Eating Alone In Half The Time

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November 29th, 2007 · 18 Comments

dish1  This was one of my first attempts. Looked terrible until I put on the banana slices. But I did do it under 10 minutes. This was from my pancake in a jar featured on tsingle.info. Pancakes with slices of banana. I forgot to put the bananas inside. What’s not inside we attach on the outside. The ground flax (for Omega-3) is on the bottom. I put it on after the pancake batter was already in the pan. Next time I’ll add it to the mix.

RANDOM OBSERVATIONS AND THOUGHTS

I have to say something about the cat. We have at least 3 good people on my street. I am not one of them. And there are about 20 street cats. Each evening there are three small groups gathered at different places for someone to bring out the evening meal.  I should say that we have 20 well-fed street cats on our street (fixed, or so we are told by the municipal veterinarians who informs us each year that they will take very good care of and return them so there will not be 80 next year).  But new ones keep showing up anyway.

dish22 This one took more than 15 minutes. I only have the one saucepan and had to cook the broccoli patty separately which, by the way, is burned on the bottom because I took the garbage out.  The rice was cooked yesterday in such amounts that I had to freeze 3/4 of it. Cheese on top is combination of great hard slice goat cheese or any cheese other than that yellow sliced stuff. Walnuts are for Omega-3 (see tsingle.info). And the humus (really, if you have never tried it, you should not be without it) I use to cut the taste of the broccoli patty on which  it sits. Actually the broccoli is quite good by itself.

My dishes are getting to look so good that I am thinking of opening a restaurant. But that will not happen. Takes nerves of steel, real expertise, and good customer relations. Well, enough said. Oh, and the use of more than one plate, fork and saucepan.

 

nah

 

I don’t plan what I eat. I go into the kitchen and just find myself fixing something. It seems to be right for that particular moment. When it is ready, I look at it to decide if I photograph it or not. If the  feeling is nah, I don’t. Do you see the nah above? That was last night’s supper.

 

 

cloud formationsThe last fling before nightfall

Picture taken this month. I went out and looked up and saw these clouds about 20 minutes before sunset.  

This (photo to come) is a vegedog (two in fact) if you can see the other one, topped with Rockfort (blue cheese) wedge pieces. I don’t think it comes in slices – would just fall apart, and onions with mustard and mayonnaise. The salad dressing is a special lemon dressing with spices which had an interesting taste. You know, when you are in a fancy restaurant and you don’t quite like what you are eating but you enjoy it anyway because it’s expensive and you are eating it you know where. That’s what I felt about the dressing. I bought it because I knew I needed some change from the thousand island I had been using.  So I liked it anyway.

COMMENT
I am going to have to categorize all of this one of these days, but right now I am just enjoying my meals without the organizing get in the way. If I am going to continue, will have to start using the oven. I’ve avoided it but it severely limits my range! There are severe limitations in using only one frying pan because the other one burned. I have the funds to buy a new one, but I have too many other things to do, and I do not like shopping. Never have. Except for the necessity of buying food to live, I think I haven’t been inside a shop to buy something for myself for 3 months. Take that back, I did buy something for the computer.

 

trailmix/croutons/walnutsI made myself a cup of soup and wanted to put some croutons in it. They were old and tasted like cardboard – had the same consistency. So, I decided to fry them in oil and while I was at it, added some trailmix/granola to it with some walnuts, and added brown sugar (any kind will do). What came out was great. Except that the croutons dropped like a rock to the bottom of the soup. But, for the rest, do not make too much of it at one time. You won’t be able to stop eating it. One suggestion may help – burn it a little. It is also great on ice cream.

 

I had some ice cream left over and because it wasn’t very much, decided to put whipped milk on it. I have found that 3% milk will whip up to a standstill. Milk with only 1% will also but it all depends on environmental conditions. What those are I do not know. Evaporated milk seems to work under any condition.

ice cream whipped %3 milt and trailmixAnd, you can see the results for yourself. Real art. The only problem with this type of art is that it disappears very fast. I have always felt sorry for those chefs who have spent hours slaving over a hot stove to produce something really great. They turn around and when they turn back its gone. What can that do for one’s ego? Well, I guess it is in the job description.

 

Today it’s two salads. Actually, all I did was buy one of those bags of already cut up salad makings, separated out and chopped up the carrots a little. That’s the lemon with spices sauce which I don’t like too much, but it’s starting to grow on me. The ‘meat’ patty is one half of the original – vegetarian. The other darker greenish one (burned on the bottom like the last one) is broccoli. Maybe I should look at the bottom when I take it out of the box before putting it in the pan. It may already be burned.

On the salad are walnuts (trust me, they’re there), and blue cheese. I bought an extra one by mistake, so it will be featured a lot in this section. Tastes great so maybe it wasn’t a mistake. Something told me to reach my hand into the cheese section in exactly the same place twice.

 

catching some raysThe cat?

Catching some rays. Ahhh, the good life.

Tags: alone and surviving · cook easy · cooking · cooking for singles · impatient cooking · meals · random remarks · self cooking · Uncategorized

18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 littlesister // Nov 30, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    Hmmm…keep cooking like this and a cookbook won’t be far behind.

  • 2 ItsMe // Dec 2, 2007 at 5:28 am

    Yes! we must all send tsingle a cookbook!

  • 3 ItsMe // Dec 3, 2007 at 10:24 pm

    Just what the Dr ordered…a cookbook!

  • 4 littlesister // Feb 15, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Your caution about the mushrooms on February 4 reminds me of an incident that occurred back when I had the preschool in Chesterfield. One of the students age 3-4 was from a family that was definitely into the “back to the earth” lifestyle. They had carved out a home in a couple of stalls in a local barn and endeavored to do everything naturally. One day during outdoor play time, Nikal began to gather mushrooms that she had discovered. Fortunately, I quickly stopped her activity and explained the dangers involved. When her mother arrived I spoke to her regarding the incident. “Oh, no problem”, she replied. “Nikal can collect and eat mushrooms as we have been training her to identify the safe ones.” “Well, not here”, was my response as I could only imagine a life-threatening error. Besides that, the other children would probably follow suit and pick anything!! Similar to the parent who took offense with me because I had told her son not to walk through the tomato plants. “We are training Benjamin to make his own decisions and apparently he decided to walk through the plants.” I questioned her as to whether it would be OK for him to decide to walk in front of a moving car and therefore not to stop him! Parenting, it takes all forms…and this by people who reckoned that they were enlightened.

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