Saturday 19 October 2019

For the Price of a Coffee - Day Two - The Meals

Breakfast - Porridge Oats with 1/2 a banana.

I forgot to photograph it, but my breakfast looked almost identical to yesterdays photo … so you can nip back there for a look if you want  ;-)

Now I've got a lemon I can get back into my usual morning habit of a cup of hot water with a slice of frozen lemon.  I leave the frozen lemon slice in the hot water while I feed Suky, then fish it out and put into a glass.  The glass goes into the fridge and is topped up with cold tap water from the jug that's also in the fridge whenever I need a drink during the day .  After about four glasses it does start to lose it flavour somewhat and only then does it go into the bin.

Dinner - Vegetable Soup
(Whizzed up Vegetable Stew from yesterdays dinner.)

Gosh that was a big bowl of soup, much more than I would usually have, but then I would normally have soup with a slice or two of toast to dunk in it … and I really missed that.  

Weighing out the lentils to make my dhal.

And weighing out the rice, my one kilo bag will give me 10 x 100g portions.  At first I thought this might be too much rice, but it was pretty spot on for my usual portion size.

Tea - Lentil Dhal and Brown Rice

I just used a nice simple dhal recipe, similar to one I used when I did the Ration Challenge.

200g red lentils
2 onions
4 teaspoons curry powder
2 cloves of garlic
Salt and Pepper

Sauté the onions in some oil, then add the garlic.  After a couple of minutes add the curry powder and continue to cook for a minute or so.  Then tip in the washed red lentils and stir them through the onion mixture.  Add enough water to more than cover, then bring to a boil.  Once boiling, turn down to a simmer and cook with the lid on the pan for about 15 minutes.  Uncover and taste to check if the lentils are soft and season to taste with salt and pepper.  If there is a lot of liquid left or the mixture seems too thin carry on simmering with the lid off for another few minutes.

I used one of these pots for my tea and I now have the other two portions of dhal stashed in the fridge.  It's nice to have some foods that I can just warm up easily.  But I am going to use up the majority of what I have midway through the Challenge so that I don't start eating the same things over and over out of laziness.

Food carried forward to the next day.

In the fridge:
1 portion pasty/pie filling
1 portion tomato pasta sauce
2 portions lentil dhal
small dish of lentil dhal and brown rice leftovers
1 carrot
5 onions
6 slices lemon and pot of juice

Other foods:
375g spaghetti
3 cloves garlic
2 potatoes
 900g porridge oats
300 red lentils
900g brown rice

Cash carried forward = 12p

My little larder is building up nicely.

Sue xx


  1. I really like reading your Challenges, Sue. Just shows what can be done if we really put our minds to it.

    1. Funnily enough Alan has just said something similar, about being able to eat very healthily but very cheaply if we know what we are doing.

  2. Well done. It looks really tasaty!

    1. It really was, far too much soup though 🤣

  3. I have oatmeal with chocolate and peanut butter ( tastes like a Reeses Cup)almost every morning.

    1. They are one thing I really don't like, which is strange as I love peanut butter and chocolate individually 🥴

  4. It's nearly lunch time here and your meals look so delicious and have my taste buds in overdrive:)

    1. Haha ... I hope you enjoyed your lunch 😄

  5. I really must learn to make dahl. Yours looks so appetizing.

    God bless.

    1. It really is that simple. And make it exactly to your taste, play around with seasoning and cumin makes it taste gorgeous. I struggled which spice to choose for my basic 5 item store-cupboard but in the end plumped for curry powder for its versatility, cumin would have been my next choice.


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