So, last night I ate the rest of my pholourie and potato balls with about half of the rice and peas I pulled out the freezer the other day. Finished it with an orange for dessert.
There was a little bit of tamarind dipping sauce left, so I pulled the container of tofu out of the freezer (I think I forgot to post the other day that I mixed up some oil and melted peanut butter and soy sauce and a splash of balsamic vinegar and chopped up the tofu into chunks and threw it in the freezer for easy cooking already spiced another day). Anyway, I just dumped the tamarind sauce in there, and stuck it back in the freezer right away. When I defrost the tofu down the road, it'll all add up to more flavour.
Since I was still pretty low on fruit and veg (and dairy) for the day, when I went scrounging for a late night snack later, I decided on cereal with a banana and milk. Finished up a box of Honey Nut Cheerios. Only 6 million boxes of cereal left to go...
For breakfast this morning I toasted up a couple of slices of sweet bread (coconut type bread with little bits of dried fruit) that were intended as dessert for the lunch they sent me home from church with last Sunday. I'd forgotten about them in the fridge, and they were a bit stale, but toasted with peanut butter and a nice cup of coffee to wash them down, they were pretty good!
I took a peek at my mystery container of food pulled from the freezer earlier in the week, the unknown yellow-ish stuff. Still too frozen to tell what it is, but it looks like it might have rice, and some bits of veg. Still unclear on what it is or where/when it came from. Still hoping it's not too awful. I should probably steel myself to eat at least some of it for dinner tonight, before I work myself into too much antipathy about it.
A reflection: I understand now, really, why I've never managed to keep up with eating down my stores for very long. It's because with just one person, and with food coming home from work on a semi-regular basis, it just takes SO long to see any noticeable difference. One box of cereal from among many. One package of rice from among many. A little dent in a bag of split peas. One container of mystery food comes out of the freezer, but I put two more split pea stew meals back in so I don't have to eat it every day for a week. I am really hoping that the next couple of weeks will tip the scale between "Eh, still looks the same in here," and "Oh, there's light at the end of the tunnel. Or at least, at the back of the fridge." In any case, my budget is definitely showing the difference. The money I take out of the bank is lasting longer, since I'm not popping in and out of Tim's or other fast food places more than once a week or so, and also, since I'm only spending about half of what I normally would on groceries. Hopefully that will help me keep going even in the face of the seemingly self-replenishing shelves. :-)