I eat like a king when my wife’s away. She was on a cruise a couple of weeks ago and I took full advantage. I made a big pot of French onion soup from a recipe that I stumbled upon that I had been wanting to try. I made various stir fry’s. She likes those but not nearly as spicy as I like mine so it was game on with the Thai chili’s. Went to the meat shop one afternoon and got a half pound of freshly sliced pastrami and made a hot sandwich with Havarti cheese on rye with au jus (the French onion soup and a glass of shiraz were a splendid pairing for the sandwich). Bairdi crab was on sale so I made a mini crab pot one night. It was lamb shank braised in Guinness over garlic mashed spuds and root veggies the Saturday night before she returned. There were other good meals but those were the most memorable. I never ate out once the entire time she was gone. Probably saved money even with some of the decadent menu items!
Now when I’m up north at the cabin by myself, I probably eat more like you normally do Reeldrag when the wife’s away. It cuts down on prep time and dishes and leaves more time for fishing and other outdoor activities. I’m not really into the canned soups and stews so I stop in at the Chinese buffet on my way through Rhinelander and heap up a big to-go box. That’s typically good for a couple of suppers and a lunch. Breakfast is usually microwaved Jimmy Dean sandwiches or a granola bar and a thermos of coffee in the boat.