I would have never thought the day would come when I would cook with a bit of this and a spoonful of that. I watched in amazement as my grandmothers would put together meal after meal this way. I thought it would be hopeless for me to ever get that good. But I'm learning.
About a decade ago, I delved into wholefood cooking. This means that your ingredients are fresh and in their true state. It's up to you to make the wonderful dish from those ingredients. Since we grow/raise most of our own food right here, I've become way more creative in recipe formulation. Certain things, like baking, need to be more exact. But making delicious meals doesn't need to be exact at all.
Case in point: I had a bowl of macaroni left over from last night's dinner. (I don't make pasta very often, since it's not a whole food) What to do with a bowl of pasta. Well I thought I would make macaroni salad, but I wanted something more filling and can be eaten as dinner. So here's how it goes. I end up on Pinterest, search my main ingredient for recipes, and go from there.
So here's the original recipe as written by The Country Cook
Tuna Macaroni Salad
1lb elbow macaroni
3 (5oz) cans of tuna, drained well
3 hard boiled eggs
1 c. mayo
1/2 c. sweet pickle relish
1 tbl celery seed
1 tbl lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 c. frozen peas
Directions: Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain water from tuna cans. Chop hard boiled eggs and shallot.
In a separate bowl, combing mayo, relish, celery seed, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Stir in tuna.
Once macaroni is cooked, drain well. Put into a large bowl. Pour mayo mixture over macaroni. Add eggs and shallot, followed by thawed peas. Stir well. Put in fridge to keep cold.
So here's how it really went down in the Stoll house and this is typical. I'm one of those that does not make meal plans and then goes shopping. I create meals from what I have in my freezers, pantry and refrigerator.
My take on Tuna Macaroni Salad
Bowl of cooked macaroni
2 cans of tuna
5 hard boiled eggs because they didn't shell nicely for deviled eggs
4 green onions
1 c. mayo
about a 1/2 c. homemade green tomato relish
about 1 tbl celery seed
squeeze 1/2 a lemon
about a cup of sliced carrots
about a cup of chopped cauliflower
Put all into one big bowl and mix. Serve. And it was yummy!