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Day 1 – 9/1/15
A Crummy Start and A Note to Take My Own Advice
Crummy, crummy, crummy.
Literally. The rice was dry, and hard, and literally crumbling apart in my mouth. As I chewed laboriously, I thought of the many other times when I failed to take my own advice.
“Have a glass of water with every drink at the bar!”
And in this instance, “You can totally freeze your rice. Never put rice in the fridge! The amylose will crystallize at the temperature of the fridge and make it almost impossible to eat. ”
Let’s back track a bit, shall we?
After weeks of online research, in-person price comparisons, and calculations on Excel, we have created super-low budget recipes for the month that will fit into a teeny $50 budget (in Manhattan, no less!). On the menu for this week, we have Chawanmushi (savory steamed egg) for breakfast, Stir-fried Cabbage for lunch, and Braised Chicken, Potato, and Onion for Dinner – each meal served with rice.
The night before the challenge began, I cooked a big batch of rice for the week ahead. My original plan was to freeze the rice into individual portions, and thaw as needed. But when the time came to freeze the rice, I realized I didn’t have enough Tupperware/Ziplocks on hand. It was 11pm at night (way past my bedtime), I was lazy, and I convinced myself: “What’s the worst that could happen?” I scooped all the rice into a large Tupperware, and chucked it in the fridge.
Fast forward to morning of Day 1, I looked forward to having Chawanmushi with rice for breakfast. The Chawanmushi was great – silky and warm and eggy and perfect for the morning. But the rice was terrible: dry and chewy and tasted like paper.
Normally, I’d chuck this fail-rice out and make a new batch, but my mini-Manhattan budget won’t allow for such a luxury. So, here’s to a week ahead of gross rice!
On a brighter note, the braised cabbage was good, and the braised chicken, potatoes, and onions tasted amazing. I wanted to eat more, but sadly had to practice portion control.
Chawanmushi with rice – $0.50
Braise Cabbage with rice– $0.28
Banana – $0.19
Chicken, potatoes, onions with rice ~$0.60
1 Falafel – $Free! I ran into a shop passing out samples on my walk home 🙂
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Full recipes to come this weekend 🙂