WE EAT A LOT OF FOOD!Pine Tree Post | Food Page
The following scene repeats itself weekly - the kitchen floor is strewn with those reusable grocery bags, all filled with cans, fruit, bread, and sometimes pastries. The kitchen counter beside the fridge is overcrowded with dairy products, sometimes toppling over onto the stovetop. Oskie is toddling around playing with the three food long receipt from the No-Frills, while Lolli steps around him, diligently bringing in the 'Costco run' from the Van. Jen is sitting in front of the fridge sorting and organizing the contents, solving the never ending puzzle of how-do-you-fit-so-many-groceries-in-there.
Yet, in little more than a week this overstocked refrigerator will be bare except for condiments and a few tupperware containers half filled with leftovers (most of which head to the greenbin soon after). Where does all this food go? I can account for some of it in the pictures below. The rest, mysteriously disappears bit by bit each time the kids say, "I'm hungry".
Food is prepared, eaten, prepared, eaten...an endless cycle.
The weeks heading up to Christmas were an especially busy time in the PUTP. With many events, shopping, and even carolling, the time available for cooking was very limited. You may notice a few questionable food choices...but, doesn't everyone have those days right before Christmas?
Breakfast - The most important meal of the day.
No content. Not the best start to the day, or this blog post.
Lunch - A mix of school lunches and home lunches.
|Pizza quesadilla - Thanks for the idea Natasha|
|Typical Matt lunch|
The above picture shows Matt having a very sophisticated looking lunch at his desk at work. Notice the french press coffee (a blend called Folger's) and the chocolate (an Xmas present from his boss).
|Deli meat sandwich and dark blue fruits|
|Two identical lunches|
|The addition of couscous|
|The "Friday" lunch|
Ahh, the Friday lunch. The lunch you are not particularly proud of. When groceries are low, and you scramble to fill the small container with cheese and cracker and only find saltines. When you make a 10:55 pm trip to the grocery store Thursday night and buy prepackaged deli meat and the last of the day old buns. You may even pair similar looking fruit together such as pears and apples. Luckily, most of this will be eaten.
|Friday can be cheap eat day!|
Sometimes even Matt has a Friday lunch - a nice mug full of 'Mr. Noodles'...how embarrassing. On the plus side this dish only costs approx 33 cents!
Luckily, Matt usually has the leftover lunch to deal with. In some cases it is Boston Pizza, homemade bran muffins (his fav), and some fruit...sometimes it is not.
|Tuna melts, fruit, and cookies|
|Yummers, look at that Tuna melt.|
Home lunches were more on the hot side this month as the weather cooled down. Warm sandwiches and soups were seen regularly on the table.
|Habitant soup, apples, and tea...that'll warm you on a frigid day|
|Salad pic, with a salami sandwich creepin' in the background|
There was, of course, a salad or two. Blue cheese dressing was given out in generous portions.
Dinner - The 'big' Meal!
|*drool* White pasta...White bread *drool*|
Pasta is a quick thing to prepare on those busy days. And, even though the citizens of the PUTP know that whole wheat pasta is so much healthier than white, sometimes they pick taste over health. Good for them!
|VH sauce is the secret|
Pork roast with Medium garlic VH sauce is a regular meal in the PUTP. Paired with easy to heat vegetables like frozen corn it is a tasty meal.
|Looks much healthier with that salad eh?|
Caught on camera was not one, but, TWO, Delissio pizzas being pulled from the oven. This is a sight not seen in over two years! When will we see it again?
|Meatballs, pineapple, tomato sauce = Swedish meatballs|
Not only available at IKEA, swedish meatballs are a crock pot speciality of the PUTP. Sweet, hot, and filling they are a great end to a cold day of christmas shopping.
|Classic Turkey Dinner|
Even before Christmas a turkey was cooked up. This meal, and all the leftovers, feed the PUTP for days. A very cost conscious meal as well when the turkey is bought on super sale.
|Baked pasta and garlic bread|
A great looking meal was not loved by all the citizens of the PUTP. The baguette covered in butter and garlic powder was eaten without complaint. However, the ravioli in alfredo sauce caused one little guy to leave the table and storm upstairs in a fit of rage. It's strange how food can sometimes bring out such emotion in people.
Lolli goes Vegetarian.
During the month of December, Lolli decided she did not want to eat meat anymore. The head cook decided to embrace this idea and made many dishes with no meat, or with meat substitutes. Good vegetarian meals are always in high demand, so what better time to find some?
|Doesn't that look like meat?!|
A nice hearty, even meaty looking, chili was cooked up to rave reviews.
|One meat substitute|
TVP or Textured Vegetable Protein was the meat substitute added to the chili to give it that meaty look and feel.
|Yum, pad thai stir fry|
|Tofu is a meat substitute with a bad rep.|
Stir fry with tofu is a well known vegetarian dish. Switch out the chicken for the tofu.
Or, you can just add the chicken back into another dish...for the non vegetarians.
|Smokin' Stampede Chicken Wings!|
President's Choice Smokin' Stampede chicken wings are the wing of choice in the PUTP. Blue cheese dressing and veggies on the side make a great late night snack for the adults.
As a side update: Lolli has returned to the dark side and is eating meat again.
Baking - The part you have all been waiting for.
|Brownies with TEA...a surprisingly good combo.|
|Cookie or muffin?|
|So hearty it eats like a meal.|
|Dog kibble - made of chocolate and chex cereal|
|Haystack that lacked the stack|
|These blueberry muffins are not dead, it was just the lighting|
|Plain Bran - not Raisin Bran|
|Carrot cake in muffin form - is that even possible?|
|Hope you all had a merry Christmas|