How many people does your fridge need to feed? Rosie: Two adults and two children, and occasional friends.
What do you usually eat for breakfast?Rosie: I usually have a piece of toast with avocado and a fried egg, or sometimes a tortilla with avocado or cheese and a fried egg. I pretty much always have a fried egg. For the boys it really ranges—for a regular breakfast: a small yogurt, sometimes with granola in it; cereal and milk or granola and milk; or a frozen waffle and an egg. Theo really likes to have a tortilla with a fried egg. Morgan eats any of those things, or sometimes a smoothie.
Is there anything you eat every day? Rosie: I guess I eat an egg everyday. I probably also eat bread everyday—I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t eat it for breakfast or lunch. And vegetables, but not the same ones every day.
Every week? Rosie: We pretty much have kale every week, and probably chicken and some kind of beans, like lentils, or black beans, or chickpeas.
What item are you forbidden from purchasing right now? Rosie: I don’t think there’s anything I’m forbidden from purchasing. The boys are moderated in terms of the kinds of sweets they can have. They only get dessert if they finish their dinner. Usually I have some sort of dessert thing around but sometimes I forget and it’s very disappointing when dinner is over and they’ve earned a dessert and there’s no dessert to be had—then I give them, like, a rice cake with peanut butter and chocolate chips on it.
What’s the most delicious thing in here? Rosie: Well, I don’t know how delicious this is going to be but it was one of our wedding gifts: it’s a duck and fig terrine from Provence. It’s really crazy looking and it was not refrigerated when we got it, and I was a little bit scared. I still might have to text Liz and find out if that’s ok. It says “servir frais,” so it must be meant to be served cold, but I don’t know that that means it had to be cold the whole time…. I guess we’ll find out!
The most disgusting? Rosie: In the freezer is the beef liver. Morgan: The leftover fat. That’s just straight up gross. It always gets replaced—we’ll fill it up and then throw it out. That’s the grossest.
The oldest? Morgan: We’ve had this saltwater taffy down there untouched for two and a half years. My mom made it for us. So it’s probably so good, right? It’s just sugar and butter. Rosie: This coconut oil has been in here for like four years. Why did I put it in the fridge? That and this molasses. Morgan: You’re catching us at a pretty rough time. It’s pretty empty right now. Rosie: Because we just got married. It’s all takeout food and leftovers. The huge tray of fruit is not something we normally have in our fridge. Morgan: We’re newlyweds. Rosie: Aaaw.
What's your guilty pleasure? Morgan: I don’t feel guilty about it, but this sauerkraut stuff. It’s kind of a weird pleasure. Rosie: Morgan will just sneak in there and take forkfuls of sauerkraut over the sink. Morgan: Usually it’s one forkful. Rosie: It’s so stinky! It smells like a horrid fart. Morgan: My farts don’t smell. Rosie: It’s true. Only every once in a while and it’s shocking. For me, it’s maybe peanut butter. I don’t eat it my normal life but every once in a while when I have a snack I’ll have an apple and peanut butter. Nothing guilty about that either, but it’s sort of like “oooh!” Fatty and tasty and delicious! Morgan: My actual guilty pleasure is something I do to my kids and to Rosie, too. When I make certain sauces, I add a bunch of butter at the end. It’s a new thing and it makes it so much better. Rosie: Yea, I catch him occasionally and I’m like, “hey, it’s not in the recipe to put a huge pat of butter in that pasta sauce!”
Where do you do most of your food shopping? Rosie: At Wheatsville Co-op.
How often do you grocery shop? Rosie: Every four to five days .
How much do you spend on groceries each week? Rosie: If there’s not alcohol involved or vitamins, probably $250.
Is there anything in here that we would have found in your childhood fridge? Rosie: Definitely cheese. Cheddar cheese, specifically. All the vegetables, but my parents were really specific about having mostly seasonal things, so they wouldn’t have the diversity of food that we have in our fridge because they were obsessed with just having things that either they grew and were in season, or that were the cheapest in the store because they were in season.
What do you wish you had in here? Rosie: Eggs. I wish we had some bread. We need more fruit and vegetables. I have such a long list for the store.
Newlyweds Rosie and Morgan just tied the knot after 15-odd years and two kids. When they’re not busy getting married, Rosie is a psychotherapist and Morgan is the owner of Monofonus Press. Rosie’s holding some Grey Poupon and Morgan’s holding a jar of sauerkraut. They live in Austin, Texas.