Friday, 18 September 2020

The Ration Challenge - Day Five


Day  Five - Breakfast - Boiled Rice and Dahl.

The second, larger bowl is the rice cooling down ready for my tea, this shows you nicely the size of the dishes I have been eating out of all week.  Usually I have been using the smaller of the two bowls for my meals and when I need a plate I always ... not just on this Challenge week week ... eat off what most people would call sandwich or side plates.

And this is the weight of dried rice I used for the two meals.  

I was feeling pretty full after breakfast just very thirsty, which I think is mainly caused by having so many salty meals, but I don't think I could eat rice without some salt on it.

After a doggy walk and arranging a family get together I set to on my lunch.

These are the ingredients for ...

Lidija's Bean and Lentil Burgers.

Although the mix was much sloppier than any I've used before I looked okay once dolloped into the pan.

While the burgers cooked away I made the wrap I wanted to put them on.  Another 50g of flour, this time with the addition of a teaspoon of Turmeric.

It looked and felt like I was playing with Playdough 🤣

I thought I had over cooked the burgers, but actually they tasted okay ... phew!!

The Turmeric wrap was a sight to behold.

And then once everything was cooked I assembled my wrap, first a layer of hummus and then two of the burgers broken into pieces.  I left the other two burgers to cool down before popping them into the fridge for another day.

Dinner - Lentil and Bean Burgers with Hummus on a Turmeric Wrap.

This was very tasty and also very filling.  I may even have been converted to wraps as they are not something I have ever really liked before, but maybe because that's the bought ones I have had in the past have been so stodgy and with not enough filling compared to the wrap part.

After an afternoon of blogging and doing lots of bitty bits I set too to make my tea.

I had seen onion rings done beautifully on the Facebook Group page and thought I would give it a go, as I had given my milk away I had to make the batter with just water and flour, and to be honest it didn't really work that way and didn't stick to the onion rings very well.

The centres of all the rings were gently sautéed along with some spices and then I tipped in half of one of my pots of dahl to make a quick curry sauce that I then tipped my last remaining chickpeas into.

Tea - Chickpea Curry with Rice and Onion Rings.

Although this looks okay, and indeed the onion rings were surprisingly tasty and very crispy which was good as I've not really had anything with a crispy texture up to now this week, the taste of the curry let it down, I should have just kept it simple and not tried to jazz up the dahl.

Just two more days to go for me ... but for some this goes on a lot longer!!

Thank you for all your sponsorship and support while I am doing this Challenge, together we are doing something wonderful.

Sue xx


  1. The wrap looks really good, Sue - but isn't it just crying out for some salad to go with it! Something which a refugee couldn't have, unless they grew it themselves, and something that I'm sure you're missing very much. You're doing so well, creating such tasty meals out of very basic minimal ingredients, well done.

    1. That's exactly what I thought as I made it up, a layer of chopped Iceberg lettuce would have been gorgeous ♥️

      I was reading about refugees in one of the camps recycling old mattresses for the wadding and growing vegetables using hydroponics in the downward guttering system, absolute genius.

  2. I agree with what you say about bought and filled wraps - there's not enough filling. Home mades are so much nicer.
    The lentil burgers look delicious!

    1. They were, not firm enough to be burgers on a bun but used this way they were great.

  3. The burgers and wrap look really tasty.

    1. The colour of that wrap made me smile, there's been a distinct lack of colour up to now this week. To be remedied in tonight's tea 😃

  4. Go Sue! You are so imaginative with the foods you are making. The lentil burgers looked great but, needed salad. How very fortunate we are to live in this country. Good luck with the next two days.

    1. Yes, a bit of green would have been wonderful. Thank you, I can't believe how quickly this week has gone!

  5. I agree with the comments that it all looks tasty but in need of some salad. I would miss salad so much.

    1. Oh believe me if I had salad I would have used it :-)

  6. Love your wraps. I just tried to make a couple of soft tortillas with flour, oil and water - think I ended up with a couple of pastry circles :)
    Have attempted to mould one into a U shape and pretend it's a taco

    1. It was very tasty, just not quite soft enough, hence the need for a bit of kitchen paper to hold it together while I ate it. But it's something that I will definitely be making again.

      It's amazing how many different names there are for a flour, salt, water mix isn't it :-)

  7. The wrap looks delicious.

    God bless.

    1. It's definitely something I will be making again 😃


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