Sunday, April 15, 2012

Unemployment Chicken

Stretching a pastured chicken, thanks My Beloved's recent job loss, has become more of a necessity than it was just a couple of weeks ago. Don't get me wrong - I'm always pretty frugal with food - but when my sweetie, through cronyism (hiss! boo!), loses about two thirds of his income, my tightwad gene is energized.

I don't mean to scare you - we are very fortunate people. We will still have money to pay the mortgage, the taxes, and the monthly bills. It's more the dinners out and the splurges on chandeliers that we'll scale back for a while.

Of course, we still want to eat the good stuff.

So, I will invent more dinners like this one, which turned out remarkably well. I had half a can of leftover chopped tomatoes from this dinner, and half a very small pastured chicken from another dinner, and that seemed like a good basis for a pasta sauce. I added chopped onion softened in olive oil, minced garlic, a bay leaf, some fresh thyme and oregano from the pot on our front steps, a light sprinkle of red pepper flakes to wake things up.

I took the meat off the carcass but didn't add it until the very end, along with a handful of thawed peas, so that when it went into the sauce it didn't cook, just gently warmed. Ladled over the pasta and served, we didn't even need bread to make a filling and frugal meal.

My Beloved has had many, many heartening calls from his industry friends, all saying "Are they crazy to let you go?? You're the best rep they ever had!" and offering him leads on other lines that he can pursue. That has soothed his bruised feelings a bit and given him the energy to start applying for different jobs. He's a buoyant personality and I know he will bounce back from this hit.

Just don't ask me to be polite to his former boss, who let my husband go just to put a crony of his (more hisses! louder boos!) in My Beloved's place.


17 Comments:

Blogger Greg said...

Grrrrr! Been there a couple of times in the last few. Sorry about that. Looks like you are still eating good. Be happy!

Sunday, April 15, 2012  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

Oh, what a sad story. I know MB likes his work, so I figure he's a tiny bit crushed. Chin up! Soldier on! OR: call it retirement.
You're not gonna have any trouble eating well on the cheap, Zoomie. Nice dish.

Sunday, April 15, 2012  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Greg, actually, I am happy. Never liked those bozos as they were all pressure salesmen with a NYC attitude. Good riddance.

Cookiecrumb, he's quite bruised by the unprofessional treatment - they didn't even have the courtesy to call - he was fired via email! However, he's as buoyant as a beach ball and will soon put this behind him. One thing we discovered is that he is NOT ready for retirement - gets bored easily. ;-)

Monday, April 16, 2012  
Blogger Hungry Dog said...

Zoomie--I hate to hear this. Wishing your beloved good thoughts and good luck in finding a new venture (though it doesn't sound like he needs luck--he sounds like he's brilliant at what he does). Your dinner looks great.

Monday, April 16, 2012  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Hungry Dog, many thanks for the good wishes. He's the best - I know he will conquer the latest challenge.

Monday, April 16, 2012  
Blogger namastenancy said...

Curses upon the former bosses - may their business go bust and may their ......Just keep on being the great two people that you are and I'm sure that the universe will smile upon you. Sacrificing a chicken or two along the way (unemployment chicken- how clever) can only help.

Monday, April 16, 2012  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Nancy, thanks for the curses as well as the good wishes! :-) We'll be fine, just mad!

Monday, April 16, 2012  
Blogger Toons said...

A pox on their houses I say! Cowards like that have no business being in-charge of real people. If your beloved will work on commission he can sell The Sauce! Pays a buck a bottle! No pressure, nobody else wants to do it either! Good luck and good eats. Cheers!

Monday, April 16, 2012  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Toons, thanks for the heartening words - you're right, these guys have absolutely no idea how to treat people with respect. Oh, well, their loss...

Monday, April 16, 2012  
Blogger Chilebrown said...

Buzz, I am sorry to hear about your job loss. Maybe we can hang out and play chess and swap stories. I am looking at job loss as a very positive thing and hope you can too.

Monday, April 16, 2012  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Chilebrown, thanks for the good thoughts. As far as I know he doesn't play chess, but he's good for swapping stories and hanging out. ;-)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012  
Blogger Chilebrown said...

Hanve you ever asked him?

Darts is more fun!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012  
Blogger Ms Brown Mouse said...

O Boo HISS to cronyism and reductions in treats.
How dreadful for B!
All the very best from us, fingers and toes crossed something wonderful is just around the corner.
xxx

Wednesday, April 18, 2012  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Ms Mouse - and all - thanks for the good wishes. As it turns out, you'll be reading in a few days about the good news that has surfaced already regarding his job status. And, yes, hisses and boos to cronyism!

Thursday, April 19, 2012  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Chilebrown, no, I never thought to ask him - he just didn't seem like the chess type. You can ask him when you two are playing darts. :-D

Thursday, April 19, 2012  
Anonymous Katie said...

Bummer about the cronyism.... good about the potential good news....
And I love the dish! This (and the pasta) remind me that I need to get some frozen peas!!!!

Saturday, April 21, 2012  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Katie, hope you found those peas - and thanks for the kind words.

Thursday, May 03, 2012  

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