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Just In Time/ Just In Case

The only productive thing I've done all week is to use some blackened bananas to make muffins, using this recipe (I replaced the lemon juice with apple cider vinegar). 


For the past couple of months we've been using up things from the pantry, initially because we thought the pantry would be refitted this year, but also just to but down the amount of food we have in the house at any time. We haven't been shopping "properly" since Christmas, just to the corner shop for bunny greens and other small bits and bobs, but I am amazed at how well we've managed. There are so many ways to eat not all that unhealthily with what we had lying around, plus the bag of veggie balls we bought from Ikea when we were in Manchester last weekend. Just in time shopping is working for us. 

I mentioned recently I have started keeping an emergency jar of pasta sauce (cheap and cheerful from Home Bargains) and a couple of tins of soup/ chilli/ whatever in the pantry, they have been worth their weight in gold this week. I started feeling a bit off colour on Tuesday evening, by Wednesday afternoon I couldn't move out of my chair. Dan's been really busy this week, and going everywhere on his bike due to lack of car so it was a huge relief to everyone that he didn't have to think about cooking when he got home, and that there's no fresh food going to waste while I'm out of action. Just in case shopping works for us too. 

That may not make sense, I am still in a fug, I listened to the news yesterday and it all seemed so strange that I'm not fully sure it wasn't just a really weird dream. Is any of this real?


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  1. Think I've got the same as you! Been asleep for hours. My achievement has been to make a huge pan of curried onion and carrot soup! Hope you feel better soon.
    Arilx

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    1. Thank goodness for soup! Hope you're feeling better now, it's not a fun thing to have at all.

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  2. The muffins look tasty. Hope you feel better soon
    Carolx

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    1. Thank you, I think I'm getting over the worst of it.

      The muffins are really delicious.

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  3. Big hugs- I wonder if you are feeling this way due to the stress of the car fiasco? Muffins look delicious and we had an “iffits” week last week as I couldn’t summon up the energy to go shopping. Take care and be gentle with yourself. Catriona

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    1. Thank you. I don't cope very well with stress so I think that, plus not sleeping well recently and a couple of other things have left me wide open for picking up bugs.

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  4. I hardly listen to the news anymore. Way too depressing. The whole world's gone mad in my opinion, has been for a while now. I largely live in my own little bubble. The CS keeps me a bit more in touch with what's going on in the world. I can tell from the amount of people that steal from our shop, or pull the tickets off to try to get things at a lower price, that the moral compass of many people in this country is totally skewed. Whether it's desperation, a false sense of entitlement or just greed, I don't know.

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    1. I started listening to the World Service last year, yes the news is at times more depressing than usual but it has helped me to get perspective on certain things, stories that are huge in this country don't even get a mention and it helps me to think more clearly. Odd but true!

      I know just what you mean about the charity shop too. There have been shoplifters and people "trying it on" for as long as I've worked in them but now we have people going through the bins and all manner of other things too.

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  5. Those muffins look really, really good. I'm in a bit of a January fug too - so it's not just you!

    https://lizziedailyblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. Don't worry the news is always strange especially if it relates to Trump!

    Just in time sounds good to do. I planned to only shop for the essentials but guess what Sainsbury's had other ideas to tempt me to buy more - and have put so many of our usual items on offer that I just had to take advantage of them as otherwise it wil be a few weeks before they come round again. It does mean though that January will not be the cheap spend I planned after all. (I am not complaining though Mr Sainsbury if you are reading this!)

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    1. I know what you mean about those tempting vouchers!

      Dan persuaded me to venture out in the car (!) yesterday to Booths, it was not an inexpensive trip as all I wanted was fruit. I'm not a fruit eater really but I just went with it, so expensive though!

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  7. Sorry to hear you've not been feeling too rosy. Hope it's not this dreadful Aussie flu that's doing the rounds. I've run my cupboards down a lot lately. We're not short of shops where we live but I am short on storage. I always have a few emergency jars and tins in though, just in case. Hope you're feeling better soon. xx

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    1. Thank you. I think it is Aussie flu, or something very similar, not nice at all. I hadn't even heard of it until I had it!

      A couple of things kept in for emergencies are lifesavers.

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  8. Hope you are not succumbing to Australian flu. X

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    1. Thanks, I think that's what it is, Dan had a look on the NHS website and all symptoms point to that, or some kind of flu.

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    1. Thank you, it feels like I'm turning the corner now.

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  10. It is always handy to have a few cans of something when you are feeling ill. I usually pull out a can of soup, though now that I actually have homemade soup in the freezer I have been pulling that out.

    God bless.

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    1. Knowing there's something that's easy to grab and go is so helpful at times like this. I had planned to make soup the day I fell ill, at least I had the pantry to fall back on.

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  11. Hope you're feeling better soon. I've had a nasty chest infection that knocked me out for about 4 weeks over Christmas and new year (I actually think I've cracked a rib from the coughing!), but thanks to my well stocked pantry I haven't had to do a shop and we still have lots of food, I thought this was pretty good going, but then Joe pointed out we skipped doing a big shop in November because I deemed the pantry and freezer too full, so that's even better! Hurrah for the pantry and emergency supplies!

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    1. Thank you. I can imagine how you could damage your rib, I once pulled all the muscles between my ribs when I was ill, awful!

      So pleased that you had your pantry to fall back on too.

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  12. I definitely like having certain things just in case! Glad it is working fire you and hope you are better soon.

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