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Day 64: Bangers and Turnip/Potato Mash & Tuna Salad-Bacon Sandwiches

I made bangers and turnip-potato mash for our “big” meal at lunchtime. I really do like getting the major cooking done early in the day. I had frozen leftover bangers back in March and I thought they’d made a good Friday treat type meal. Bangers and mash is one of those meals that’s simple but creates a lot of dishes and requires more timing than you’d think.

For dinner Matt made use bacon and tuna salad sandwiches. He had pretzels too. We had some open bacon to use up and we try to only use one can of tuna when we make tuna salad because two cans for two people is a little too much but really, one can isn’t quite enough for two sandwiches. The bacon helped bulk it up a little bit and I do love the bacon and tuna combo. Not every meal has to be elaborate!

We didn’t get as much meat or as much variety last time we shopped so I’m trying extra hard to make one easier/lighter meal each day and stretch out what we have. We are down to 2 packs of fresh meat, a package of sausages and a few ounces of smoked salmon from our shop two weeks ago. I want to be strategic with defrosting foods because I don’t know what will be in stock next time we go. I really don’t want to go the grocery store before Memorial Day if I can help it, I think the stores will be packed between the re-opening of the state and the normal busyness before Memorial Day. I normally try to avoid shopping that week anyway, the stores are always packed even during the day.

If I can make it to the 27th or 28th, it would be around a full month since we would have last done a shop. Matt’s birthday is the 29th and we are debating about getting crabs or fancy steaks/meat to grill. Or both. His bosses were urging people to use up vacation and mental health days so he took a long weekend so we will have a lot of time to kill. If I went to the store on the 27th, I could pick up things for that weekend too.

We have been debating about what should be our second store on the shopping day. Matt suggested Lidl (or even as a primary instead of Aldi) but we haven’t been to a US location yet and I’m not sure what they sell or what their prices are like. I wish I had made a point of going the one near-ish us but it hadn’t been open more than a few weeks before lockdown.

Non-food related news:

We watched Toni Erdmann (Netflix DVD). I think we could put together a subgenre of movies we’ve watched where someone wears a full body animal suit and not exactly for laughs. Where’s Poppa? and Morgan! both spring to mind. Another list: movies with punctuation in the title.

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Day 63: Tacos & Pasta Salad

Today I made tacos for lunch. I bought two packs of this “beef for carne asada” which I thought was seasoned two weeks ago at Aldi. When I dumped it in the pan I realized it was literally was “beef for carne asada” not carne asada seasoned beef. The long expiration date (bought the end of April, expires 5/22) tricked me! It was basically pre-chopped flank or skirt steak. Anyway, I tossed in some faux-tel tomatoes with peppers, onion and a bunch of spices. It came out pretty good! I used up the last of the cherry tomatoes and some coleslaw mix for toppings.

I had to toss the rest of the smothered cabbage. I was planning to have it earlier in the week but Pippi died and I forgot. I think it was too late to eat today. I made some fake crab pasta salad and some chips and salsa as a snack. Matt had spaghetti, cottage cheese and OTAMOT sauce again. He also made us some dandelion greens that somehow really wilted since they were delivered on Tuesday and they were so bitter I couldn’t finish them. They were “red dandelion” not our usual so maybe that was it? Bad food waste day.

Non-food related activities:

Watched Muppets in Space on DVD. Not one of the better Muppet efforts. Also watched another French mystery on Mhz.

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Day 62: Scallop Mi Goreng & Pides

For lunch I sautéd some baby bok choy from our produce delivery, shallot, chili oil and frozen bay scallops and tossed it with some mi goreng noodles. Bay scallops cook up in like 3 minutes and are cheap ($4 for 12 oz, I think) making them perfect for lunch.

For dinner we reheated the pides from Sunday and had the last of the peanut-pretzel bars.

I can’t believe it’s been two weeks since we grocery shopped! We don’t have a ton of fresh meat left but we have some. I had some shelf-stable food delivered. I hate doing it but we haven’t been able to find larger amounts of couscous or risotto rice or some condiments we’ve been out of for a while. I did a huge tip so that made me feel a little better.

I defrosted some bangers we froze back in the beginning of the shut down so that will be an easy dinner soon.

The full shut down order is ending here on Friday and I can’t imagine why. I don’t understand how they are enforcing stores to be at half capacity. I think this is just going to lead to another huge shut down.

Non-food related activities:

Trying to work on a new schedule without Pippi. She really kept us on a schedule and Lulu is much more chill and not a morning dog 🙂 It’s really awful being here without her.

Watched the new Nadiya Hussain cooking show on Netflix. She’s so peppy!

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Day 61: Turkey Salad, Salad & Beans and Rice

Today was a hard day without Pippi. She was so much a part of our daily lives and since she couldn’t do steps (dachshund) we spent a lot of time being her personal elevator. Matt took off since neither of us really slept and we cleaned up her things and took a nap.

