A Minor Setback on the New Year’s Resolution Front…Already

by Shawanda Greene

How I wish I had a profound money saving message to deliver tonight. I don’t. I wanted to give a quick update on how I’m sticking to the menu plan I outlined last night.

It looks like I won’t get around to making the Curried Rice with Shrimp. Rats! Just getting the year started and I’m already behind. Before you judge me, I’ve got a good excuse. I’m not feeling well, and I didn’t leave work until 9:30 PM. *Whine* That’s good enough, right? Plus, I’m still hungover from last night’s antihistamines. My asthmatic lungs aren’t taking too kindly to these freezing temperatures.

On the bright side, I went ahead and slow cooked the Black Bean Soup with Sausage last night. Seems several people had such high hopes for it. A colleague even commented on how good it smelled after I heated it in the microwave today at work. Well, I hate to say it, but it’s disgusting. It’s some of the most not very delicious soup I’ve ever had.

Maybe I’m the one sucks. It’s quite possible I hosed up the recipe, but it has a strong vinegary taste from the salsa. Reminds me of the time I misread 3 garlic cloves for 3 garlic medallions in a Greek chicken and potatoes recipe. (Don’t ask me how that happened. Although I can write, I clearly can’t read.) That too was disgusting, but I still ate it. And I’m going to eat my black beans and sausage.

Keeping with my New Year’s resolution of reducing waste by 75%, I’ve placed the failed dish in the freezer. I’m having it again tomorrow then I have to take a break from it.

*Hack, cough, sneeze* Feel sorry for me please.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go rub some Vicks VapoRub on my chest, then put on a pot of rice in preparation for the curried rice and shrimp I’m making tomorrow.

I’m sure you don’t want any.

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ctreit January 6, 2010 at 7:49 PM

I hate to say it but I felt entertained reading about your misery. I hope you feel better soon!


Shawanda Greene January 11, 2010 at 7:51 PM

I am feeling better.

By the way, what’s the point of being miserable if no one is entertained by it?


bloominglater January 9, 2010 at 2:35 AM

you're much too hard on yourself. i say, give yourself a break. there are times when there is truth in "it's the thought that counts." there are many people who aren't thinking of reducing waste this year, so you get some points just for that.

i heard an interesting interview today on NPR. it said that as americans, we've forgotten to really ENJOY our food. we've forgotten that it IS something to take pleasure in.

you know where i'm going.

why scarf down that nasty food just because you don't want to waste it. why not chalk it up to a failed dish, cut something else from the budget (whatever the full amount was) and try again?


Shawanda Greene January 11, 2010 at 7:58 PM

I do love food. As it turns out, the black bean sausage soup wasn’t terrible after all. I let it sit in the slow cooker a little longer and it doesn’t taste so much like vinegar anymore. I’m hungry so I might throw that on the stove real quick and put off cooking until even later.

I’m not going to tell anyone, but I’ll secretly feel environmentally and financially superior to those who aren’t as concerned about food waste as me. Hehehe.


bloominglater January 13, 2010 at 9:54 PM



levi January 9, 2010 at 5:32 AM

Sad to hear that. Hope you feel better now.


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