Between yesterday’s post (regarding my sudden inability to work with what I have on hand) and this week’s What’s In Your Basket? round-up, I’ve been thinking:
Do you buy what looks good (and/or is on sale) and then make a meal based around that? Or do you make a specific list of what you’d like to make and then buy what you need? Or some combination of the two?
Personally, I’m a compulsive list-maker. I need lists to function on a day-to-day basis; if I were shipwrecked, I’d be making a list in the sand and trying to do everything on it before the tide came in: find food. avoid The Others. build shelter.
So, I always make a list of what I want to make in the coming week. Sometimes it’s just a few, vague items (e.g.: chicken & veg) and I’ll throw together a couple other meals on the fly. But sometimes, like this week, it has to be a list of no less than seven extremely specific meals (e.g.: ziti with acorn squash and garlic, page 300, Vegetarian Planet).
I think February’s motto is going to be: screw creativity; I’ve got a list.