Before I could continue my cook-a-thon, I had to do a shop-a-thon. Yes, I just got paid, and I hadn’t been to the grocery store yet. So, I set off. There are four groceries within scooter distance, and I hit three of them last night. I don’t usually go to Whole Paycheck, and indeed, last week was the first time I had set foot in the new store. I was disappointed in the store, it was not what I expected at all. There was a huge deli department, and actually it was difficult to find the miniscule grocery department. The store is in an area dominated by an arts college and lots of biotech start-ups, so I guess it makes sense to go with prepared foods. I had been hoping for lots of fine ingredients in bulk. Nope, not there.
The first market I hit was Metropolitan Market, a very upscale market. However, they do have a huge bulk section. They are too spendy for usual grocery shopping, however. I did get some fennel seed for my next bread, some unsalted sunflower seeds, and a bit of a mix of different types of brown rice that I think will be tasty.
Next stop, Safeway, my usual store. They were having a “buy one, get one free” sale, and so I stocked up on things like olive oil, plastic zipper bags, and cooking oil spray. My bill was astronomical, but I will have things for a while. I also bought a roast that was on sale to use for sandwich meat. But they were out of the ground beef that was on sale. I also bought a gift card to use for groceries the rest of the month, a trick I learned at a seminar on how to control your money. This is important for folks like me, who only get paid once a month, and seem to have no money sense. It’s like food stamps for folks that are a little richer, except you can use it to buy toilet paper and laundry detergent, too.
One of the things I had been looking for in the bulk foods was some baking yeast. Metro didn’t have it, but I remembered that QFC had bulk spices, and thought they might have it. So I rode on down there, and found they had a “10 for $10″ sale. Um, like you’re really going to buy ten of most stuff. Of course it is mix and match, so you can get what you want. And you don’t really have to buy ten things to get the price, but I guess “10 for $10″ markets better than “a buck a piece.” So I got some avocados, a mango, and some other stuff, and found my ground beef on sale here for the same price as Safeway, and actually available.
By the time I got home, I was hungry and exhausted. Dump cooking time. This is cooking where you dump a bunch of stuff together and eat it. So here’s the recipe for what I cooked last night.
1 lb. ground beef
1 envelope taco seasoning
1 box macaroni and cheese
1 can kidney beans
Prepare ground beef with taco seasonings according to directions. Prepare macaroni and cheese according to directions. Mix together and dump in drained can of kidney beans. Nuke until kidney beans are warm . Eat.