Sunday, December 30, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
A few people have asked me, 'What did you eat the day after the challenge?' SANDWICHES.
Breakfast; shrimp po boy sandwich. I was at an auction and a company called 'Zydeco Bistro' had a truck there. It was probably the finest foodstuffs I have ever seen offered at an auction. Usually the food is terrible. Theirs was quite good. I also had two cups of coffee.
Lunch; quarter pound steakburger. Same company. I was there a long time that day.
Dinner; teriyaki chicken sandwich from Penn Station. They were on the way to our evening excursion. Also pretty good, I was hungry afterwards though, and had some snacks when I went home.
Monday, February 6, 2012
Turkey, baked potato, pea pods, applesauce, crackers, freezer pickles, and breaded polenta.
It was all pretty good. Thus the challenge concludes.
I will be posting some final thoughts in a few days, and I plan to post a few challenge inspired projects here. Thank you all for your support and interest in our little project here. I am sure we all learned something, and as soon as I figure out what it is I'll let you know!
This will be my final day in the competition, and pictured here are my first two meals of the day.
I had 4 eggs and 5oz of turkey as my only protein foods left in stores this morning. I crushed one of the eggs trying to get it unstuck from the carton. I ate two, and made a batch of crackers with the remaining one. Lunch used half my turkey, and the other half will go to dinner tonight. All my beans were eaten a few days ago.
The proverbial wind in my sails has really left since I won. I hardly ever thought about 'cheating' and eating non-challenge foods when it was a competition; for the past two days I just crave all the little snack foods - chips, little debbies, pizza rolls, you get the idea. Of course my food variety is dwindling, and that may contribute, but more than that I feel like, 'Why am I still doing this?'
I didn't have any real motivation to make it to the 37th day - that was my Mom's idea. I don't really care. I initially though that I would make it into the low 40's (I think I originally calculated 42 days.) Once I decided I wasn't going to deprive myself of food for the sake of winning, that number dwindled.
The reasons I continued are; a) I thought winning by taking my 'party day' on the day my Mom finished was poor form; b) I had perishable stores that needed eaten; c) I still had good protein foods available, and d) once I am finished, I don't plan to take on another enterprise like this for at least a year.
Enough about me, more about the food!
Breakfast; 2 eggs, applesauce, bran cereal with grape jelly. This was my Mom's blackberry applesauce. It is quite the delight. The eggs were of a questionable quality.
Lunch; skillet fried breaded turkey, pea pods, half a baked potato, peaches, crackers and tomato sauce. Bread crumbs don't stick very well when you don't have egg whites or something else to bind the breadcrumbs to it. As for the peaches, which I have never mentioned before; I went to make the mini pies yesterday. I decided to put some of the summer squash in them, but when I opened my last jar of summer squash they turned into peaches! Guess I should read the labels on stuff.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Breakfast; eggs, bran cereal, applesauce, grape juice. That was the last of the milk
Lunch; 4 turkey mini-pies, crackers and tomato sauce.
Dinner; 2 mini-pies, vegetable soup with turkey added, apricot glazed carrots.
Protein stores consist of 2 portions of turkey and 4 eggs. It will all be over soon!
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012
Breakfast; eggs, breaded polenta, apples, polenta with grape jelly. This jelly is fantastic.
Lunch; fish Friday! Last one, as I have no more fish. I had a little bit of turkey left over from yesterday too. Half a potato, green beans, grape juice, and crackers.
Dinner; slightly burned soybeans, crackers, green beans, and freezer pickles. I milled the bran and the rest of the corn I had. I got 2-1/4lbs of flour from the bran and 1lb cornmeal. Now I have some grains to get me through the last days of the competition.
I took this inventory yesterday, so some of this stuff has been eaten. I tried to keep it in the same order as the last inventory, for those who care to compare.
