20.11.06

Fridge clearing day


I laughed so much over breakfast this mornign with an article by Zoe Williams. Usually she writes about stuff I know nothing about, mostly to do with British Tv and such stuff, but today her dilemma is what to do with the stuff that turns up in her organic box. Read it . It´s very funny, and has good recipes, too.

I have nothing so sophisticated happen to me, but I do end up buying more vegetables than I should, because I just can´t help myself. But hey, if it was shoes, I would be broke, so it´s not too bad.

I shop erratically. Maybe I go to the market for some ginger I need for a particular recipe I just read about. Then I see some broccoli, and think, oh, that´s always useful. And then I pass by the fishmonger´s, say, and see some fresh cod roe, and buy it, and cook it for dinner, and forget about the broccoli and the ginger.
Next day, I walk into the market on the way home from the video store, and I´m thinking about apples, but then remember we were out of onions, or nearly, and since by now I´m carrying a big bag, what the hell, I buy leeks and a bunch of spinach too, and a quarter of wild mushrooms, why not?
And then José comes home and says, oh, I just happened to stop by the pizza place, and guess what, somehow I ordered this really sweet smelling thin crust marvel, topped with pepperoni and peppers, just how you like it. Funny, that.
And next day we have a dinner, and after that we go away for the weekend. And on Sunday I come back too tired to care, and just eat crackers and a bowl of yogurt.
Which means that Monday finds me looking at the fridge and shaking my head at my silly ways.
Opperation Clean Slate begins, and it can go the way of vegetable risotto, of pisto, of curry, but mostly it ends up as soup.
Today, I have a piece of celery, two leeks and a carrot. I also have soome rather good looking tinned tomatoes I bought in La Rioja a couple of weeks ago, so tomato soup it is.
And tomorrow I can go to the market with a tranquil conscience, which is even better than the soup itself.

I will post the recipe soon, for the benefit of all my Spanish friends who screech " HOT gazpacho, ew, gross!", and then scrape the bowl and ask for seconds.

14 comentarios:

Lego y Pulgón dijo...

Have the very same problem whith vegetables...
My solution: a bigger fridge. Maybe I could try organizing the shopping, but a bigger fridge is way more practical.

Anónimo dijo...

We can create a "too much vegetables in my fridge" club. (Los típicos por si acaso... )
Lego: no matter how big is your fridge, what's rotten is rotten... But a bigger fridge is always better than a small one, absolutely!

That problem has a bright side: you can create new recipes and challenge yourself: What can I cook with half an onion and...

Lego y Pulgón dijo...

For "almost rotten": jam. Have you tried zucchini jam? Another great solution: hens. But a BIG fridge, definitely.

lobstersquad dijo...

The club comes up with some odd things, and it´s fun. I love my "chutney manchego", with courgettes, peppers and tomato.
But Lego, beleive, no matter how big the fridge, you´ll fill it.

Anónimo dijo...

Haha, because of the imminent approach of Thanksgiving, I am desperately trying to clear my freezer. It's unfortunate... but I think some things will go to waste this time around.

Tanna dijo...

HOT gazpacho, now that sounds really good to me. I'm waiting.

Anónimo dijo...

Lego: since I live in a flat, I'm not allowed to have hens (lucky you!), but I like very much the ham idea. I'll try zuchini ham. Thank you very much for your idea.

Lobster: your chutney manchego is exactly the kind of challenge I meant. And sometimes they end up as one of your star recipes, like I see must be your case.

Paulova dijo...

Can't wait to see that hot Gazpacho recipe!

stephanie dijo...

Yes! A good soup made with the sad, listless things in the vegetable drawer makes for a tranquil conscience indeed!

Guru dijo...

Same problem. I try to stick to my list when shopping! but there are so many temptations ... and I´m so weak!!!

Anónimo dijo...

Do YOU do the drawings?

I'd love to have the recipe. My mom is addicted to gazpacho and I'd love to try this out on her.

xps dijo...

Sopa de tomate.... que rica.

ilingc dijo...

Hot gazpacho? Yes please!

I use to have the same problem, my housemate and I would do shopping once a week. Then we will end up going out for dinner twice a week and having take aways the other two days. Friday to Sunday is no cooking day. On Monday, we go to do our shopping again, and come home and empty everything in the fridge into the bin to make way for more things... Not anymore. Now I just buy what I need on the day. :)

Freudian Slip dijo...

Gadzooks! I'm afraid to even look in the back of my fridge!
Matt

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