What’s in the frig?
Time to prepare supper for a variety of preferences. Thankfully, the array of containers in the refrigerator, filled with the leftovers of the week, should offer nutrition satisfying everyone’s tastes.
Let’s see. What did we eat this week?
The containers fill the kitchen island surface. I love leftovers. Not only am I freed of deciding the menu, but it satisfies my compulsion to keep the house simplified.
That said, I believe leftovers should be tasty and presented well. A small amount of meat is combined with vegetables for stir-fry. Fresh macaroni and cheese added to the dollop of leftover pasta fills all our appetites.
In whatever form, I serve leftovers in appropriately sized serving dishes, respecting the gift that the earth has given us.
Before we moved into this house, the previous owners left their pantry of unlabeled gallon cans of food on the curb. The cans disappeared within hours. What brave eaters. (Or maybe someone took them for the metal.)
I open containers, imagining the recipient of those unlabeled cans. Will I be surprised with pleasure or abhorrence?
I have found empty milk jugs in the cupboard, empty peanut jars upside down in the pantry. On this evening, I discover one penne noodle in the box. Really?
Like our girls who were adept at leaving one square of toilet paper to avoid the torturous task of replacing the roll, the consumer of this pasta escaped recycling the container.
No longer pressured by time to fulfill too many obligations, I find humor in these surprises. I imagine the thought process of the boy who in hunger grabbed the carbs for instant energy, then rationalized that he could save time by leaving one little noodle.
Gotta laugh at that! I will miss it.