Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Moving Cuisine: Pantry & Freezer Concoctions

Wanting a bit of a break before beginning grad school, I left my job on June 30. Instead of spending my days off baking bread, exploring Mangoes and Curry Leaves or constructing three-course feasts for lunch, I'm packing our apartment and attempting to clear out our pantry and freezer.

Some of my concoctions thus far are detailed below. If you have ideas that can help me finish off canned tomatos, tomato paste, canned artichoke hearts, garbanzo beans, cannelini beans, tuna in olive oil, smoked sardines, spaghetti, red curry paste, couscous, basmati rice, rice noodles, pearl barley, arborio rice, chicken stock, vegetable stock, frozen corn, frozen peas, frozen cranberries, frozen hamburger buns, frozen tortillas, and a frozen bag of ham hocks (?!?) please share in the comments.

Upper left: Pearl barley with parsley pesto and spinach; citrusy green bean salad (from Super Natural Cooking).

Upper right: Trader Joe's "spanish" rice; garbanzos marinated in olive oil and balsamic vinegar with red pepper flakes and garlic; tinned smoked trout; goat cheese.

Bottom right: Tortillas spread with goat cheese; pinto beans cooked with onions, garlic and stout; sauteed summer squash.

Bottom left: Bell peppers stuffed with couscous, Merguez, mystery sausage (not labelled in the freezer), harissa, spinach and feta.


jakartagirl said...

Use canned tomatos, tuna in olive oil and spaghetti for Spaghetti Al'Tunno...delicious!

Connie said...

looks good! good luck with all the life changes. its exciting, but a bit freakish, i know.

cookiecrumb said...

I can't believe how much LIFE you've been packing in before your big move.
Congratulations on snagging the apartment. West Village would have been great, but... only Ross and Rachel and Monica and Chandler, et al., get to live there. (I don't even know if that's where they "were," but on their salary? They could.)
Oh. I've been no help with your freezer. :D

Erin S. said...

jakartagirl--thanks for the suggestion! It's going on the menu.

Connie--yes, freakish is a good word.

Cookiecrumb--I can't either--luckily I've been able to get some good nights of sleep, otherwise I'd be going crazy. And yeah, I looked at one apartment in the village that was "merely" $1900 a month, but it was in the basement. With NO WINDOWS.

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