Sunday, December 26, 2010

The "eats" are coming out of my ears!

You know, I've never been a stickler for traditional breakfasts... I just figure that if something tastes good, and is basically good for you... it's all fair game - no matter what time of day you eat it.

Which is why I'm having an open faced hot turkey sandwich and green bean casserole for breakfast this morning.
With some antipasto and sesame crackers.
Okay, so maybe the last bit is a bit too much for breakfast, but I'm afraid that still haven't gotten out of the habit of cooking (or buying, for that matter) for a crowd.

It's a habit that comes in darn handy I guess, when you have a large family or lots of guests... but when you're basically on your own, with just a growing boy (and an extremely fussy eater at that) you can end up eating leftover Christmas dinner for a week - or throwing a lot out.
And that's something that just doesn't sit well with me.
I figure "waste not, want not".... even if the Boy turns his nose up at twice stuffed sweet potatoes with cranberries and walnuts at 9am.

When my kids were young, we always had "Pick 'n Pull" at least once or sometimes twice a week. Where for dinner, they would just go to the fridge, pick out whatever leftovers they wanted to eat, pull it out - re-heat - and eat.
Hence the "Pick 'n Pull".

It's something that works well if you have a large family and lots of holiday leftovers.

But when you don't really have enough family members on hand, eating large amounts and/or a variety of holiday leftovers - whether it's for breakfast, lunch or dinner - well... it can get pretty tiresome after a day or two.

This is my second day of turkey sandwiches for breakfast, and leftovers in general.... and so far, I've only managed to really finish off the olive dip.
And some chips.
Oh... and a box of Ferrero Rocher, if I'm gonna be totally honest.
But it was a small one, I swear.
And I only ate it because I was watching "The Bone Collector"on TV... and looking at Denzel Washington always makes me hungry.

You know what? I think I might throw some of this leftover stuff out in the yard - and give the animals and birds a late Christmas treat, eh?
Because quite frankly, I'm just about turkey and veggied out.

So for dinner tonight, it's gonna be corn flakes for me.
Maybe with a scoop of ice cream on top.

Because the food in the freezer needs to be pared down a bit, too, you know.
And I don't want the ice cream going to waste. ;)


joolzmac said...

Ha ha, I had turkey smothered in balsalmic vinegar this morning for brekky and cheese and vegemite grilled on toast last night for dinner - in the pyjamas I woke up in yesterday morning! Love it!

I think I am going to enforce 'Pick n Pull' dinners more often at our place.

I'm enjoying doing absolutely nothing, I hope you are too!

Cheers - Joolz

Becky said...

I hate to throw out food, too. I'm still eating on a pumpkin roll that I was given at work last Wednesday. I'm pretty much pumpkined out! My fridge is out so I oouldn't bring home many leftovers. Just using a shoebox size mini fridge til I can afford to get the big one repaired.
Can't you freeze it?

Kurichan said...

....wish I lived closer so I could help you out with those leftovers! ;-) and enjoy good company, of course....

Treehouse Chef said...

You made me laugh out loud because I can really relate to that. I am glad my husband likes left-overs because we always have some in the fridge. Wishing you a Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

I´m just about to start making some christmas food now :-) I didn´t get any since the stomach flu hit me, so today I bought a nine pound christmas ham :-) :-) :-)

Have a great day now!

Bz said...

Ha! Fixing to go to bed, but wanted to catch a bit of reading first WITH A BOWL OF leftover Christmas GREEN BEANS & BACON that my mom made ... yummmmmmmeeeee. And it's WAY late (for me)- 10:41 PM at this writing... and the beans are gone.
So, what am I getting at ... I TOTALLY understand the leftovers and various eating times of it all.
p.s. Poor boy doesn't know what's good.

HermitJim said...

No matter what else you do...don't let that ice cream go bad!

That would be a crime, for sure!

Roslyn said...

I am doing Pick'n pull this week, DH is in CO. with the GS's skiing so I am eating leftovers, roast lamb the past two nights, yum yum!

Marjie said...

Freeze the turkey to be made into soup. That will require the ice cream to be put on top of the corn flakes. Use the sweet potatoes in bread. Oh, and freeze the veggies for your soup. No waste, and some day you'll be happy to have that soup. We had no - ZERO - leftovers. So I have to cook every night anyway. *sigh*

Kerry O'Gorman said...

We're lucky to have chickens who are more than happy with the too much mashed potatoes and red we feel that it's an investment in egg production. I'm lovin the cornflakes and ice cream for dinner! And what could be better than chocolate and Denzel?! Happy New Year Kate!

Anonymous said...

I just wants to wish You a Good Ending of this year and a Gret New one!


Terry said...

Your a gal after my heart :)
I thought lots of other people ate what was left over and on hand until it was all gone !
It is so hard to adjust to cooking small amounts . So I have had to learn to be really creative as I end up being home alone way to often after cooking too much food .
Just popped by to see how things are going .
Blessings and hugs from Texas
Until Next Time
Happy Trails


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