I spent last night with the Tranquil Sea and the Sprite setting up the house for the Hindu festival of Diwalli. As a good step parent I respect the religious traditions of the Tranquil Sea even though it is not my own. Workers joke that I am now a Hinjew. However, I have not converted and do not plan to do so.
I went to the market to buy some items for Saturday. The middle daughter took the fresh pineapple and cut it in the traditional West Indian style it was simply amazing. The Sprite followed me to the market and got a few items.
Some of the odd spices and items I use found their way into meals. I tend to use barley more than rice. I usually have a bag or two of lentils around especially in winter. I am certain the ingredients I left to make an Isreali Salad will be long gone into something else.
I did leave several can of cut fruit for Thanksgiving. I like to make a huge bowl of Jello with fruit and whipped cream. I am too lazy to make stuffing from scratch and will look for a cornbread mix. The Sprite toasted up a few marshmellows that were meant for something else.
I guess in the days of tighter budgets everyone works with what is around in the kitchen.