use wrapping paper and tissue paper twice. You might have noticed in how many recipes I have used Clementines, so now my apartment is full of Clementine crates re-appropriated as storage containers. I try as best as I can for the food in my cupboards and refrigerator to never go to waste (which is hard sometimes with veggies–especially the crap ones I get from my Safeway). The Tuna-Cheese-Macaroni-Loaf withstanding, my household is pretty successful at consuming all leftovers either as work lunches, reheated dinners, or (my favorite) freezing.
I just wanted to give you an example of this. This morning we had the leftovers of #17 Beef Lindstrom (Swedish Beef Patties) as brunch. The initial Dinner is Served! batch that I made was insanely large, so I froze 3 hefty patties. Defrosting was a bit of a bitch this morning, so I did have to toss the bits of beef that started to cook while in the microwave, but I was able to get 3 mid-sized patties out of it.
I fried up 2 eggs, added some toast, and there ya go: BRUNCH!
These were still pretty tasty the second time around–even with having been in the freezer. The fruit on the side is the remainder of the crushed pineapple that was used in the Banana Fluff recipe from #50 Lamb Curry.
There is one cooked patty in the fridge, which Cleve will get in his lunchbox this week–maybe sandwiched between some WonderBread ™ and a slice of Velveeta ™ (I still have a whole pack of Velveeta ™ slices because they were BOGO).
Ok, I am now going to baste. I am in the middle of #10 Roast Chicken. It smells fantastic.