Can You Imagine?

| July 11, 2007 | 4 Comments

Well, we are still struggling without a fridge here in my Cucina Bella. It’s certainly not easy. Meals are a challenge since everything has to be bought in the quantity to eat, no leftovers. Plus we are buying a new container of milk (and spending a fortune on smaller containers) because we can’t fit the gallon in the tiny mini-fridge. It’s almost worse than just not having power at all, since all the other appliances are just teases now . . .

We did request a loaner, seeing as we have one of those extended warranty thingys and are facing quite a bit of hardship thanks to this new fridge conking out. My husband was laughed at. Great. Wonderful customer service, right? But more on that another time.

So my question to you is, what dinner would you make that would use only enough ingredients to serve 3 without any leftovers?

Category: Thoughts

About the Author ()

Sarah Walker Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.

Comments (4)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. Jen says:

    We only have a mini-fridge in our Euro apartment. You’d cry if you saw our freezer. It’s easier to act like we don’t have one So, we shop for meals nearly every day. We’ve managed to cope for almost two years, though I smirk at it every time I go in there, and thankfully it’s just two of us.

    The first thing to do is get much of the fruit and veggies out of the fridge – most don’t need to be in there anyway. IF, and this is hard to do in the US, If you can find eggs that haven’t been refridgerated, you can leave those out of the fridge as well. Once they’ve been cooled, though, they gotta stay cool. You can also leave real butter out so long as it’s not sweltering in your house. Some cheeses, like blocks of parmesan, can hang out out of the fridge as well. Someone recently tried to convince me that milk could last outside of the fridge for longer than you’d expect, but I think you have to draw the line somewhere. ;)

    Our wee fridge basically looks like it belongs in a dorm room – full of condiments, beer, white wine, milk and small containers of the occasional left over.

    We basically reduce all of our recipes to avoid left overs (I hate them anyway). Our staples are stir fry, burritos or tacos, fish wraps (seared tuna with lettuce, tomatoes and avodados), pasta… Last night B even made some Asiany soup with fresh veggies. Oh we sometimes cheat and make Boboli pizzas with fresh veggies. :)

  2. Tonia says:

    Hi Sarah. I can’t imagine how awful it would be to be without a refrigerator. Omelets or a fritatta would be a good choice if Will likes those. You could buy just enough ingredients to use up. Good luck – I hope your fridge is fixed soon.

  3. Sarah says:

    Chickpea and tomato salad over microwave rice. Done.

  4. Virtual Frolic says:

    Hey – Funny you posted on pasta – I was going to suggest that. There’s a new brand from Italy that’s awesome (love the gorgonozola and walnut flavor and also the artichoke one).

    Anyhow, I actually thought about this and finally came up with an idea. How about pizza? You can buy/make the pizza dough, any leftover ingredients could probably be frozen. Same with the leftovers of the pizza. You could probably take the frozen leftovers and heat it in the oven…

    Ok that’s all I could come up with after a day =)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *