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Day 74: Soup and Spatchcocked Chicken

For lunch we had (canned) soup and the tiny bit of tuna we had leftover. Matt made us breakfast sandwiches with the last of the bacon and the English muffins.

For dinner Matt made kale with wild rice pilaf and grilled a spatchcocked chicken slathered in spices and lemon.

We have a ton of chicken leftover. My goal was to have at least enough left that we could have some tomorrow for lunch after I come back from Aldi.

It’s been nearly a month since our last big grocery shop! We did get a small delivery with some basics like rice and Matt did a small shop at Weis for hot dogs, rolls, soda and condiments mid month. I think we could probably go another week without another big grocery visit but Matt’s birthday is Friday and I want to get some food for that and we are out of potatoes. He’s still taking Friday and Monday off so we will have time to make something fun if we wanted to.

We are still getting most of our food in person but our grocery stores are limited here in the city and we haven’t been to our local small grocery stores where we’d get things like rice in months.

I feel like we are spending less money on groceries but we didn’t track it too closely before. At any rate we aren’t spending anything on takeout or going out to eat. We normally got takeout for dinner at least once a week and lunch out or takeout on Saturdays and Sundays and often out to dinner too.

We are debating where Matt should go to shop on Wednesday to fill in for my Aldi shop. Our produce delivery fills in a lot of gaps but since we like a lot of variety it’s hard to just shop at Aldi and get produce delivery. Aldi is great but unless they are having a specific sale, we mostly get the basics there and go to smaller speciality shops for everything else.

Non-food related activity:

We watched more of A Discovery of Witches.

I had a horrible migraine after dinner and went to bed early.

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Day 73: Tuna Melts & Cookies

We made tuna melts with gruyere and marble rye for lunch.

For dinner I roasted yellow squash, mushrooms and red onions and heated up the leftover cod gratin.

Matt made cookies with leftover dark chocolate and salted caramel chips.

Non-food related activities:

Matt mowed the lawn.

We finished Rosehaven and started A Discovery of Witches. The Sundance app is horrible so I already canceled it.

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Day 72: Rueben Dogs & Pierogi

We had hot dogs with some fancy Bavarian style sauerkraut and gruyere and tots for lunch.

For dinner we had frozen pierogi sautéd with leftover “coleslaw” mix shredded cabbage/carrots and onions.

Non-food related activities:

We watched more Rosehaven on the Sundance app (free trial) and it’s a awful app! We keep getting a pop up saying we don’t have an internet connection and the show can’t be played while the show is playing behind it.

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Day 71: Cod Gratin, Noodles with Chicken and Veggies

I finally made the cod and potato gratin I’ve been wanting to make since I heard of it when we saw Come From Away last year. We had some cod in the freezer that was all slightly odd shapes so it was a good use of it since you flake the cod for the recipe. I used up the last of the 10 lb bag of Russets I bought back in the end of April and some parsley and spring onion from this week’s produce box. It is so cold and chilly here today that making a casserole at noon didn’t seem strange. I really do love making the biggest meal of the day at lunchtime. It makes the whole rest of the day so much more relaxing.

For dinner, I sauteed up the leftover chicken and cabbage from earlier in the week and the little bit of bok choy from last night and tossed it with some Indomie Mi Goreng. Those noodles have been the real MVP of pandemic cooking. They cook in 3 minutes and are good with pretty much any leftovers you can toss in. I think they are a little small to be the main meal of the day unless you add a ton but they are perfect for a light dinner or lunch.

Non-food related activities:

I’ve been working my way through the In the Dark podcast about Curtis Flowers. What a case! I’m amazed at the reporting and legwork these women did.

I finished This Is Big: How the Founder of Weight Watchers Changed the World — and Me by Marisa Meltzer and wrote a quick review.

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Day 70: Leftover Clam Pasta & Spam Musubi

For lunch I heated up the clam pasta leftover from the other day. It heated up surprisingly well! I added a tiny bit of feta to help bulk it up which was also surprisingly good.

For dinner I sauteed some bok choy and Matt made spam musubi which is an excellent pantry meal! We always try to have some nori, spam and sushi rice on hand. We made our own teriyaki sauce.

Non-food related activities:

We watched most of Rosehaven on Amazon Prime where the first season was free. I might have to sign up for a free trial of Sundance to watch another season!

We finished Poldark. I think it could easily be a set up for another season so I’ll be interested to see what happens.

