Fight the Clutter
Money spent on groceries today:
7.50 Euro. Most of it went to the usual dairy staples we need for the rest of the week (cheese, milk, buttermilk, joghurt), the rest to some vegetables.
I also tackled what qualifies as my ´pantry´.. basically it´s a deep drawer, which isn´t very handy because I tend to stack things on top of each other and then forget what´s there.
There are still some stacks, but at least I saw everything again, and I know what I can work with the next couple of weeks. I didn´t have to throw away too much - except for the contents of some tupperwares that had been living in the fridge since before our trip to Tallinn!
Dinner tonight will be free (at least for me!). Tomorrow, pork with white beans and sage.
Another thing to think about. When I go on a trip, I usually bring back edible souvenirs. And my friends also often bring me stuff from their travels. For some reason, I hesitate to use these things. I want to save them for a special occasion, but can never seem to decide on when that special occasion might be. And before you know it, the expiration date has passed (even though sometimes these are things that stay good for years - when those years have passed by, it will.. eventually... go bad).
I need to start using the maple syrup a visiting eGulleter gave me, the lingonberry honey I bought in Tallinn, the pozole and Mexican chocolate Mark brought me back from his last trip to Arizona, the rosemary seasalt Marieke brought me from Corsica, the cocoa nibs I bought on Bainbridge island more than 2 years ago (they don´t have an expiration date, but I´m guessing these have indefinite shelf life).
Shop in my own pantry!