This week I worked on the food situation.
The ice in the cooler in the trunk idea didn’t work. The ice melts and makes all my food soggy. The first week I did this, most of the ice stayed frozen all weekend. I’ll have to work on ideas to make this work so I can keep food in my car on weekends. For example, yogurt or a pint of ice cream if I can’t eat the whole thing right away.
I’m really getting tired of nonperishable foods and fast food, so I removed my toaster oven from storage and put it under my desk in a giant cardboard box. It warms food quickly, but I really want it so I can bake. I bought a baking dish to fit inside it.
I rearranged the food and dishes in my classroom cabinet so they can’t be seen as soon as I open the cabinet door. This is because the principal has a few books at the bottom of my cabinet to distribute to teachers during future teacher trainings. I don’t want him to see my stash.
On the side of this cabinet, hanging next to the wall, is a dishrag.
For my storage unit, I bought a bin to keep my food in. It’s not as much food as I thought it was (or else I can’t find a box and it’s in there somewhere). Even though it’s not as much food as I thought, I don’t think I’ll be able to use all of it. I may have to take my sister back the big bag of sugar, rice, and popcorn she bought for me during my August visit, before I knew I’d be homeless.
I plan to go home at Thanksgiving.
I found this awesome website called supercook.com. I can check off ingredients that I have in my limited virtual kitchen (my cabinet, storage unit, and school fridge). It will give me recipes that I can cook with the ingredients I already have. Totally. Awesome.
I already want to try the mock fried rice. It only requires rice, garlic, salt, soy sauce, and an egg. I have all of those ingredients. I got excited looking at all the potato recipes, since I can easily store potatoes. I also have these eggs that I will need to use up within the next 2 weeks or so.
Frugal cooking tips by other poor people can be found here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/903778
Finally, I'm using a calendar as my food diary. I jot down what I ate each day. My 1st goal is to eat a vegetable each day. My 2nd goal is eat a fresh fruit each day. My 3rd goal is to drink 2 cups of water a day.