As the saying goes, “if we don’t use it, we loose it,” whatever that is, which could be an asset but also could turn into a liability.
The beginning of this post might be misleading, as one could think of more complex events, when I’m simply referring to food. Or, perhaps what follows is a metaphor. More likely, it is what we want it to be…
Last week, my mind’s scanned the contents of my refrigerator. I was determined to put a stop to wasting food and instead of throwing away small quantities of this and that and feel ashamed, to be proactive and act before the this and that became spoiled and unusable.
Our bodies need extra calcium and we know the most efficient way to get it is by eating certain foods. One of the best, healthy sources is cottage cheese. The problem is that I dislike it, yet stubbornly I continue to buy it telling myself, this time is going to be different.
The concept of hiding an unpleasant ingredient among others one likes, is not new but might be easier said than done. Obstacles, such as, do I have at hand other ingredients that I like, and most importantly do I have all that is required for a specific recipe… or action?
I went on Yummly.com and searched ‘cottage cheese.’ What popped up was a recipe for ‘Creamy, Healthy, Chocolate Pudding.’ Great, I love chocolate!
The slight problem was that I had NO chocolate and the recipe also called for milk, and I had NO milk!!! Yet I was determined to hide that 1/2 cup of cottage cheese in some type of food and like it.
This is when imagination and a little knowledge of what goes with what in the kitchen came in hand.
This is the original recipe on Yummly:
2 Tbs milk and 1/4 cup chocolate chips. Mix and microwave for 30 seconds. Set aside.
1/2 cup cottage cheese, 10 oz cream cheese, 2 Tbs powder sugar (use to your taste, and regular sugar was okay), 1/4 tsp vanilla extract. Blend ALL these ingredients in blender and stir in the microwaved chocolate chips and milk. Refrigerate. Serve cold. Makes 2 servings of 250 calories each, or a large one.
I had all the ingredients, except for chocolate chips and milk. I also had regular sugar, but figured since everything was going in the blender, oh well… my blender would have to work harder. Thank you, blender!
Was it possible to make chocolate pudding without chocolate??? Believe it or not… I couldn’t! However, I could make some kind of pudding…Remember? My goal was to eat the cottage cheese!
This was when imagination and a lot of determination came in hand:
I did have orange peel and bananas. I replaced the 2 ingredients I didn’t have with half a banana and shredded orange peel. ALL the ingredients were placed in a blender and the chocolate pudding miraculously became Banana-orange pudding.
In life, as in the kitchen, the “recipes” given to us sometimes don’t fit our specific situations. Always question, HOW COULD I MAKE THIS WORK???
There are no guarantees, but as a rule, don’t give up, look at the entire picture and DISCOVER YOUR OWN POSSIBILITIES.
Last night I was determined to sit at my laptop and search until I find that expert in cyber security who will help me, with… surprise, a cyber security problem!
What happened next is a perfect explanation of the term “surfing the net.”
I started by reading an article, I believe on http://www.lifehacker.com on why it was safe to log into new accounts with your Facebook or Google accounts. Most commentators disagreed. I felt I needed to voice my opinion in their support… and then, somehow, my eyes stopped on a young man’s picture and under his picture it read: Turn Ice Cream into Bread!
Oh, this was much more important than my cyber security, so I surfed to his site: http://www.adachis.kinja.com (Adam Dachis)
I read the recipe once, twice, three times. Still there. So simple, I NEEDED to share.
Then, the real miracle happened, down the page, he was giving credit to The Hungry Housewife via Wonderful How To!
Needless to say, my “surfing STOPPED,” and I didn’t know what to read first. So, I signed up for her e- newsletter and look forward to more incredible, yummy and uncomplicated recipes. Meanwhile, I wanted to say thank you and congratulations for a job well done!
The recipe is so easy, it made me blush because in my book, home made must be complex and take a long time! No more!
The recipe of the Ice Cream Bread:
Melted Ice Cream, add flour, 1 tsp. baking soda, a pint of salt. Mix well and bake at 350 until done!
There are variations but this is the basic idea. If you are an experienced cook, which I am sure you are, you will play with the quantities for the right consistency.
Today, while I was imagining the ice cream bread of my choice of vanilla, fate took me to one of her recent recipe: Bacon, avocado, tomato, grilled cheese!!!
This reminded me of an old joke: A man was trying to loose weight and avoid breads. His greatest temptation was that on his way to work he drove by a Bakery Shop! The day he started his diet, he thought to himself. “God, please send me a sign if I am supposed to start this diet. If there is no parking in front of the Bakery, it means I should start the diet!” With that deal in mind, he drove by the Bakery. NO parking space! He drove around the block…once, twice, three times! A parking spake at last!!! “Oh God, thank you for giving me the right sign!” and he entered the Bakery.
The lesson in this story: The Hungry Housewife is a perfect example of loving to do something (cook) doing it well and sharing it in a smart way! Bravo! The world needs more like you!
Oh, and for those who wonder, I am not paid, I make no profits by writing this blog. I just like to share and give credit when credit is due! Most importantly, God did give me a sign!
P.S. I still did not find that cyber security expert, so I am surfing the net again tonight!
Rodica Mihalis, M.S. Counseling and Clinical Psychology