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Sunday, March 04, 2007

My dad says I share the ability of other cooking-minded people to be able to look at an empty fridge, shake it, and have a delicious meal fall out.

Today when we got home from church, there were five rumbling tummies coming in our door--and I had not planned anything for lunch. I opened the fridge and scanned the contents, then started taking a few things here, some leftovers there, and this and that and pulling them out onto the counter. Forty-five minutes later we were enjoying a delicious lunch of Maple-Glazed Turkey Sausages, and Curried Apple and Yam Sauté with the leftover gourmet salad from last night's supper. As we were finishing it off, and Jude was tucking the last bite of his second helping away, Jason asked him, "Did you like this meal, Jude?"

Jude looked at him with a look that said, Don't be silly, Dad. "This isn't a meal," he said. "Peanut butter and honey sandwiches, that's a meal!"

I'm beginning to feel that my talents are under-appreciated by certain members of my household. I can see it in a few years, while Jude is comparing lunches with the other kids at school:

"Jude, d'you wanna trade sandwiches today?"

"Lemme check. Uh...nope. PB & honey today. That's my favourite!"

"Darn. My mom always sends me tuna!"

"Yeah. My mom isn't much of a cook, but she does make a mean peanut butter and honey sandwich!"

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  1. Oh that's hilarious, Talena! I can just hear him saying it. For the record your meal sounded AWESOME and I would have gladly helped you empty your fridge and licked my plate clean.

    x and an o.

  2. Glad I brought you some joy! (Or, I guess, Jude brought you some joy!) We'll have to share leftovers together again sometime. Hugs and Kisses received and reciprocated!

  3. and im trying to figure out how not to go crazy figuring out what to give my husband for lunch everyday!! AND cook something different for dinner.. AND what to cook for the next day's lunch!!

  4. That's pretty funny...I can't say I've ever had pb&h, but it sounds pretty darn good! :)

  5. I concure with Jude. There's something so satisfying about sandwiches with peanut butter in them. I'm partal to peanut butter with banana.

  6. Funny how our tastes change in but a few short years. Your meal sounded amazing for just a few left-overs Talena! But in a pinch, I'd have to say PB+H is sticky yet satisfying too!

  7. Grafx - Leftovers are good--cook large, then re-work it into some new dish, and you'll save yourself a lot of work! (e.g. make pasta and meat sauce, then throw the leftovers in a casserole dish with some cheese and you've got next night's dinner! I realize this particular example might now work for you, but you get the idea.)

    Anne - My gosh, I didn't know there was anyone in North America who hadn't had PB&H. You must try it. Immediately.

    Ang - Oh, don't get me wrong, I love PB&H. (Or banana.) It's just somewhat irksome to discover that he would prefer this dish every day (or every meal), rather than the other much more labour-intensive options I present him with.

    Dawn - Mmm. PB&H is my favourite snack. PB&H is Jude's favourite, well, everything. He asks for it for breakfast, lunch, and supper. One has to draw the line somewhere! (I mean, raw honey is good for you, but not that good for you!)

    Hugs, all!


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