The danger with not planning and just in time shopping is the potential for budget blowing. The fact I'm concerned about this three days in is a big deal. I spent a lot of cash on Tuesday, mainly on nuts, seeds and dried fruit, but after I'd been at the charity shop I went to M&S to get something for tea...
It was delicious but it was also quite expensive, thankfully there are lots of bits and bobs left over for the rest of the week. So last night I went very budget and I think it was possibly just as nice in a very different way. I made lentil hotpot. It appeals to me as it's no fuss, it's a one pot and once it's in that pot you can sit down for an hour!
It was just -
1/3 cup or thereabouts green lentils
1/2 a big onion, thinly sliced
3 sliced potatoes (I used a mixture of celeriac and spuds)
splash of soy sauce or your favourite gluten free alternative
Layer the spuds, lentils and onions up, pour the stock over, stick in the oven for an hour. Eat.
I don't know how much that cost to make but not very much. I bought some wraps last night so lots of the left over veg from Tuesday will be cooked and shoved into them, another cheapy. I roasted the rest of the celeriac, a leek and the rest of the onion from the hotpot last night and we'll have a quinoa one pot on Friday. If I don't use all the spinach tonight I'll shove some of that in too. There are three potatoes on the bring at the bottom of the sack so they will feature at the weekend in some way. We're going to wonderful Halifax to watch Widnes on Sunday so it will be soup and sandwich on our return.
See, I can't help but plan!
For those of you who were wondering how Widnes were getting on, and I'm sure you're all out there. It's not going too badly. We lost heavily away to Leeds a few weeks ago, worst of all Joe Mellor dislocated his shoulder so will be out for a while. Due to this injury Tom Gilmore was able to step up when we played Hull FC the following week. Dan and I had the usual conversation about whether we should go or not, in the end we didn't despite loving that city. In terrible conditions Widnes ground out the win, 0-7 with Gilmore dropping a goal to put us more than one score ahead.
Sunday just gone saw Widnes at home to struggling Bradford Bulls. Widnes saw the game out 22-18 which makes it sound closer than it really should have been. Chris Dean was sin binned for Widnes and Bradford went in for two tries in the time he was off the field. Both sides showed some really good flashes but also some poor decision making. Having said that, it's the kind of game we might have thrown away in previous seasons, so a win is a win! We're currently 4th in the table, but it's still very early days, whether we'll be able to sustain the good start and make the top 8 for the playoffs I don't know, it will be fun finding out!