Monday, December 21, 2009

What to eat in a Blizzard

S and I were hunkered down for the weekend.  I was confident that we would eat heartily, using food from the freezer.

Friday night  - snow starts to fall.

Chicken noodle soup with bread and cheese.  I boiled the local chicken that was eaten earlier in the week to make stock.  Picked the bones and then made soup with the last of my garden carrots, parsnips and a local onion.  Added safeway brand egg noodles.  We are it with some french cheeses and french bread.

S brought his yogurt maker over so we started a batch that was ready by Sat morning.

Saturday - it's a blizzard.

I was looking at all my jars of grains and saw the wild rice and decided to see what I could do with that.  One of my favorite cookbooks (Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone) has a recipe for wild rice fritters.  It called for ricotta cheese and luckily, I had some leftover from an earlier dinner.  So, I made up the batter and we ate the cakes for breakfast with maple syrup (local from Maine - bought while we were in Maine this summer).  Also had oranges and grapefruits (bought from the elementary school fundraiser, shipped from FL - delicious).

We spent most of the day shoveling and sledding and then walked to my local fabulous store, Rodman's.  Bought beer and chips.  Came home and made nachos.  I fried up a can of black beans, seasoned with cumin, chili powder and chipotle powder, mashed them up and then added a can of green chilies.  Plopped on chips, grated cheese and baked in the oven.  Emptied the last of the salsa and added some homemade hot sauce.  Yum.

For dinner, I again looked at my jars of grains and decided on pea soup. I had defrosted the last of the local ham from last year's pig.  So I made soup with the last of my green and yellow peas, pureed it when cooked and added diced ham.  Took out some sweet potato rolls (made with tubers from my garden) and heated them up.  Found the last of the salad mix I got from my farmer.  Soup, salad and rolls.

Sunday - snow done, shoveling begins anew.

I ate the last of the fritters while S had homemade granola with homemade yogurt and local milk.

After shoveling, we picked up the kids as their dad was snowed in with no shovel - we brought the shovel and exchanged it for the kids!

Lunch as turkey burgers from the freezer, the last of the chicken noodle soup and pea soup for me. I made a fruit smoothie (strawberries picked last summer, banana, local honey, homemade yogurt and cranberry juice) for me and E.

For dinner, I took out the last of the frozen tilapia.  I made foil packets with the fish and for the kids, sprinkled with a spice mix from Penzey's.  For S and me, I chopped black olives and combined with capers, herbs de provence and lemon juice and topped the fish.  Baked for 20 min or so.  Meanwhile, S made sweet potato fries and I made a delicious pilaf with Israeli couscous.  Saute shallots in butter and oil, add white wine, then couscous, dried cranberries and thyme and chicken broth. Cook for 15 min.

I still have lots of food in my freezer and pantry!

1 comment:

  1. OK, Stacey, I think you need to write a blizzard cuisine cookbook! That all sounds delicious. Wild rice fritters made with ricotta?! That reminds me that I need to go buy some red grapefruit. That with mint is one of my traditional Christmas dishes.