Our produce delivery came early so I made turkey salad with the turkey we roasted on Sunday then served with this week’s lettuce and radishes (I used the radish greens too) and tomatoes I bought 13 days ago at Aldi (!), blue cheese and some red onion. We had homemade egg and cheese muffins with bacon this morning so Matt made some extra bacon so I added that too. Its sort of like a BLT meets Cobb salad.

For dinner I had the leftover turkey/beans/rice with a fried egg and Matt had some noodles and cottage cheese with OTAMOT sauce.

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Day 60: Turkey with Black Beans & Shrimp Rolls

Today was a hard day. Our beloved dachshund, Pippi suddenly had what we think was a stroke and died. The house seems empty without her.

I really wanted take out today for dinner but we managed to make shrimp roll for dinner after the upsetting visit to Pet ER.

Earlier in the day I made turkey with black beans and zucchini for our “main meal” at lunchtime.

Pictured above are the pretzel bars I made over the weekend.

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Day 59: Grilled Cheese, Soup & Pides

For lunch we had chipotle cheddar grilled cheese and leftover kale soup. For dinner Matt made some Turkish pides with ground lamb, zucchini and feta that were really good! We had never made them before but why not now? They only had one rise so they were pretty quick for a yeast based dish.

We also roasted a marinated turkey breast that had a sell-by date of tomorrow. I have no idea what to do with it! I bought it for something easy to have if we were tired or didn’t feel well but we didn’t end up using it. Now I need to think of some way to use up the cooked meat, I don’t think simply reheating in the oven would be very tasty.

We don’t have a ton of meat left in the fridge from our latest shop, we froze some but we bought less.

The pictures from Mother’s Day brunches at restaurants today are so gross. It’s frustrating to take so many precautions and know that the few times we venture out we could be mingling with these morons.

I also have realized that what most people seem to miss more than anything is people serving them, not actually being out and doing anything or seeing friends. It’s all wanting people to serve them at restaurants, watch their kids, do their hair and nails. The push for schools and camps to reopen is really disturbing. These teachers didn’t sign up to be martyrs so you don’t have to deal with your children during the day. Even if you don’t care about the teachers’ lives, do you really want to have to talk to your children about their teacher’s death?

Non-food related activities:

I finished Long Bright River by Liz Moore. I had tried to read it when it first came out but the lack of quotation marks was really off-putting. It makes it so difficult and annoying to read. If it wasn’t for that, it would have been a five-star-er.

We caught up on our CW shows. Riverdale is bananas as always.

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Day 58: Meatball Soup & Smothered Cabbage with Mac and Cheese

For lunch I made soup with chicken meatballs, kale and a bunch of other veggies from my produce delivery. I posted the recipe here.

I made some 7-layer bars that turned out well. I think they need to set up some more though.

For dinner Matt made smothered cabbage and we had leftover Old Bay mac and cheese. It made me miss Taste This take out a little less.

Non-food related activities:

I finished The Silent Patient and it was possibly the worst book I’ve read in years.

More The Good Fight.

It is freakishly cold! It feels like October or November.

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Day 56: Old Bay Mac & Cheese, Chicken Tenders & Shrimp

I have been craving mac and cheese for ages and I finally thought, why not just make it? What’s stopping me? I always feel like it takes so much effort but it really doesn’t. I posted the recipe here and it was so good! And ready in about 30 minutes. I made chicken tenders by dreding chicken tenderloin in egg yolk/milk/Old Bay then in bread crumbs we made from the heels of white and marble rye and frozen. Baked for 15 minutes at 450 and they were perfect! Flavorful and juicy.

For dinner I had some frozen breaded shrimp, a leftover pupusa and an apple and Matt had some rice with an egg scrambled with spinach.

Non-food related activities:

We watched more of The Good Fight. I worked a lot on Coconut & Lime.

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Day 55: Soup & Pork Chops w/Bok Choy and Mashed Potatoes

Kept it simple for lunch, I had some canned soup and Matt had noodles and cottage cheese. I spent many hours working on the Coconut & Lime migration. So tedious.

For dinner Matt made use pork chops with mushroom-bok choy-chile crunch gravy over rutabega-potato mash. It was great! We have a some pork chops and gravy leftover and deliberately made a big batch of mashed potatoes so we finally have some leftovers. Most of the meals we’ve made the last week didn’t yield any leftovers so it’s been a lot of cooking.

I ordered a case of our favorite pretzels today from Tom Sturgis. We had been driving up to Lititz, PA to buy them at the pretzel museum about every six months but can’t see us doing that any time soon. It was $56 for 12 14-oz bags which isn’t too bad per bag. Hopefully they have good expiration dates! Matt’s been really missing pretzels.

It’s been a whole week since we grocery shopped! Time is sort of flying.

Non-food related activities:

I finished The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary. It was pretty cute! I wasn’t expecting a storyline about prison.

I’m rewatching The Good Fight on the CBS app with Matt who hasn’t seen them before. I love Elspeth. I wish there was a spin off of just her.

Matt got a Switch Lite and Animal Crossing with some birthday money so we can play together!