Canned and dried;
Grape butter, very little
Grape jelly, half a jar
Elderberry preserves 1/2 pint
Whole tomatoes 1 pint
Summer squash 1 pint
Apples in light syrup 1/2 pint
Dry beans (all soybeans) 2.5oz
Whit vinegar 1 qt
Wine vinegar 6 fl oz
White sugar 4 oz
Maple sugar 8 oz
Salted fish 1/2 oz
Wheat flour 4 oz
Corn flour 4 oz
Wheat bran 3 lbs
Elderberry oil 1 tbs
Vegetable oil 3 fl oz
Basswood nuts, small container
Bread crumbs, 1/2oz
Fridge and perishables;
Green onion, 1/2 small
Yeast, 2 oz
Milk, 1/2 cup
Grape juice, 1 cup
Apricot syrup, 1-1/2 cups
Eggs, thawed, 3
Applesauce, 1-1/2 cups
Raisins, 2 oz
Carrots, small bag
Polenta, 4 oz
Rose hips (pressed) 2 oz
Melons 1 lb
Grape juice, 1 qt
Tomatoes, frozen whole peeled, 2lbs
Green beans, 8 oz
Turkey, 4 oz
1/2 baked potato
As you can see I added some cheese to my inventory. I made it using the slightly sour milk. I added some apricot syrup to water and put it on the stove until it was hot. I added the milk, then stirred it until I saw the milk curdling. It smells and tastes sour. I am debating whether I should eat it or not. And no, if you weigh in with your suggestion, I probably won't listen.
Breakfast; polenta with grape butter, apples, eggs.
Lunch; turkey and noodles with garlic sauce, green beans, 1/2 baked potato, 2 tomatillos. A bit of milk and a bit of water, garlic, flour, and salt made up the sauce. This was a good meal.
Dinner; 2 eggs, bran breaded polenta, tomatillos. Lunch was very late today, and dinner came only 3 hours later. I snacked out on a bag of watermelon later in the evening.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Breakfast; bran cereal, fried polenta, 1 egg, applesauce. Remember how I said I am done with bran cereal? I am. But I sill need to eat, so there you go.
Lunch; leftover fish soup, breaded fried polenta with tomato sauce, crackers. That soup was still not good. The breaded polenta is a great dish, I just wish I had come up with it sooner. I will be eating it all too frequently in these waning days of the challenge.
Dinner; mixed vegetables with soybeans. I threw everything in the crockpot to make soup. I used the juice from canned tomatoes as stock, soybeans, fresh turnips, fresh beets, frozen and fresh carrots, turnip greens, and garlic. I didn't put the lid on straight or it got bumped off, because when I came in at dinner time it was cocked to one side and almost all the water had cooked off. It was still edible, save for a few choice bits. I can say with certainty now that I do not like beets.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Grazing snacks included polenta with loobee beans, the last of the applesauce zucchini bread, applesauce, bread and butter pickles, and a tomato vegetable soup I made last night with the last of the tomato sauce, last turnips, second last bag of carrots, summer squash, chives and garlic.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
For my grazing snacks today I took a salad (lettuce and carrots from the kitchen garden, beets, teeny tiny cherry tomatoes, beets and bread & butter pickle juice for dressing), cornbread with the last of the blackberry jam, applesauce, 1/2 baked potato and polenta with loobee beans and tomato sauce. I have to say that this was the best sauce I have ever had in my entire life (THANK YOU SHARON)!
Breakfast; 2 eggs, breaded fried polenta. Wheat reserves are quite low. I will have to focus my diet on more cornmeal dishes. I used the polenta I made yesterday for this dish, and then made a bigger batch for tomorrow.
I will re-mill the bran I have to get more flour out of it, I am hoping there is enough flour content left in it to make noodles and crackers. I don't have a desire to eat bran cereal any more.
Lunch; you don't get to see a picture. It was the crockpot turkey from yesterday, in soup form.
Dinner; cream of fish soup, crackers. Yes, I said yesterday I wasn't going to make any more crackers, but another evening at a friend's necessitates snack foods. I have naught but crackers left. I had been planning to make this soup for a while. I found the recipe in the American Woman's Cookbook and thought it was worth a try. I was adding spices and put a bunch of curry in it. Too much! My soup tasted like grass. Half my remaining milk gone into a lousy dish. Ah, well, you can't win em all.
Weight 3.4 lbs. The casting sand wasn't packed hard enough in a few areas so some of the detail was lost (in particular, the word 'from' is not on the handle.)
Monday, January 30, 2012
Day 28; breakfast was a bowl of bran cereal and 3 pancakes with grape jelly. This is the grape jelly Todd made entirely from ingredients at the Lohman's estate - even the pectin! It is very good, and entirely different from what you get in the store.
Lunch was some soup I made with soybeans, fresh turnips and carrots, garlic, and a few other odds and ends. I saved the liquid from the canned tomatoes and used that as the stock. I had a couple eggs too and some crackers. I am going to stop making crackers because I eat them all immediately.
