Saturday, September 27, 2014

#30MealsAtHome - Days 23 to 26

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This week felt like a defeat. I tried to anticipate the possible scenarios and have fall back options in the event that I could not cook.  I didn't anticipate getting sick.  Sick to the point that I couldn't muster the strength to handle any food. I must say though, we managed to keep to our commitment as best we could, given the circumstances.

On Day 23, the first night, I came home from work feeling so weak that I went straight to bed.  We ordered a pizza from the local pizzeria.

On Day 24, I barely managed to give my husband instructions on how to prepare some roasted Italian sausages with onions and peppers.  We had some nice rolls in the freezer.  Somehow the onion part of the recipe got lost in the translation.

On Day 25, my head was somewhat clearer then, and I wanted soup.  I was planning to make a piccadillo soup, so I brought out some frozen ground beef to thaw in the refrigerator. I thought I was ready to go back to my usual routine and go to work the next day.  I might have tried to do too much, that by late-afternoon, I was back in bed. My husband picked up some Pho on the way home from work.

On Day 26, feeling much better, but still not 100%, I looked into the refrigerator and found that the ground beef I brought out the day before was completely thawed.  I didn't want it go to waste, so I made our family version of Arroz ala Cubana and another Filipino dish, Pinakbet, out of all the vegetables I had in my refrigerator and freezer.  Our pinakbet had calabasa (winter squash), summer squash, green beans, okra, and bok choy. I keep a bottle of bagoong (fish paste) in my refrigerator.

Looking back, it doesn't seem to much of a loss.  So far, we've succumbed only 3 times over 26 days. We're adding those days to the end so we'll be going till the end of next week.


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