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Well, the ponds are completely ice free today.

Last night, I discovered the car had a flat. Normally, I would have changed it, but it was raining – so I called for roadside assistance (might as well use something I’ve paid for). Waited an hour for the guy to arrive. Maybe I should have taken the 15 minutes and changed it myself.

Got home at 21:00 and saw I had limited foodstuff in the house: 2 cabbages, 6 onions, some garlic, 1 tin of condensed tomato soup, 1 can of vegetable cocktail, 10lbs of grapes, 12 clementines and pretty much any spice you want to name.

Now, I know what you are thinking: “Why only two cabbages?” Well … one was red, the other green.

Since the red one was older, I shredded it, added some onion, garlic, salt, pepper (lots of pepper, cabbage needs pepper) and some powdered stock. Cooked it with some water until done then added the condensed tomato soup and vegetable cocktail. Not quite paradise, it was lacking meat. Something I intend to rectify this evening. The dish is similar bigos a Polish Hunters Stew (except I should be using sauerkraut instead of cabbage). Always gets better over time. It is a dish you want to age for a few days. Tip: if you intend to buy sauerkraut avoid any that says it contains wine of vinegar. Sauerkraut is made from only raw cabbage and salt – no water, no vinegar, no wine, no nothin’ (I know because my parents make it and parents of my friends make it, even some coworkers make it).

I keep a minimum of food on hand in Ottawa because I hate food spoiling, so I normally do a bit of shopping Tuesday night.

JJ was disappointed that I wouldn’t be going to Montreal that night, but I explained that the car had a flat. “Which wheel?” he asked with earnestness. “The one right in front of me”, I answered. “You better get it checked out!” he exclaimed. His communication skills have been expanding by leaps and bounds. Some days I find it hard to believe I’m talking to my own kid.

I loved this show as a kid. I wish I could find it on DVD somewhere. I think my kids would be just as entertained as I was. But, then again, TV was much better when I was a kid (although SpongeBob SquarePants and Teen Titans are pretty cool ;-)

Tra-la-la, la-la-la-la

Picked up the image from here.

[29-December-2005: fixed broken hyperlinks]


Actually, instead of thinking, "Why only two cabbages?" I was thinking, "Wow, that guy keeps some really healthy food at his place!" (Which is amazing since that is your home-away-from-home where I'd normally expect to find bachelor-food (ramen noodles, macaroni and cheese, etc.)). ;)

Some of the blogger-hosted photos don't seem to be showing up today, so I can't see which show you were referring to. Banana Splits, maybe? :)
Richard said…
Hmmm ... the pics are showing up okay here.

I notice that, sometimes blogger has real issues with displaying images.

Well, the reason I don't have any real bachelor food is because I am trying to keep only low calorie dense foods around (less than 2 calories per gram) - so that means fresh food. Although, I do typically have rye bread around and eggs around. Last year, when I was on my own, I had much more in the way of ramen noodles, canned beans, cookies, cakes and stuff. My waistline has suffered somewhat for it (not that I wasn't already engaged in a war of attrition with my waist. sigh. to be 10 years younger).

You're right, it is a picture of the Banana Splits.

One banana, two banana, three banana, four

Four bananas make a bunch and so do many more.
Bee said…
I usually buy my grocery for a week's supply. By proper storage of raw food in a refrigerator helps maintain freshness. :)
Aw, I remember that show! Not available on DVD, huh? Bummer...
Richard said…
Bee: hey! I know that! :-)

Since I only eat in Ottawa between Tuesday night and Friday morning, I prefer not too keep too much stock around. Conditions just conspired to make my larder a wee bit more bare than usual.

MIO: Well, I certainly have not seen it available anywhere. I thought about getting them H.R. Pufnstuff, but I've never seen the TV series - only the movie with Mama Cass (which I have not seen available either - but maybe I am confused, since there seem to be 2 HR Pufnstuff movies). Anyway, I thought the movie was awesome and I think my kids could really get into it.

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