Dinner was a bit of this and that through the evening, half a jar of pickles, some eggs, the rest of my crackers, half a potato, whatever. I got hungry in fits, and sated my hunger the same way.
Day 29; breakfast was just bran cereal. I am over bran cereal now. Nearly every day for 4 weeks - ugh!
Lunch was poorly planned. Everything was frozen that I wanted to make. I ended up having spaghetti with tomato sauce, the rest of my dill pickles, and some applesauce.
Dinner was the result of my poorly conceived lunch. I threw a bunch of stuff in the crockpot at lunchtime so I had turkey, turnips, carrots, and green beans from there. I ate about half a portion of the turkey. My eggs are thawed so I had eggs too. The polenta I made at lunch time has set up now too. I took a few strips and fried them. Polenta does not brown at all, it is quite disappointing. Then I had a revalation - coat it in breadcrumbs! Those came out pretty good, I must say. I am still a bit hungry so I will head off in search of the convenient.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Saturday, January 28, 2012
For my grazing meals today I had the last turkey pot pie, the leftover rice and pea pods from Thursday night dinner to which I added some chopped turkey, applesauce, pickles, chicory beverage and 1/2 ear of corn.
Breakfast; bran cereal.
Lunch; squirrel soup redux. I put a bag of frozen turnips and some garlic and cooked them about 20 minutes. Then I added the rest of the squirrel soup. It was quite a lot of soup!
I was full when I left the house this evening, but I know the hunger will creep up on me. I have a few eggs waiting at home later...hopefully I wont need to run out and stalk a rabbit in the parking lot here!
Another day down with minimal impact on my stores.
Just wanted to put up a quick post about yesterday. I had bran cereal for breakfast, then the turkey pies, some pickles, and some rice for lunch. For dinner I put the rest of the rice in the pumpkin soup I got in trade, and had a couple of eggs. Altogether I had 1/2 cup bran and 2 eggs out of my stores on the day. The trade day has given me quite a boost!
Friday, January 27, 2012
Yesterday I picked up in trade;
3 portions turkey, approx 2 oz each
1 qt pumpkin soup
1 pt grape juice
6 half potatoes
Frozen spag sauce
Frozen green beans
And from dinner I got leftovers;
2 turkey mini pies
AND from the garden I got;
Turnips & greens
A few small beets
A few small carrots
AND from what Sharon dumped out on the table;
I gave up 1/2 pt maple sugar, the wheat flour and 2 eggs for the mini-pies, 4lb cornmeal, 1lb bran, 1/2lb crackers, 1 jar of jelly, and a quart of summer squash.
My coffers feel quite rejuvenated! Not 48 more days rejuvenated, mind you, but still!
Breakfast; bran cereal, eggs, applesauce. This jar of milk is starting to sour, I will endeavor to make cheese again.
Lunch; a few crackers. I was running behind on the day, and didn't really get to make any lunch. I headed over to mom's and we made turkey pies and crackers. She let me root through her garden for turnips too.
Dinner; a feast! Kathy made a challenge food meal, and Sharon brought some rice too. I had squirrel soup, corn on the cob, spaghetti squash with tomato sauce, polenta with the same sauce, beets, pea pods, rice, and raspberries rolled in maple sugar.
Afterwards I took the last 2 12 oz bottles of wine I had over to Peter's. The berry wine was vinegar so I gave that to Peter, and then I enjoyed the last bottle of apricot wine.
The big jug of mulberry wine I made smells like rotted feet. I am not going to drink it.
Grazing snacks today include loobee beans with polenta, wheat crackers, beets with rosemary, two turkey pot pies, and applesauce with maple sugar and black walnuts.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Breakfast; polenta wth blackberry jam, 2 eggs, apples. I decided I would try my Mom's suggestion of polenta with tomato sauce for lunch, so I made the polenta at breakfast. I put a tray in the fridge to set up for lunch and had this bowl for breakfast.
Lunch; fried polenta with tomato sauce, salted fish, 1 egg, 1 tomatillo, apples. Nothing in this emal clashed per se, but everything was a few degrees in flavor off from any other thing. Nothing was bad, just a strange combination. To reconstitute the fish I soaked it in water for about an hour, then put it in a pot and boiled it for 10 minutes. The meat peels right off the bones.
Dinner; 1 scrambled egg, bread and butter pickles, cream cheese, and crackers. This spartan meal was taken to a friends house. I was a bit jealous of the Hungry Howie's pizza they got.