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20 Mar, 2020

Muddling through, making do

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

The other day I heated up a stale tortilla wrap on the frying pan, smeared it with PB from the back of the fridge, crushed a spotty banana into the whole thing, folded it, and ate it. Yesterday I made tuna salad, after many years of not eating canned tuna. It was GOOD. Why had I waited so long? (I’m sure Piper also wondered, because she loooooves tuna fish!)

Are you cooking more from your panty? Seeing leftovers in a whole new light? Growing green onions on your window sill? I wonder how the coronavirus pandemic is going to change people’s kitchen skills and perception of waste?

p.s. I am happy to report that my morning routine was mostly restored today, minus the mini-meditation. I’m calling that a win.

2 Responses to "Muddling through, making do"

1 | Wendy

March 21st, 2020 at 6:04 pm


Yes! The other day I looked at the stale bread products on my counter and actually considered making croutons. I used to do this when I was making soups from the Moosewood cookbooks 20+ years ago! We are really trying to minimize our trips out to the store and maximize our use of items in the house. I did not end up making croutons but I haven’t ruled out the possibility. I made a bunch of French toast instead. Our (grand)parents can teach us so much about making something out of nothing. We need to do what we can to protect them.

2 | andrea tomkins

March 24th, 2020 at 9:38 am


I made pita chips out of stale/frozen pita! I am trying to minimize trips to the grocery store too.

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