I forgot to bring my camera so you will have to use your imaginations as to what our meals looked like. Sorry about that.
Here's a short list of the things that were put on the table to create with:
Cream of mushroom soup
Lots of canned beans
Canned green beans
A box of bow tie pasta
A can pf pasta sauce
Instant mashed potatoes
A can of Spam
We had plenty of spices, but no one brought oil or butter! Oops!
So, what did we make? Well, for starters. there were crab cakes made with the canned crab, powdered milk and Bisquick. They were more like crab pancakes but they were delicious!
Next up, a cake made with the cake mix, eggs and canned pears whirred up in a blender in place of the oil. What is it they say, necessity is the mother of invention? Yep, it is!
A casserole was made using the canned chicken and cream of mushroom soup, adding in canned corn and green beans and topping it off with the instant mashed potatoes made with powdered milk. A quick turn in the oven and done! It was very tasty!
Of course, there has to be a pasta dish. How about this one? Bow tie pasta with sauce, spinach and black beans! Really, it was good!
Two soups were made, one using chicken broth, canned chicken, canned beans and tomatoes. The other used RoTel, stewed tomatoes, canned beans and chickpeas, onion, and red pepper flakes. Both of them were very yummy!
So, what did we do with the Spam? We sauteed it with half an onion, added in canned mushrooms and creamed corn, some powdered milk (reconstituted), salt and pepper, made a few biscuits and voila! Dinner! It was surprisingly edible. And, good. :)
Dessert was canned pears that had been heated on the stove top so the juice made a syrup and the cake served with canned pineapple.
What started as an exercise to use what you have turned into a night of fun and friendship with a little culinary magic mixed in. We had the best time in that small kitchen, laughing and cooking, watching the sisters become inspired by what was placed in front of them and turning out meals fit for queens. It. Was. Awesome.
I would totally do it again.