Thursday, May 21, 2009

Hi there!

No, I'm not dead and neither is this blog. I've just been stupidly busy and the blog has been hibernating. I'm actually cooking up the next installment right now. (Well okay, the oven is doing the cooking. I'm just waiting for the timer to go off at the moment.)

So, where am I going now that I've run out of all those fantastic secret ingredients? That's an excellent question. Glad you asked. Years ago, my mom gave my sister & I cook books of our favourite family recipes. Sadly, many of those recipes call for things which contain MSG, which is something I can no longer consume without experiencing crippling migraines. What has MSG? Many canned soups, dried soup mixes, processed meats, and those damn seasoning packets - which I now "affectionately" call "death packets". (Thanks for that one, Cy!) Because of this, many of these meals I haven't eaten in years. This makes me sad because, damn, they're tasty. So I got this brilliant idea...

Rather than just trying to recreate these recipes while substituting a couple of ingredients - which I've learned rarely produces satisfactory results - I'll completely recreate them. I'll use the methods and major concepts from the recipes but with a whole new flavour pallette. I've tested this with a few recipes, and the results have so far been spectacular, if I may say so.

So that's where I'm going for now. No, they won't always last a week, but they will at least go for a few days for those of us living alone. Or provide dinner one night for four, which also isn't too shabby for around $20.

That's another thing... I've considered hedging my price baseline up a bit more since things are seeming to cost more now. I've decided against that. Sure, that may make things a bit more challenging, but I like a challenge. At the same time, I'm not going to rake myself over the coals for going over $20, so I'd appreciate it muchly if you wouldn't as well.

I've also considered asking the local grocery store how they'd feel about me video taping my shopping process so that I might be able to offer some additional tips in that direction. So far I haven't had the guts to ask for a manager and bring it up, but I've been shopping there for nearly 5 years now. Most of the staff know me at least by sight. I'd like to think it wouldn't be an issue.

So there you have it. That's where I'm at for now.



transiit said...

awesome idea.

Maybe throw us a recipe from time to time and see what we come up with, yeah?

thorn said...

Also an awesome idea! I could post the original recipe along with the episode and see what folks come up with.

Seth, Jen, Hannah, and Cailyn said...

I totally can't wait to see what you do with them! I have all those recipes here and can't always get everything I need for them (like the onion soup mix for Last Flight).

As for the hits....yeah, I check EFAW everyday...sometimes multiple times a day to read your twitter, since I don't have one. I'm stalking you. LOL

thorn said...

Oh god, the onion soup mix... That's one of the worst MSG offenders. Yeah, hoping to have the new episode up before the weekend's out. I hope.

Oddly, the Last Flight "remix" is what I filmed tonight.

If you really wanted to stalk me, you'd follow my twitter feed directly at

Or, of course, you could just get a twitter account. There are even free apps you can download to monitor twitter feeds without having to launch your web browser. >:D

I'm a horrible influenza, aren't I?

Seth, Jen, Hannah, and Cailyn said...

I didn't realize you had a twitter page...and I've been "banned" from twittering. LOL

I'll bookmark your page so I don't throw off your blog stats. LOL ;o)

thorn said...

Banned from twitter? What did you do?!? :)

Nah, don't worry about throwing my stats. Do what you want.

Seth, Jen, Hannah, and Cailyn said...

Haha, not banned by twitter....from my spouse who, i fear, at times feels a bit of a web-widdower. LOL

I say, if I had twitter, he could keep up with me. ;o) LOL

Granny & Papa said... here's where I can get in on all those secret (ha) brother-sister conversations!