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Sunday, May 29, 2011

My Supper of the Lamb: Frugal Cooking

My family keeps urging me to clean out the freezer and pantry. I'm trying, really. Frugal Son is always bugging me about this. Fortunately/Unfortunately, he arrived home from college bearing a diploma and a leg of lamb. He bought the leg of lamb at the campus Dairy Store, which sells the products of Ag School training. He paid for it with some of the Tiger Bucks that came with his scholarship and were soon to expire.

One of my role models in cooking, more for philosophy than actual recipes, is Robert Capon, whose Supper of the Lamb is a classic.

I've written about this book before, but turn to it again and again. Capon is an Episcopal priest, so his meditations on food are also meditations on spirituality. Anyway, the book tells how to get 4 meals out of one leg of lamb. Here's what we are doing.

Day 1: Lamb, brown rice, braised greens.
Day 2: Thai curry for Miss Em on the eve of her departure for Italy. Lamb, coconut milk, curry paste, eggplant, greens, onions, bell peppers. Veggies were mostly provided by our garden.
Day 3: Stay tuned.

I believe that frugal cooking and frugality in general are inherently spiritual practices. Transforming leftovers is one of my favorite things to do.

What's your favorite part of frugality?


Shelley said...

Definitely the satisfaction of 'making something out of nothing'; goes for crafts as well as cooking. I think of it as more a creative urge, but I can see what you mean about the spiritual aspect as well.

Duchesse said...

I find lamb the hardest meat to re-heat. The roast, then maybe moussake? But I'm crazy for lamb shanks and so there is none left over.

The best part of frugality (which I practice sporadically) is being able to do something good for somebody with money you might not have had otherwise.