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Coral's Mystery Recipe Challenge

If you have read my recent post on what is still in the freezer, you will know that I still have enough food to last me for a few months. But I am bound and determined to make my way through it, trying my hardest not to buy too much food without getting through it first.

Generally, I am creative and can turn things into some wonderful meals. I do not often do that simply for me, so having someone else in my home this past month has helped me get through a good amount, because I spend more time when cooking for others.

I thought it might be fun to start a Recipe Challenge as a prompt for my fellow writers to view what is in my freezer , and help me to come up with recipes using what I already have, without having to go to the expense of buying a lot of new things.

Again, I want to remind everyone that the freezer is still full and can be used in combination with some of the items in my pantry below.

In my pantry (recalling without looking):

  • Several cans of beans--red kidney, pinto, great northern, black
  • Rice--brown, white, and jasmine
  • Pasta--gemelli, fusilli, penne, Filipino pancit canton noodles
  • Grains--quinoa and barley
  • Beans & legumes--black lentils and small red beans
  • Box of instant mashed potatoes
  • Canned tomatoes, tomato puree
  • 2 jars of sauerkraut
  • Jars of lemon curd, blueberry jam, strawberry jam
  • Quart jar of blackstrap molasses
  • Flour and sugar in limited quantities
  • Dried raisins, apricots
  • Irish oats (not rolled)
  • Nuts--almonds, pecans, cashews , sunflower seeds, pistachio (all shelled, and either raw or roasted w/no salt)

So, using my freezer foods, and the staples from my pantry (above), what might you come up with that would be new to me? I have a variety of condiments and spices, and will buy fresh fruits and vegetables, milk and plain yogurt, as necessary.

Remember, I typically live alone and do not care much for leftovers. As I am helping RGD, then cooking for two and four servings would also be great.

Should you choose to take on Coral's Mystery Recipe Challenge, and write your recipes, please make sure you mention me, if you would like, so I will see it easily in my notification, and use the following tags when you write your posts, so any of us can easily find them later:

#MysteryRecipeChallenge | MysteryFreezerMeals

Thanks, in advance, to all who want to help me save money, be creative, and develop and try some new recipes. The recipes I do choose to make, I will take pictures and write about the experiences of doing so, along with any adjustments I make.

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Kasman wrote on February 8, 2015, 11:17 AM

I'm afraid I'm not going to be very good at this. As a typical Scottish male of a certain vintage the only thing I know about a kitchen is that's where my dinner comes from!

CoralLevang wrote on February 8, 2015, 12:21 PM

kasman *laughs* And as an atypical American woman of Scottish and Scandinavian descent and being of a certain vintage, I walked out of a kitchen a couple of decades ago, but still maintained some of the same habits of my ancestors. emoticon :winking:

valmnz wrote on February 8, 2015, 1:57 PM

I'm sure you'll have many takers on this one, but I won't be one of them. I must admit though, I'm re learning to be quite creative with left overs.

CoralLevang wrote on February 8, 2015, 2:03 PM

valmnz I hope so! And yes, I am doing a lot of re-learning myself. One thing that I hope the Aussies/Kiwis/Brits pick up on is the Puff Pastry I have to use up. It was made in Oz, so I'm guessing someone will know what to do with it and have some ideas with some of the other ingredients I've shared in both posts!!

valmnz wrote on February 8, 2015, 2:13 PM

Aha, I may be able to manage puff pastry. Okay, you're luring me in 😌

BodieMor wrote on February 8, 2015, 5:10 PM

seren3 referenced this post with a creative idea I plan to pass on to my son who loves experimental cooking!

BarbRad wrote on February 8, 2015, 7:24 PM

I do't have recipes without leftovers. I love leftovers because they save me having to cook some new meals. I'd suggest you make black bean tomato soup, but that requires some onions, garlic, and broth. And I make a big pot of it so I can have it every day if I want to. Of course, it freezes. I should be making it right now, but I'm too lazy today to go do it. Don't know what I'll live on tomorrow.

CoralLevang wrote on February 9, 2015, 12:56 AM

Don't forget that I have my freezer full, too! So, we don't have to be limited to the pantry. :)

CoralLevang wrote on February 9, 2015, 12:57 AM

I have made many experiments in this past couple of weeks.

PriscillaKing wrote on February 9, 2015, 7:24 PM

Any combination of meat, beans, and if possible some greens and aromatic veg, becomes Cassoulet. My husband used to say I did too many variations of Cassoulet, too often. I used to say that was because he kept filling the cupboards with bargain-priced beans. (We eventually got the Sinatra Diet Plan and used it to force variety into our shopping and cooking. We kept buying canned goods on sale and had a few months' worth saved up when he became ill.)

CoralLevang wrote on February 12, 2015, 8:27 AM

I always loved the word, "cassoulet." Makes a casserole sound so much better. :)

crowntower wrote on February 18, 2015, 11:27 AM

I guess I have to ask my mom! Lol. But you have Pancit Canton? where you from? Hehehehehe.... Pancit Canton we eat it with rice or with bread for breakfast and coffee. I can eat two two packed of pancit canton with one bowl of rice. Hehehehe it is really yummy.

CoralLevang wrote on February 18, 2015, 11:34 AM

crowntower Yes, I have pancit in my cupboard. I also have calamansi juice and salmon heads in my freezer, and bangoong (sp??) in my refrigerator, among many other Asian foods.
I am an American (Caucasian female, age 59) who served many years in the military with many different cultural influences, and a love of learning.

crowntower wrote on February 18, 2015, 11:46 AM

wow! you have bagoong my goodness! it is summer here and Indian Mango is the best for Bagoong. My mom is a great cook of bagoong and Kare-kare. Have you tried Kare-kare?
I guess you have great adventures in your life. You are one tough and brave woman! may Jesus bless you in every area of your life. Amen.

CoralLevang wrote on February 19, 2015, 11:29 PM

crowntower Yes, I have made kare-kare before; though it has been many years. One of the things I do not care for as much is pinakbet, but I will make it sometimes, but I do not put the bitter melon in it. You said you were in summer? I thought you were in the PI.