It feels like I have spent more time in hotel rooms than my own bed lately. It has been stressful and I was going to write about money stress but I don’t need any more stress right now. So, messy leftovers it is…
and, I return to the hindsight budget and offer a story. This time looking at food and dining. We spend oodles of money on food for a family of four. I have noticed that the “regular” prices at the grocery store have fluctuated every week. It is bizarre. Even more bizarre is that our weekly grocery spending has dropped. The only explanation I have is that we are eating less meat. (?)
Here is our food spending in 2012 and 2013 according to Quicken. We have done a great job on cutting back on restaurants. We didn’t receive a Christmas card from the local pizza place this year. They called me to ask if everything was ok because we had not placed an order in a long time. They had 69 previous orders on file for our house. Yikes.
Anyway, the food spending is understated because from time to time I will pick up groceries at Costco or Wal-Mart or other discounters. I don’t itemize those bills, so this is the best I can do.
There is a chance that our food spending my come in under $10,000.
My grandmother used to make us a special dish she called Skahee. (I have no idea how to spell it.)
Melt lots of butter in a hot frying pan. Add leftover mashed potatoes and every other leftover in the fridge. Fry until golden brown and enjoy.
My grandmother told us it was a dish they ate often when she was growing up in Northern Ireland. There were 14 mouths to feed in the house and the kids ate in shifts. The ones that were working and earning money ate during the first shift and the youngest children go whatever was left. Not a morsel was wasted.
After my grandmother passed away, I tried to find out more about skahee. I googled it, I searched through my grandmothers old cookbooks, asked family but I could not find any reference to it. I assumed it was gaelic and tried searching dictionaries to find the spelling. No luck. It has puzzled me that this dish, so common in our house and spoken about with such authority by my grandmother, is not referenced anywhere. What could it mean?
Recently, I was standing in my kitchen surveying the variety of leftovers on hand and it dawned on me. I understood what skahee is and what its origins are. I called my sons into the kitchen and told them that I needed to show them how to make a very important dish. This dish was handed down across several generations of our family and had its origins in Ireland. I would teach them and tell them about how their great-grandmother had prepared it for us and told us stories about her childhood. And one day when they have children of their own, they would teach them how to make the meal that is a very important part of our family heritage. They would learn how to make a dish called skahee.
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