Friday, June 5, 2009

Goal for the weekend: Not dining out.

I love restaurants. This is fortunate because I spend a lot of my time on the road. When I'm in town, I end up catching up with my friends over a dinner. My business meetings with booking agents and attorneys and bass players seem to be over lunch or breakfast.

I can go to the grocery store for the week, then legitimately eat every meal out -- for business. And though I go to the grocery store because I think I should, I think it might be cheaper for a single person to grab a falafel here or there rather than cook meals and be forced to eat the same batch of chili for a week straight.

But over the past year or so, my friends and I have slowly moved towards a bizarro communal living. I keep Mueslix and Hemp Milk (Yes, I said Hemp milk. So I think cow's milk is gross, so what?) at Friend-who-cooks-pancakes's house. I keep other staples at Friend-with-a-Truck's place. My own house merely has a tube of Vegemite (Thanks, Wayne!) and a loaf of frozen challah bread. I am rarely home.

I'm thinking, however, that this communal-living thing could be advantageous to my recent desire to save money and cook meals at home. Last night I tried out a new recipe, which I found on my friend Joy's blog. It was a tofu-broccoli-peanut-sauce dish that was absolutely divine.

Joy is a food writer for Philadelphia Magazine as well as a cookbook author and a friend from my days at NYU. I haven't seen her in ten years, but her blog makes me laugh. It also has meal plans for the week, something I just cannot wrap my head around. Who plans what you're going to eat three days from now? I freak out at the thought of planning my afternoon. But I'm liking the idea of a week of meals eaten and enjoyed at home, or at least eaten and enjoyed with commune partners.

My goal for the next three days -- yes, the weekend -- is to not spend a dime at a restaurant, unless it's for a cocktail. I'm going to cook.

We shall see...

2 comments:

  1. So glad you liked the tofu-broccoli peanut sauce recipe. That peanut sauces is good on everything, and the tofu goes with any tasty sauce! Cooking and sharing with friends is such a good idea. I think it can be even more fun (and often better tasting) than a restaurant. Good luck not eating out this weekend. I'll be eating out twice. For work.

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  2. Wow...this is timely! This is an issue I've been mulling over for quite some time now. I'm also single--I love eating out with others & agree it's probably cheaper than buying groceries. The communal idea appeals to me. I find cooking for one to be depressing. Meals are meant to be shared. I've gone through stages where I pour over recipes and plan meals and grocery shop, only to be too tired after work to mess with it. Or something fun comes up and I go out instead. The amount of food I buy and then throw away is shameful.

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