Monday 12 March 2012

What We Ate March 5 - 11

It’s been a different sort of week here.  I developed a severe tremor in my hands and, much of the time, I’m not able to feel my fingertips.  As you can imagine, this makes the kitchen a challenging place to be. 

The first day I was not feeling well no cooking went on at all.  After that, my husband took over the supper prep.  It was very kind of him, and he did a good job, but he’s much more a carnivore than I am and has an abiding fondness for Kraft Dinner.  On our budget, we just can’t afford to have meat every day, and I try to avoid using processed foods like the powdered "cheese" in boxed macaroni mixes.

Since we have no idea how long I'll have this problem with my hands, we made a plan to share the kitchen duties.  I’ll do what I can do, and my husband will do the rest.  He’s got some good knife skills and right now he can cut and chop more safely than I can.  I have more knowledge about ingredients and preparation than my guy does, but he's happy to learn.  He's viewing this whole process like a big science experiment.  I’m sure it will take some time for us to work out the bugs, but I’m optimistic.

We ended up spending almost twice what we'd planned for groceries this week.  We prepaid for two Good Food Boxes, and we bought some milk and cheese, some frozen vegetables, and a box of Kraft Dinner.  In all, we spent $38.93 on groceries this week, bringing our monthly total to $102.91; more than we have in our budget for the whole month.  Clearly, I'm going to need to find more money from somewhere to cover the extra.  I'm working on it.

Here’s what we ate this week:


  • Breakfast – Pineapple zucchini loaf, yogurt
  • Supper – A stir fry of cabbage, carrots, bell pepper (from the freezer), and onion in a garlic and ginger sauce, veggie ramen (made as explained here), pears in brown sugar syrup with ginger 

  • Breakfast – Leftover winter vegetable soup, toast
  • Supper – Turkey and broccoli pie, cabbage and beet slaw with sour cream dressing 

  • Breakfast – Toast, peanut butter, apples
  • Supper – Cornflakes and canned peaches 

  • Breakfast – Oatmeal and applesauce
  • Supper –  Baked breaded chicken legs (from the freezer), Kraft Dinner, cabbage, frozen peas, chocolate pudding 

  • Breakfast – Chocolate pudding, bananas
  • Supper – Cornmeal crusted cod fillets, baked potatoes, frozen green beans, steamed carrots



Jill said...

Truly hoping things get better for you soon. I know that must be very hard for you and my heart goes out to you. It would also be hard for me to turn over my kitchen to my husband, lol. He can cook, but it is defintely my area of the house! LOL
Have a wonderful day.


Aunt B said...

Thanks Jill. I'm sure things will get better.

My grandma used to tell me that things always work out. Maybe not the way you expected them to, but they do work out in the end. In the meantime, I'm practicing patience. It's something I need to work on, so this is a learning opportunity for me. ;)

So far, the kitchen experiment is progressing well. I'm grateful that my guy's such a good sport--even in the face of my reluctance to relinquish control. lol!