WAITING FOR THE STORMS TO START
“It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.”* But that sure doesn’t stop her from fooling around with us. Yesterday she sent the temps up to 74F and cloaked what should have been a mid-winter treat with fog, damp and gloom. She also left me a bit under the weather. You know that semi-queazy feeling that automatically makes you think about the dreaded norovirus and makes you limit your food intake to chicken noodle soup, toast and tea. Well, when I woke up this morning I was hungry, and there wasn’t a thing in the house I wanted to eat. And that, despite the fact that yesterday I had gone to my local stupidmarket and restocked my cupboards and freezer with wonderful edibles. Though I don’t know what inspired me to buy … Probably the same thing that drove me to buy …
Anyway I then over compensated by adding ….
Then I read the ingredient list on the side of the bag.
OMG! I found a lot of those ingredients listed on the bag of wild bird seed I bought to feed the birds. It was rather tasty with my chicken soup last night and I now know what triticale is. It’s a hybrid cross of wheat and rye that was originally created for animal fodder. It’s also lower in gluten and higher in protein than wheat flour.
But I digress in my search for something to eat for breakfast. For some reason frozen pizzas and fish fillets did not inspire me. Neither did the two cubed steaks in the fridge that might become country-fried steak for dinner tonight. You know what it’s like when you’re really hungry, but nothing you see appeals to you … and you really don’t have anything chocolate in the house. So I decided to improvise and dip into my emergency food supply! (Surely, you have a cache of food in the cupboard should you have a power failure and can’t cook. Though I don’t know what you could cook with sardines.) But you can cook with a can of …
So I opened the can cut a couple of slices which I then diced and popped into my skillet to brown. Then I went to the freezer for the bag of diced potatoes. (You can use them for a lot of other things other than making hash browns.) I added a handful to the skillet to cook with the cubed meat. When the potatoes were cooked through and starting to brown, I got an egg from the fridge which I scrambled in a cup with a little milk and salt and pepper. I poured this over the Spam and potatoes and cooked until the egg mixture was set.
And it was perfect brunch for a day when you’re hungry and don’t know what to eat!
* It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature© was a line originally written in the early seventies by D’Arcy Advertising Agency for a television commercial for Chiffon© Margarine. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLrTPrp-fW8 Chiffon was a whipped margarine made from cottonseed oil that was packed in a plastic and promoted as a butter substitute. While Chiffon has disappeared from the dairy counters, the line lives on as a colloquial expression. SPAM© by the way is celebrating 75th Anniversary which makes it older than I am.
Posted on January 29, 2013, in MY LIFE AND WELCOME TO IT, Uncategorized and tagged emergency food supply, health nut bread, Mother Nature, shopping, Spam Hash Scramble, triticale, vanilla Coke, wild bird seed. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.