Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Cleaning Up

Wow. I spend a lot of time sitting on my couch during the day. I'm a software developer and I work from home. Yeah, waking up twelve seconds before you need to be to work is great, but it can get hard to put work down and transition back into real life when, a lot of the time, they seem to happen in the same room.

That, and I'm always amazed at how exhausting just thinking can be. Sometimes it feels like I've run a marathon when all I've really done is thought about what I'm going to do next.

How does this relate to cleaning up? Well, it doesn't really at all. Except that after a hard day's couch surfing, I'm exhausted. After cooking for the last couple of days, I've noticed that I have some leftover materials from the last couple of days. Honestly, I've got leftover materials from the last couple of months.

After looking through our near overflowing pantry and thinking for the 1,000th time "yeah, there's some stuff in here, but none of it can be used to make a meal," I decided to challenge myself a little bit. After taking an inventory of what was laying around the kitchen, I paged through a couple of my cookbooks and found a recipe that I could make with stuff just laying around.

I had a lot of leftover tomatoes and bell peppers from the night before. I'd also decided that it being November in a cold Northern climate and all wasn't going to stop me from making something distinctively summery. After some searching I came across the recipe for Polenta with Stewed Peppers and Tomatoes [1]. Perfect.

The result, according to the Wife: Ooh, anything with polenta is fancy (no, I'm not above scoring cheap points with the polenta, okay?). This is nice and reminds me of warm weather and vacation. It passes the restaurant test. Throw in some of the bread from last night and I think we've got a winner. Yay! Here's to using what you've got laying around.

[1] Klein, Donna. "Polenta with Stewed Peppers and Tomatoes." Recipe. The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen. New York, New York: The Berkeley Publishing Group, 2001. 132-133


  1. Some of the best meals end up being the 'whatever you have' type. Good for you to challenge yourself!

  2. Well-said Tami! Good job making a meal with what you've got...

    Happy MoFo'ing!

  3. That's my whole theme this week!