Never quite follows the recipe. Doesn't really measure. Tastes with her fingers. Somehow, it always works.

In which there is no ketchup

Posted: November 19th, 2008 | Author: johanna | Filed under: Johanna | 1 Comment »

I’m going to post this lunchbreak, to catch up to where we should be. I’m not going to backdate, even though i kind of want to. SO I’ll admit. I broke National November Blog Posting Month or whatever it’s called. But I got halfway through. Legitimately. And I’m not giving up and letting it go for the rest of the month, even though It’ll be tough because Thanksgiving is coming. But regardless…. here we go.

Monday. November 17th.
The plan had been to use the left over pork shoulder cooked on Sunday and do something fabulous with it. But since it was bad, there was no help there. And we didn’t really have much else in the way of…. food. Because when the plan ends, you need another plan ready to go.
So I turned to the staple of frazzled cooks everywhere.

Fritatta.

I had eggs, potatoes, an onion, and I scrounged up some pancetta slices. I even had some cheese left. (Honestly, I had a ton of cheese left). So, I shredded my potato and half the onion on my grater, and put them into a pan to cook like hash browns. These potatoes are weird, and kind of wet, so I had to press them out with a paper towel to get some of the moisture out so they would get a little crispy, instead of just mushy. I sliced up the pancetta into similar shapes as the potatoes and onion, and I got them in the pan as well. While everything got happy, I whipped up 6 eggs and some cream. Y’know, to ensure that we would still get our caloric intake for the meal.
I poured them in, on too high a heat, but whatever, and began to scramble. Added a little hot sauce, salt, and pepper. A little curry powder went in with the onions and potatoes.
It was good. I put shredded cheddar and the feisty romano on top. We finished off the boxed soup from last week, and had a small salad. Deeelish.
And of course, we had some ice cream with salted caramel sauce on top. Naturally.

Tuesday. November 18th.
The original plan for Tuesday was to have Pizza. Wall*E had arrived on BluRay and in honor of hte Captain of the Axiom and his desire for a pizza plant, we were going to order a pizza. But some things went crazy with our finances (ahem, holler student loan payment going up unexpectedly) and while we sort of have the money for pizza, it’s all tied up in savings accounts and suchlike. Not accessible. So regardless…. we made pizza instead.
We didn’t have much, so I worked with what we had.

Basic Pizza crust, sprinkled with mozzarella. Half a thinly-sliced onion. Garlic cloves smashied. Arugula. Gorgonzola crumbles. Olive oil over the top. Baked at 425 for about 20 minutes. Delicious. INcredible. You’d never know this was a refrigerator clean-out instead of a planned meal. In fact, I probably shouldn’t have told you.
Strike all of the above. This was a totally planned pizza. We wanted to make our own. And we thought that the above ingredients would go perfectly together. And they did. Teh End.

Tonight, I think we’re having boiled kale, inspired by Orangette, probably some others, Rachael Ray, and basically, my desire to be warm. I’ve wanted this for days, and I’ve never even had boiled kale before.
So, you’ll get a post tonight, my loves. I promise. I’m back on the wagon.



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