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.