Dave — Day 4

June 4, 2010 at 2:26 pm Leave a comment

My stomach was a lot happier with me on Thursday morning. Being my first day of holidays, I had time in the morning for a good breakfast so after sleeping in a little, I got started on making poached eggs (thanks to the allowance of vinegar) on toast, which are surprisingly easy.

Just bring a pot of water to a gentle boil, then lower the heat until the water just stops rolling. Add a few tablespoons of vinegar (it keeps the egg together) then stir the water so it makes a kind of tornado-like vortex in the middle. Crack an egg into a bowl and slowly pour that into the middle of the vortex. The spinning water will help keep the egg from spreading into a gelatinous mess. Let that cook for about three to five minutes (depending on how soft you like your yolks) lift out with a large spoon (preferrably one with holes) and dry the egg on a piece of paper towel. Homemade poached eggs!

That with a bowl of cereal had me starting the day on a full stomach for the first time this week, but only because of my own lack of time management.

And it’s time management that will be so important for me this weekend as I complete this challenge. Being on holiday, I’m getting out town to visit my parents in B.C. so it would be easy to rely on their fridge during the trip (my parents are the most hospitable people on the planet and I dare anyone to even try visiting my Mom without her making you a nine-course meal) but since I can’t, I’ve had to bring food with me.

Thursday was easy because I’d be in my car for most of day driving so I just packed a lunch. Two, tunafish sandwiches with lettuce (using zesty ranch spread in place of the mayo), a granola bar, some chocolate chip cookies and other snacks from my bag of treats, plantain chips,  and a couple cans of ginger ale. This isn’t really out of the norm for me as I usually like to pack a lunch for long car rides. And it also kept me full for the rest of the day.

But meals for the rest of the weekend had to be made before I left. One thing I’ve noticed as this week has progressed is how I’ve changed my way of looking at my hamper. Instead of seeing what’s not there and what I can’t make, I’m starting to focus on what is there and all the options I have. So, with breakfast — eggs, cereal, toast and an orange — and lunch — soup, bread, tuna, fruit and cookies — already taken care of, all I had to do before leaving was make three dinners. Leftover gnocchi will still be good for one of the nights, so I made another batch of sauce, using a second can of tomatoes, another green pepper and what was left of the eggplant, which I put in some tupperware and will have over rice another night. and for a third evening — HOTDOGS with a side of pork and beans, which I’m probably going to cook over a fire in their backyard.


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