After I post my dinner later on tonight, I won’t be updating the blog for a while. We are moving on Monday morning so cocina de Elly will be closed for a few days. Plus, I won’t have internet access in our new place (oh the horror!) until May 8.
I was just attempting to clean my kitchen a bit and consolidate some of my herbs and spices. My goal was to get all my herbs/spices to fit on this handy dandy shelf I bought some time ago. The herbs have never quite come close to fitting on there, but moving gives me a chance to pitch spices I don’t use or ones that have lost their flavor after a while. So I thought I’d give it a whirl. I came close. Really close. I had to stick a few on the counter, and I couldn’t fit my bulk spices on there (some Italian seasoning, a huge bag of sumac and a few other odds and ends), but this is a definite improvement.
I really love those cute spice racks and carousels you can buy, but I could never widdle my dried herbs down to the 10 or 12 containers they give you. This was already hard enough!
I also thought I would post an update on my freezer inventory. I have been cooking primarily out of my freezer/pantry for what seems like ages. I have definitely made a huge dent in our freezer stash. In the meantime, I have become an expert at using the chicken drumstick in every way imaginable.
1 1/2 ginormous bag of shrimp
20 chicken drumsticks1/2 pork tenderloin
1/2 lb. ground beef
chicken sausages: 4 Italian style,
2 chipotle flavored 3 portioned-out flank steaks (about 10 oz. each)
2 chicken thighs
4 chicken breasts
6 4 whole wheat tortillas
1/2 loaf ezekial bread1/2 bag corn
1/2 bag peas
1 bag green beans (which I only like fresh so I have no idea why I even have this)
1.5 1 bag mixed vegetables
1/2 bag pitted cherries
1 small box snow peas
white wine, portioned out
1/2 loaf of tsoureki (our sweet Easter bread)
Not too shabby!
Before I start making dinner, I ask you…is it really necessary for anyone to have this many nylon cooking utensils? I mean, really.
PS: You may notice our “fruit” basket has 4 heads of garlic in it. Only my husband would go grocery shopping with a week left and buy me 5 heads of garlic. What can I say, he knows his wife loves garlic!