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I Am One Third Pistachio

First things first - the Bros documentary, wow!

We have veered away from the menu plan towards the very end of the month as I was struck down by the lurgy (I'm not one to blame people for things but I think it came from my youngest niece). There was a small amount of food waste - a small portion of salad and a pudding, everything else was either crammed into the ice box or used for something else. I don't mind the pantry being full as nothing will be wasted but the past week or so really has rammed home to me that I probably need to buy about a third of the amount of food I actually buy. 

I made some balsamic red cabbage



a large, and very tasty, salad



maple roasted carrots with lentils, pistachios and pomegranate.

A delicious roast 



with plenty of leftovers 




I was too ill to attend the football on Boxing Day so missed out on my leftovers sandwich - a worthwhile sacrifice as we lost 5-1. The following day we had bubble and squeak.


Dan made some wraps for with some falafel and salad


and …

Cook Once, Eat Twice

This month has been all about planned leftovers and salad.

For lunch I've been switching between soup and salads, this one was bottom of the fridge cous cous. 


We ate quite a bit of chickpea dhal, this time with vegetable rice, avocado and turmeric cauliflower. 


Butterbean and squash stew with roast potatoes.


A combination of all of the above! Leftover stew and potatoes with salad.


The roasted squash seeds had been part of the meal plan but we ate them as a snack, they're just too tempting! This week is built around leftovers and using things up too, just as well as we're well stocked with all the bargain veg available recently.

December Food

I've been cooking once and eating two or three times so far this month, and on top of that keep forgetting to snap what we have. At the start of the month I made a very nice pot of chilli, enough for three days, probably the nicest one I've made for years. No photos though. 

There's been quite a lot of soup. This was a cheep and cheerful lentil, carrot and onion.



This week we've eaten the first chestnut stew of the winter. This was chestnut, mushroom and green lentil with some mash and veg. 



I have been struggling to find a spread I liked, most have a weird tang to them that I just don't like. Over the past couple of months there had been a lot of talk about one brand that was a bit more butter-like. Unfortunately, the nearest stockist is over 40 miles away, fortunately, the stockist is in the centre of Burnley - somewhere I visit once a fortnight!



It is absolutely delicious, and it melts on hot toast! (£2 from selected Sainsbury's) Visiting the supermarket was a s…

The Dark Side Of The Room

If you've been reading for a bit, you'll have this this type of view before, the overstuffed shelves of my pantry. We did a larger shop, which should cover most of this month, so there's no space to squeeze much else.  


We have more than enough treats to keep us going as our friend sent over a ton of goodies from Germany


I'm probably going to place this next picture in the top 5 most boring pictures I've shared here, its the far end of the pantry. Not an area I tend to share as it's the most functional space in the whole house - far less exciting than under the sink. The plan had been to have new shelving fitted this year to make the most of the space, but we've had so many other household expenses it will have to wait.


Today I decided to sort it out as it can become a bit of a dumping ground. This area needs to work really hard as along with storing all of our non-refrigerated food it needs to hold quite a bit of household stuff too (some of you may find this…

Thrifty December - Gifts

It's pretty well documented here that I am not a Christmas person, so I'm only going to mention it on one occasion after today. Over the past couple of years I have managed to have the "no gift buying" conversation with some success but for other people gift swapping is still a thing, most people I know love the festivities, it means more to them than it does to me so I go with it. Well, actually the person who was most reluctant to not giving gifts has just given us money for the past few years, but whatever. 

Funds are very low at the moment so we've had to be extra thrifty this year with our gift giving. I realise my thrifty is still not as inexpensive as some people, but I don't move in circles where second hand would go down well at all, it's all been about balance.

Regifting. We have regifted a few things, some bunting I made for the shop a couple of years ago. I found it when tidying the workroom a couple of weeks ago and so when we needed an emergen…

Where You Come From Do You Put The Kettle On?

Each December we like to treat ourselves to a special something or other. In previous years we went to the theatre to see Tommy Steele (who was amazing), a couple of years ago we headed to Llandudno for a Super Furry Animals gig, before that it was a trip to a festive market, in the days where train travel was still a thing, and markets weren't too ridiculously busy. 

This year we made the short journey to Lancaster to The Vegan Cakery Afternoon Tea at Lancaster Town Hall. It's a beautiful building, made just a little more special by the lights and ice rink outside in Dalton Square.


The room was absolutely gorgeous, with soft music playing and it was the ideal temperature - very welcome on a wet afternoon. We were welcomed with a glass of prosecco or non-alcoholic alternative, then the fun began. 


Raspberry jelly to start.



A choice of teas were on offer from the traditional Earl Grey through to flowering tea. Dan went for Lemon Gelato, I decided on the special, festive Rudolph'…