Five years ago, when we first started this project, our friends asked if they could have us over a lot and feed us. They were really worried that we wouldn’t get enough to eat. We told them no, because that goes against the idea of the project. This basically meant that we really didn’t see [...]
Even though the week ends tomorrow, this still counts! Right? So this week’s meal of the week definitely fits the criteria of using up food that I might not have gotten to. This is an adaptation on Arabic Shorobat Adas, a red lentil soup, and it’s very simple to make. The original version doesn’t call [...]
As you might imagine, we don’t really go out during February – which is why I’m blogging at ten on a Saturday night. After, of course, watching a Chinese movie that was really way too long. They could have cut much of the opening and still had a good movie. I am, however, [...]
I can’t believe I’ve never devoted a post to bread. Cheap, easy, tasty (but not fast), bread is more or less responsible for Western civilization. It’s a staple in our household and I bake a loaf around once a week (though more this month).
The method I use mainly comes from Jim Lahey at NYC’s [...]
One of the ways that we keep our food bill low throughout the year, and especially this month, is the Meal of the Week. All year long I make the Meal of the Week on Sunday evenings, then we have it for lunch during the rest of the week. In colder months, the Meal of [...]
Well, $56 in February started yesterday – or should I call it $56 in Februarch, since the four weeks will run through March 3? Nah, I’ll just keep it to $56 in February – it’s easier that way. For any new (ha!) readers who don’t know what $56 in February is, here’s a [...]
First off, a quick update from my new endocrinologist. Both my calcium and parathyroid hormone levels are just on the line between normal and high. This is good, but strange, so my doctor and I are trying a few things in order to figure out exactly what is going on with me.
The reason [...]
We’re heading downhill on our $56 in February, and I just wanted to check in and give a report. As of right now, we’ve eaten $27 worth of food (exactly!) versus a budget of $30, to be under budget by $3. A typical weekday meal starts with oatmeal, followed by a chicken stew of some [...]
February starts on Monday, and so does another $56 in February. As of right now, we’re going to try for year three.
So what am I talking about? For those of you who come here for Foreign Service related information, the next month might be a bit of a departure from the norm. As [...]
February is long gone, and I’m just now getting around to posting my final thoughts on such a busy month. On top of meeting my indispensable FSOA study group twice a week I spent so much time cooking that I didn’t really get a chance to blog. I can’t say I’m surprised since this happened [...]
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