"Bacon is the candy of meat."

Saturday, October 25, 2008

So good, so cheap

Well, given the abysmal state of the world economy, pretty soon I'll have to rename this blog "1001 Things To Do With Giant Sacks of Rice and Beans." But until then, at least I can practice the time-tested household frugality of actually eating up the leftovers before they turn into unidentifiable mush in the back of the refrigerator.

The other night I'd ordered a pizza and tossed salad from a local pizzeria, then never gotten around to the salad, which fortunately arrived with dressing on the side. I ended up making a tasty dinner for myself of the salad plus about a third of the giant bowl of excellent rigatoni bolognese (with fresh ricotta on top) I'd ordered for lunch and not finished. With that I had the last glass in a bottle of white wine we'd opened for Canadian Thanksgiving (referred to as "grown-up juice" by Baby Gateau) and the kids had pizza with an advance preview of the Halloween candy for dessert. Cheap! Good! Thrifty!


Dad said...

We are experiencing the exact same dynamic. The high-water mark so far: we had baked up a bunch of potatoes in the oven, and at some point diced them up and sauteed the cubes with spinach, shallots and mushrooms. It was a great side dish, and the leftovers lived in the back of the fridge for about a week.

One morning, as this tremendous mixture festered on the brink of rancidity, I threw it all back into a pan with a freshly chopped shallot crackling away in some olive oil, and wouldn't you know it the dish came back to life.

Then added a few eggs to the party and the result was the best scrambled egg concoction in recent memory.

Mlle Gateau said...

That sounds REALLY good. Sort of a vegetarian hash.