I mean, okay. I'm not saying it's rocket science or anything. People have been growing their own food for centuries, and mother nature does a good chunk of the hard work for you. But it's still a learned skill, and it takes practice to get it right.
So let's just say, I'm grateful that I'm not forced to feed myself purely from my garden right now, because I would probably starve. But I am grateful for the opportunity to have a garden and to learn skills that may someday feed my family.
Anyway. Why am I waxing philosophical about gardening right now?
Because I successfully nurtured a tomato plant that yielded...wait for it....three tomatoes. One of which was eaten by an extremely large caterpillar before I could use it.
So here I was, intrepid young blogger, hungry and staring down a largely empty kitchen. What in the world can I make with two tomatoes that will feed a pair of hungry people tonight?
As it turns out, I could make an egg-and-tomato pie
It's been a while, and I wasn't paying attention to ingredients so much as dumping things in from the fridge that needed to be used. But I do recall it using six eggs, two slices of bread (toasted, and crumbled into breadcrumbs), my two brave tomatoes, and half of an onion. I laid down the bread crumbs and layered up the tomatoes and the onions, then went diving into my refrigerator looking for help. As luck would have it, I had some sun-dried tomatoes lingering in the back of the shelf that I hadn't gotten around to using, so I plopped those in too. I also had a little bit of feta cheese that I added in.
I beat my eggs, poured them over the top, liberally seasoned with salt, pepper and fresh basil from my garden, baked it until it was firm, and bam -- eggy, tomatoey goodness.
Half the key to eating on a budget is learning to put together meals from what you have on hand.
So how about you guys -- any fun culinary adventures you've had lately that showcase your ingenuity? I want to hear about it!