Last night was the ultimate test. I was tempted to drop by the grocery store on my lunch break and pick up a few things for dinner. Luckily, I got busy at work and did not have a chance to go. If you have been reading my blog then you’ll know that I am trying to cook more, and use the foods I already have stocked in my fridge and pantry. I have developed a habit of going to the grocery store and not using the foods I buy. I attribute this horrible habit to my indecisive nature. I can say I want spaghetti for dinner, but end up making meatloaf. Seriously, it’s ridiculous, and I’ve wasted way too much money and food because of it.
I love having lunch dates, in fact I had one earlier this week with one of my best friends. The restaurants and “quick bite” deli’s in the neighborhood where I work are okay to splurge on occasionally, but spending $10 on a half sandwich and bag of chips just doesn’t sit right with me. I guess my friend felt the same way because we both brought bag lunches. Before I could even ask her what she brought, she blurted, “Yes, I did bring all of the ingredients for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I didn’t have time to assemble it this morning, don’t judge me.” Of course I wasn’t judging her, but I knew what she would ask next, and I didn’t want to seem like an arse, yes I really say arse, when it was my turn to share what I had brought for lunch.
No I’m not gonna shave my head, but I immediately thought of this scene from the movie Clueless when I decided on the title of my post. Just like Murray, I gotta keep it real. Although it may appear I cook like a maniac, appearances can be deceiving. I recently sat down and went through my bank statements for 2010 and about 40-50% of my purchases were food related. That breaks down to a ridiculous amount of takeout, lunches from the Deli around the corner, and worst of all fast food. After crunching some numbers I probably ate out on average 3-5 times a week. For me that’s insane! I love to cook! What happened?
I know it’s been a while since my last post but this wintry weather sent me into hibernation. Not to mention, I’ve been eating a diet consisting of ginger bread, sugar, and chocolate chip cookies. Ok, just kidding about the last part….not really. On a day like this in Northern Virginia, when the wind is blowing, there is snow on the ground, and the temperature drops below 20 degrees, I want nothing more than a big hot bowl of soup. However, I would gladly swap with someone who lives in say Tahiti where the breeze is blowing, there is sand on the ground and the temperature drops to a cool 60 degrees. Any takers? Well, I’ll be waiting for your call, but in the meantime how ‘bout some chicken and dumpling soup? It’s hearty like chicken noodle, and is almost like the filling of a chicken pot pie. Perfect for weather like this, because baby, it really is cold outside.