I always find that preparing for a Challenge is the most difficult part once I get going I'm fine, but knowing what I'm doing and when I'm doing it is important to me if I want things to run smoothly, so I always try to make sure I set up the basics properly. After all I would hate to use up all the food too quickly and leave myself eating really poorly for the last couple of days.
And with only 24p left in the kitty there's not much money for dashing out to the shops for a top up shop!!
This is the slightly revised weekly menu plan.
Sorry if it's a bit hard to read but my other clearer menu pad is obviously at home in Wales as I can't find it in my 'office bag' here at the Van. I might even find the time to colour in my heading and borders this week if the weather stays so cold. You can click on any photos on this blog to make them enlarge and then scroll through them for a closer look.
First thing this morning after writing out the revised menu, I photographed all the food that I have for the week.
In the fridge:
dairy free spread
In the freezer:
Loaf of bread (14 slices and 2 crusts)
6 Linda McCartney Lincolnshire Sausages
Out on the worktop and shelf for easy access all week, and so that I can see what I have left available to use:
1kg porridge oats
500g brown penne pasta
1 tin baked beans
2 tins chickpeas
1 tin peach slices
3 tins tomatoes
1 box Ryvita thin crackers
The 5 Item Store Cupboard items:
salt and pepper
In the cupboard are 7 potatoes ...
… and 10 cloves of garlic.
The first day of any Challenge should always be spent working out exactly what you have to use.
So after counting out my garlic cloves and putting them back into the dark, cool cupboard with the potatoes, I sliced up and open froze the lemon.
So now I have seven slices of lemon ready to be used for my hot lemon water drink each morning. Once used with hot water the slice of lemon is then put into a jug of fresh water to flavour my drinks throughout the day.
That's it, now I'm all ready to start with the three meals a day and snacks if I need them, although there's not a lot of snacky type food really, a couple of spare slices of toast, the bananas and there will be the crackers and hummus ... once it's made.
Day one meals, recipes and chat coming tomorrow.