I actually believe it is always a good time to appreciate leftovers, but even if you are not as strict , you probably got the message from the past 3 months..
Learning to use what you have lying around is an essential skill for times when supermarkets are raided, stores are barely open and I even read that people that have never ever hunted before are applying for a gun permit.
That is , in my humble opinion, quite scary.
I have never hunted, and I hope to never be in this situation either, but from what I gather, it is a skill that needs careful learning before executing.
I remember watching one of the most wonderful movies I ever saw, “Into the wild”.
Check it out if you can.
A young man reads Henry Thoro and decides that he had enough of Bourjois life, leaves everything behind and goes to live in the depths of the woods, alone, with barely any equipment, and hardly any knowledge of survival in these harsh conditions.
Eddie Vedder (Pearl jam) did the soundtrack for this movie, and the result is a true masterpiece.
My point: after watching the movie I understood that hunting isn’t as easy (or romantic) as you might believe it is.
Instead of getting a gun permit, you can try implementing more love towards the groceries you have already hunted at the supermarket.
Got a lot of apples and bananas and some are showing signs of advanced maturity?
Peel the bananas and freeze for smoothies and ice-cream, and mash the apples into apple sauce, plus both can be used to make vegan healthy oatmeal cookies:
Those oatmeal cookies are a staple here at my house, super easy to make and big on the nutritious section.
I mix 3 cups of ground oatmeal ( I bring it at home-with same Braun hand mixer pictured above), wheat fiber (3 tbsp), the ultimate vegan egg substitute-ground flax seeds mixed with water or soy milk-(I use 3 tbsp +about 1 cup of water/soy milk-let it soak for 15 minutes- you will be amazed how thick it gets), my home-made Medjool date spread ( soak pitted Medjool dates in hot water, then use your blender or Vitamix or Braun mixer to turn it into a spread- don’t leave out the warm water -they go in the blender too), raw tahini- about 3 -4 tbsp, 1 cup ground nuts, 1 cup cut prunes or raisins- should you want to go wild- use chocolate chips- but honestly there is no need- this is sweet and yummy with the dried fruits as well.
Now add 1 cup of whatever leftover overripe fruit you have -above apples-for example, or persimmons nobody cared for, nectarines- whatever.
Add 1 tbsp of baking powder and 1 tsp of baking soda, mix well- yes, you are allowed to use your hands, provided they are super clean and nobody is watching- make ping pong ball cookies-and put in preheated to 180-celsius oven for about 15-20 minutes- or until they turn brownish.
These freeze like pros and 30 seconds in the microwave revives them miraculously.
The second leftover trick up my sleeve today is my leftover brown rice trick:
Cut onions, garlic, bell peppers, carrots, peas, corn, whatever you have lying around shamed in the pantry, overlooked for so many days- throw in a pan with a drizzle of oil, marinate tofu with soy sauce, agave/maple syrup, lemon squeeze and some olive oil, and when the veggies are well cooked0 add the tofu + marinate sauce to the pan, let it fry until it is all coated with a nice color, and the house smells like a restaurant- then add the leftover cups of brown rice- et voila!
This-too-freezes well, so don’t forget to do that – so you can pull out lunch or dinner next week and remember what a frugal beast you truly are, both using leftovers+ not ordering out.
Enjoy- the cooliflower.