Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Not much to report for Day Two as the strategy called for buying a pound of beans today, which need to be soaked, so I bought two days worth of food yesterday and what I ate today was exactly the same as what I ate yesterday.
If I were to do it over, I would cook up the cornmeal fresh every day instead of cooking up a full cup at once. I think it’s better just cooked than reheated.
My favorite cookbook, Economical Recipes for Small Families (which I will likely discuss at length later) has a recipe for fried cornmeal mush that calls for refrigerating the mush overnight in a greased loaf pan then slicing and frying it, but it involves bacon grease and sugar, neither of which I have right now. Also I went with the soft version (4:1 water to cornmeal) and I think if you’re going to let it sit overnight and fry it up, you should make it firm, 3:1. And use bacon grease.
Mmmm, bacon grease.
The split peas and wheat berries was actually pretty good. I’d consider making that again, with some cayenne or sharp paprika for a little kick.
The good news is that I discovered that Compare Foods (my new favorite supermarket) has one pound bags of rice for 89 cents. So I’ll be back tomorrow for that, and tomorrow for dinner I’ll be able to have beans and rice.