I am calling this post Foodie Nightmare # 6, I am not sure that is the actual number but I have to believe it is in the Top Ten at least. Yesterday was supposed to be a pretty normal Saturday, I was going to hang out with a friend but I woke up with a major sinus headache so I canceled and went back to bed for awhile before running some errands, buying ingredients for a couple of upcoming posts; Ina this week, the Royal Foodie Joust, and so on. Got home, turned on the Olympics, started to write a post about samosas and decided I needed some ice. When I went to get it, I found water instead--oh _____!!!!(insert favorite curse word) -- it wasn't working!!! I opened the refrigerator--oh _____ !!!!! (insert worse favorite curse word here)-- it wasn't working either.
I'll spare you most of the gory details but it involved a trip to buy a cooler and ice, a trip to a friends with what I could salvage from the freezer (mostly just the fish still frozen on the bottom shelf) and a trip to Sears to buy a new one. (I should leave out smacking my head on the freezer at the store while grabbing ice and having a good cry in the car because it hurt and I was mad). On the good news side, Sears was having a sale; on the bad news side, the sale means they are busy and I can't get delivery until Wednesday! On the good news side, I'll have a really clean fridge/freezer; on the bad news side, I had to throw out a lot and that is so wasteful (all those wonderful ingredients). On the good news side, I also had to clean and sort my pantry cupboard too to make room for some of the dry goods I normally keep in the bottom drawer of the refrigerator (bugs in Hawaii) so I now I have a clean pantry; on the bad news side, I spent most of my weekend dealing with the entire mess.
It is pretty difficult living without a refrigerator--I would have sucked as a pioneer! My need for really cold water to drink is staggering, let alone all the food storage issues. My storage consists of two coolers right now. I won't be cooking much of anything until Wednesday I guess, but I have a couple of things to post about before then. The Baked Turkey Samosas post will happen tomorrow as I'm freaking exhausted right now.
Hope everyone else had a better weekend!
Post Addendum: You have to be creative living out of coolers and I am trying to work through the salvaged perishables so as not to waste or have to store more food. I had basically just slammed together some bags full of stuff to take to my friend's house--mostly freezer but some refrigerator stuff too. In doing inventory for dinner tonight I found I left myself some steak, a red bell pepper, cilantro and a package of whole wheat tortillas. With an onion, a lime and some spices from the pantry, dinner tonight was actually some pretty decent fajitas. I would have liked some guacamole but I did have yogurt and I flavored it with some cumin to put on top. Not too shabby!