When avoiding the grocery store for too long has caused a state of emergency in the kitchen, I turn to the obvious solution: breakfast for dinner. This allows me to put off the trip for…one…more…day.
Living life on the wild side like this on a daily basis, I’m practically uninsurable.
Last night as I intended to whip up some eggs, pancakes, sausage and toast, I realized we were out of sugar, flour, and even bread. With very little to work with, I was up to the challenge.
Desperate times call for culinary spin doctors, and the breakfast buffet was quickly renamed and recreated.
The “Foods From Around The Frig” Buffet was born.
***dramatic pause for applause***
I’d like to embellish the experience and describe it as the equivalent of traveling the world tasting different cultural delights without the hassle of leaving your home, only it’s more of an epicurean nightmare.
The initial buffet offers were the result of the failed breakfast attempt:
- 4 scrambled eggs – not enough to feed everyone but enough to start a war
- 8 links of sausage – of course plenty of what no one wants
- no bread – FAIL
- 1 bagel
- orange slices – bonus points for healthy fruit!
Desperate to fill in the holes, I scoured for ANYTHING to add to the feast and disguise my lack of preparedness. Digging through the pantry and the back of the refrigerator, I found these:
- 1 cup of wilted lettuce
- 1/16 bottle of ketchup – I don’t know what that’s for but it was a space filler and made the buffet look fancier
- 2 Jello cups
- 3 cheese sticks
- 1 sleeve of Ritz crackers – slightly crushed
- 2 slices of cheese – in their last moments of survival due to the fact that someone didn’t seal the package
- A jar of sliced black olives
- 1 can of chili
Bracing for the comments I was sure to receive and the 100th recommendation by my son to please go to the store before he suffers further chip withdraw, the kids appeared. I proudly motioned toward the result of my tireless efforts.
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They took one look, announced “Ummm…I’m not hungry”, and left. Can you blame them?
I think I’m allergic to the grocery store.
Feel free to contact my assistant for advanced dinner reservations for Friday night. They’re going to go fast!
UPDATE 5-5-2011: Thanks to Alexandra from Good Day, Regular People for featuring me on her blog today. If I knew I was going to have visitors I would have cleaned the house and put on some make up. It’s like TV cameras showing up at your house, and you are in PJs and sporting a bed head hairdo. She is a hoot! Check out her post Never Act Irresponsibly In Front of Family Members.