So, I’m no chef and I have not attended any type of cooking classes or culinary schooling. But my husband does like to call me the Master Chef of our household. He enjoys the foods I cook for him and never has complaints. I’ll sometimes hear him say “babe, you can sell this and make money! I would buy this!” I definitely don’t mind when he toots my chef horn, not that I think he’s biased or anything. I just don’t know if I could run a restaurant business nor do I want to kill my love for cooking.
Most of my cooking skills I’ve learned from watching my mom cook growing up, following Pinterest or online recipes, or just trying to get creative in the kitchen with what ingredients I have. The creativity part probably started when I was 11-12 years old. I would make my version of a club sandwich and my brother would usually request for one when I’d make it. I also came up with concoctions such as: hot dog fried rice, ramen noodles with scrambled eggs, and Vienna sausages on crackers topped with ketchup and mustard. Clearly, not the healthiest (or fanciest) of recipes…but at the time, that’s what was in the house and I made do with what I had! Not to mention, I thought they were delicious! Who’s biased now?
There’s times, such as today, that I have very little food in the house. The fridge is bare, the cabinets are looking sad, and the possibilities of making meals are no where in sight. Enter, The Starving Artist. Now, let me make this clear…the reason why we don’t have food in the house is not due to monetary complications, it’s more due to the fact that we’re too lazy to go food shopping. I plan our lunches and dinners out to cover 1-2 weeks. Most of our dinner recipes are enough to take lunch to work the next day. Planning takes time and so does shopping. There’s obviously plenty of other things I’d rather do on my weekend than go grocery shopping, especially when everyone else is shopping. Hello, anxiety. Even if the plenty of other things I’d rather do is, actually doing nothing. But that’s doing something, right?
During these times that I feel that I have 0 food in the house, is when I get the most creative. I find things that I have leftover and try to put things together to make somewhat of a decent meal. This morning, my husband went skating and I was left to fend for myself. I didn’t mind this too much because any morning I don’t have to wake up to an alarm, is a great morning. I don’t sleep in any later than 8:00am, especially since my dear pup Ollie doesn’t allow me to sleep any longer. Weekend mornings are usually her putting all of her weight on my face and giving me kisses. If she could talk, I’m sure she’d be saying “wake up moooom! Mooom, it’s time to play!” I don’t always think this is cute because I want to sleep but then again… how can you stay mad at that face?
Anyway, it was starting to get late in the morning, I was starving and decided to munch on some peanuts. When I realized, I was literally eating peanuts for breakfast, I told myself “Irene, get it together!”. Now it was time to get creative. I felt like I was trying to put scraps together to feed myself a somewhat decent meal at least to hold me over until lunch. I found some cheese, cherry tomatoes, hummus, spinach, and tortillas. I thought, hey, maybe I can make a quesidilla!
With said quesidilla, I wanted to have some type of fruit on the side. This also was not an option since all I had was frozen fruit, a lemon and some blueberries that were on their way out. Thanks, but no thanks. While walking Ollie, I looked at our neighbor’s Japanese plum tree and decided to pull some of those bad boys off to accompany my impromptu breakfast. I was pretty happy with my breakfast! It was clearly nothing fancy, but you work with what you got. I would have taken a nice, fancy, Instagram worthy picture of my breakfast but my breakfast felt far from fancy. Plus, sometimes you just want to eat and not wait to take the perfect photo of your meal.
I also chose not to take a photo of the ingredients I used because those were looking sad as well. The spinach was starting to get a little sketch. Not trying to embarrass myself here! I’ll do better my next food post. Anyway, recipe is below! Feel free to give it a shot! Leave a comment with your results. Add ingredients, remove ingredients, and have fun with it!
Till next time, my lovelies! Have a great week! xo – Irene