Thursday, January 03, 2008

A Little Food Math



The Wife, when she was single, developed a very elegant formula for menu planning: one food per person. Figuring that the effort put forth cooking a meal should be roughly proportional to the number of diners, if you are having a big dinner party you would really blow out the stops, but if it was just two people sitting down to a regular dinner, why bother. And if you were dining alone . . .

The math is simple. Dinner for a family of four: four foods required. Maybe baked chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, and rolls. Just two people? Macaroni and cheese with a can of fruit on the side. Dining alone? One food will do. Being single at the time meant many meals alone, so The (Future) Wife frequently dined on a bowl of cereal. Or, corn. By itself, nothing else. Just a big plate of corn (from a big frozen bag). Or, a half gallon of ice cream.

I do all the cooking for the family now.

3 comments:

Heather said...

I don't know why this tickled me so. Love it.

The Wife said...

There are several fine one food meals! A baked potato is a good example. Some have asked if salad is one food. This is a fair question and while I believe that technically it is - it was not for me. Frankly, I have never made a salad. Shocking, I know but all that chopping, etc. Oi. Might as well make a five course meal.

lisagh said...

Your wife sounds like a very sensible person.

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