This is a long and rambling post about food, it may not make sense and even if it does it will probably be dull.
As the weather has been a bit cooler recently I've taken the opportunity to dive into some comfort food and eat some of the things I've been missing. Plus there were things to use up. This was supposed to be a one week plan and I was going to go shopping yesterday* but after the splurge on Saturday I thought I should try a bit harder.
What the menu plan was supposed to be
T butterbean bake
S orzotto stuffed peppers
S soup and sandwich
W jacket potatoes and baked beans (we really like hash and ate it at once)
F l/o orzotto
S spicy noodles w. avocado rolls
S soup and sandwich and chips and fizzy vimto and crying
I used the ready to eat spelt I bought from the cheapo shop the other week to make orzotto - spelt, quinoa, green lentils, miso (anyone filled in their vegan bingo card yet?), carrots, onions, mushrooms and peas. Delicious. We were supposed to be having the leftovers stuffed into some peppers, but I realised that if I just served with with something on the side the peppers could help us stretch the food budget a bit further, so that's what happened.
Sunday was a trip to the football (kick off 4.30) so soup and sandwiches were the order of the day. Dan treated himself to some of the new "Gary" from Sainsbury's, Wensleydale style with cranberries. It stinks, just like cheese *yuck*.
Yesterday, the other pepper, some mushrooms from a never ending bag and onions went into a massive bean chilli, enough for two days - and not enough for two days in a hash sense. In fact I separated some of the veg and lentils to make a pasta sauce, and there were still three good servings of chilli as I found some black eyed beans and passata in the freezer so chucked them in too.
The plan for this week has changed already after a rejiggle of the fridge and pantry, this is what I found today.
So crumble is back on, for this evening.
W fava bean stew
T whatever's left one pot
F all the exciting things you eat when you've been shopping
T veg and bean crumble with v-pud and a huge pile of mash
T chilli and potato skins
F fava bean stew
S black beans in jerk sauce
S l/o black beans in jerk sauce
The spare chilli has gone into the freezer. The jerk sauce is the only jarred sauce I buy, it's fairly expensive I think but I love it as an occasional treat, I'll stretch it with a carton of black beans and the last bit of frozen veg - squash and courgettes. Then it really will be time for a full shopping trip, amazing how far things will stretch when the mind is focused.
*I did go shopping yesterday but only for things I don't buy from the supermarket like nuts, dried fruit and bird food.