I know for some people whizzing up a vat of soup is the easiest thing in the world, my soup is always not all that amazing. So armed with my roast veg I was going to make a very simple sweet potato, squash and onion soup. Then I was inspired by something I read somewhere yesterday about a spiced soup. In the fridge was a small amount of red Thai paste, not enough for a proper curry but enough for something, it had been in there for months. Along with it was a friend, creamed coconut, so I added them to the pot too.
It was really delicious. I tried a small cup for my lunch, the flavour of the roast veg came through, it was spicy with a lovely creamy texture. More than happy, especially as I used up a couple of things that could have hung around in the fridge forever.
The couscous also used up the last bit of harissa paste too. I used the last bit bathroom cleaner today, it was really a bottle of shower gel I received as a gift, it was rubbish for my skin but made the sink shine. Then I found two samples, one of shampoo and one of conditioner. I don't use conditioner as my hair is exceptionally fine so I used it for shaving my legs instead. There was more shampoo in the sample than I'd anticipated so I used that too wash my body too. Three more things used up.
Last night I had a very interesting chat with my Mum about Christmas, there is still no negotiation about presents of course but she did describe certain family members as "a bit cheeky" for inviting themselves round for meals on both Christmas and Boxing Day (as well as for other meals throughout the year). She asked them what they would do if they had decided to go out, and was unimpressed with the reply "well you wouldn't do that would you?". Not nice to be taken for granted, especially when you turn up for these things empty handed.