I read most of This is Big by Marisa Meltzer which is good but she is oddly not very introspective about major issues of her life, including her years long use of meth and coke as diet aids as a child or her mother’s clear disordered eating.

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Day 69: Chicken & BLTs

At lunchtime I roasted chicken thighs on a bed of cabbage, turnips and potato. It turned out well but next time I will make sure to put the turnips on the bottom of the pan because the ones directly under the chicken were a little toothsome. The cabbage was from March!

For dinner we had BLTs with lettuce and tomato from our produce delivery. I had chips and salsa for a snack earlier so all I had was a sandwich.

Non-food related activities:

There was a meteor shower on my island on New Horizons for the first time! It was fun having friends over to wish on stars.

We are almost done Poldark already! I’m not sure if it is the final season or not. I found articles saying they always planned to do five but none saying it was canceled. Unless something happens in episode 8, I don’t see it wrapping up any more than previous seasons.

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Day: 68 Bacon Fried Rice & Clam Pasta

For lunch I combined the leftover wild rice pilaf (with kale) and the leftover garlic rice, added a couple pieces of bacon and egg to make fried rice. It was really good!

For dinner Matt made spaghetti with canned clams, rainbow chard, parsley and green garlic. I actually think the clams were more tender than they were when we’ve made pasta with fresh clams.

Matt went to Weis while he was out running another errand and was finally able to get hot dogs! Plus a few other odds and ends like spaghetti, coke, cottage cheese and mayo. It’s been three weeks since our last trip out so we were getting low on some basics again.

Non-food related activities:

Watched Poldark. This is the second time we’ve rented it from Netflix only to have to appear on Amazon Prime the same day.

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Day 67: Random Leftovers, Sweet Potato Muffins & Fish Sticks

Meal planning is a little exhausting lately. We didn’t get as much meat on our trip the end of April and while we have a good bit frozen I’m never sure what is going to be in the stores when we go so I’m always hesitant to go too crazy and defrost a ton of stuff. I really want to wait until after Memorial Day to shop to avoid crowds since the state has only recently reopened (Baltimore City hasn’t but we don’t really have many grocery stores here so I drive to the county for groceries) and Memorial Day is normally nuts for shopping anyway. It’s often the first really hot day of the year and people like to party. Thankfully we get our produce delivery each week but it’s not always enough of any one item (one small bunch of kale!) to make a meal or it’s things like potatoes or onions that are great but again, not really the makings of a full meal.

For lunch we had a random assortment of leftovers. A single banger from Friday, potato cakes from Saturday, pita, lamb and hummus from Sunday. After lunch I made sweet potato muffins for Matt’s breakfasts this week. Matt worked late so we jettisoned our initial plans and had fish stick sandwiches and kale with wild rice pilaf for dinner. We took some bone-in chicken thighs from the freezer to defrost for another meal this week.

Non-food related activities:

We still haven’t played any board or card games since this whole thing started! Not that we played them all the time but we did a fair amount. The days just seem so long yet short and we are spending to much time washing dishes and cooking and Matt’s been so busy at work we somehow seem to run out of time. I don’t even feel like we are watching that much tv. We are playing ACNH together.

We watched the end of Gold Digger on Acorn (a surprise happy ending!) and started the new series Dead Still.

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Day 66: Green Garlic Hummus, Lamb, Pita & Chips

For lunch I made some hummus with green garlic, green garlic lamb kofta and Matt made pocketless pita. We served with with grape leaves and tomato/eggplant from Trader Joe’s.

For dinner Matt had spaghetti with OTAMOT sauce (not sponsored!) and cottage cheese again and I had leftover carne asada with chips and salsa.

Non-food related activities:

Matt took Lulu on a walk and had some work to do.

We watched 2 episodes of The Good Fight on the CBS app and the latest episode of In the Dark on the CW.

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Day 65: Lox with Potato Cakes & Cod with Garlic Rice

I took a great picture of the potato cakes we made with leftover mash but somehow it isn’t on my phone? We added dill, onions, an egg and a few spices then made browned them in a skillet. We served them with lox, capers and sour cream. So good!

Matt didn’t feel great so we swapped out my plans for dinner for an lighter meal of Filipino style garlic rice, sautéd zucchini and (frozen) cod.

Non-food related activities:

I attended a meteor shower in New Horizons.

We watched more French mysteries on Mhz. I’m learning a lot of odder French words like for various historical events, pirates, fairies etc

Time is so weird. I feel like we get up then it’s suddenly lunchtime then I blink and it’s 7 and we have to make dinner.