Dec. 12, 2012 7:23 pm
OT, but I had to chuckle a bit...
I live in Hamilton, DS#2 lives in Edmonton, 90 year old Father lives in Saskatoon, and outside of a few rare moments of "brillance" on the grill, he's not what you'd describe as a "natural cook".
He's off to visit DS#1 in Kenora for Christmas, so I sent him several pounds of various cheeses, crackers, nutsand so on that he enjoys...DS#2 laughs and says as its known that Dad hates to cook, she sent a number of "soft" food recipes, involving, as she says, about $3.00 worth of meat, in frozen packages that he can reheat and enjoy without he has to cook them himself, whereas te Greyhound freight chargewas about $25.00...DS#1 will load him up with the excess Christmas cooking and all in his suitcase, everything from ham and turkey to baking, and he will be highly delighted (as he says) that we did not buy him shirts, ties, slippers and socks.
For your friend, you are either going thev rigt way on your own, or being guided properly...I would suggest French Canadian Tortierre a sort of Shepherd's Pie that is more with ground minced pork, but just a killer dinner that can be frozen and reheated...you could make two or three, that you had one or two for yourself, its wonderfull winter food in January/February, likewise "Chicken Pot Pie" or the various ways to get out of the leftover turkey are a formof comfort food...
If she is exhausted now, in Mid January, her plight will be even worse, and everyone will have "forgotten" it by then
You could bea bit of a New Year's Angel by supporting her a bit more during that moneyless and chilly, let alone "thankless" time!