I’m traveling for work again next week — leaving on Sunday evening and returning the following Sunday — so meeting my no-food-waste goal involves clearing out all the perishables in the house before then. Even though I have been trying to buy exactly what I need, I usually do have some carryover from week to week; for example, when I went shopping on Saturday I already had an onion, some apples, a lemon, yogurt, eggs, and cheddar cheese that fit the “perishables” description.
I’m not too worried about the yogurt, which lasts forever (in fact, I bought more so I can have one in the fridge at work) or the eggs, ditto (I go through phases with eggs and in an off phase, it can take me over a month to finish a dozen; I’ve never had a problem). The onion I probably ought to use soon, but I think it will be ok for a while, or else I’ll give it to my neighbor before I leave if it looks like it might be going off. However, I definitely wanted to use the apples, lemon, and cheese this week, and also not buy anything else super perishable that I wouldn’t be able to use. What I wanted to avoid was getting to Saturday and having, say, half a bundle of parsley 🙂
It was kind of an expensive week for groceries, mostly because I need a bunch of household stuff (which I buy with my grocery cash) and then I got a little hazy at Whole Foods and in addition to running around eating all the samples in an attempt to pull my blood sugar back together, I also caved and bought several things not on my list. The horror!
Electrical tape, $1.79
Duct tape, $1.99
Toilet paper, $10.39
Frozen blueberries, $3.49
Tazo mint tea, $3.87
Unsweetened coconut flakes, $4.09
Sliced almonds, $6.99
2 avocados, $2.00
Total with tax, $38.80
Granola (bulk), $1.24
Tazo chamomile tea, $3.39
some really really really good cheese, $3.31
Banana (yes, just one), $.26
Total with tax, $18.69
Grand Total, $57.49 — ouch!
I am somewhat comforted because the duct tape and electrical tape were for taping up my laptop cord, which split this week. I spent less than $4 and hopefully it’ll last for a good long time, vs. $80 for a new cord. [Wrap split rubber with several layers of electrical tape, then add a couple of layers of duct tape to stiffen it and keep it from bending and stressing the wires more. I bought pretty rainbow duct tape, even, and I’m considering wrapping the whole cord top to bottom just for fun.]
I didn’t make anything new for lunch this week, so I’ll share my favorite brownie recipe. From memory, even, since I’ve made it so often. It is perfect: sweet without being cloying, perfectly fudgy without being too wet, nice crackly top. And you can make it in a single saucepan with a single utensil! A double recipe works in a 9×13 pan.
Butter and flour a 8″ square pan or a 8″ or 9″ round cake pan, or line it with parchment paper.
1 stick unsalted butter
1 c sugar
1/4 c cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
In a saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in sugar and cocoa powder [I use a rubber spatula to do my stirring so I can also use it to scrape the batter out eventually — you could use a wooden spoon]; crack eggs into the pan and stir them in, making sure the yolks and whites are well broken up and everything is fully incorporated. Stir in the vanilla. Dump in the flour and, on top of the flour, the baking powder and salt [skip the salt if you used salted butter] and use your spoon/spatula to stir up just the dry ingredients [you’re trying to spread the baking powder and salt out inside the flour, but don’t obsess about it] and then stir them in.
Optional, but highly recommended: at this point add about 1/2 c each of chocolate chips and walnuts. The chocolate chips will sort of half-melt and intensify everything. Mmmmmm.
Scrape into the prepared pan and bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.