This is how we get most of our groceries. In short, we go to South Africa and buy everything we can't get here in Mokhotlong. Then we cram it all in Rocky and drive up the mountain pass to get it to the fridge ASAP (usually about 4 hours drive).
Recently we had Sloppy Joes for dinner. I make my mom's recipe because it's comfort food to me and everyone likes it. The only modification I make is grating some zucchini into the ground beef and sautéing it up together. Once you add the sauce, you can't even tell there are veggies in the mix. It stretches the meat and adds something healthy! One of the things I miss while living in Africa is fluffy buns. Seriously, I cannot find buns as light and fluffy in South Africa as I can at Aldi. They are advertised as "crispy buns" and they live up to their title. So, I used to make the buns myself. Then we discovered a little bakery right here in Mokhotlong which sells really nice buns. They are more dense and a tad bit sweeter than traditional American hamburger buns, but they are fresh and cheap. And that's one less thing I've got to make myself. We frequent the bun shop. Usually when we go they are sold out. They tell us they'll bake more and Jono almost always has return later in the day to grab them for dinner.
To go with Sloppy Joes, I made cole slaw and I cooked some cob corn. I make slaw by finely shredding cabbage with a knife. Cabbage is ridiculously cheap here. I bought a half of a big head for about $.35. Although you can buy cabbage here in Mok, I always buy mine down in South Africa because it is already cleaned and I take all the help I can get. Then I shred some carrots and today I finely chopped some red pepper. I make a simple dressing using mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar. Then I add some salt and pepper and my special ingredient --- mustard seeds. I love mustard seeds and the little kick they give. I spring for the Hellman's mayonnaise which, being imported, is significantly more expensive than the stuff they manufacture here. Some things are worth it. In my opinion, good mayo is one of those things.
I have learned a lot about planning ahead since being here. Rural living has done that for me. I'm truly grateful for all the knowledge and experience I've gained in the kitchen by being forced to think through and learn all things cooking! If it can be scratched, I've probably scratched it. If I haven't tried it yet, I'm planning on trying it soon. No home ec. course in the world could touch this gig!