Sunday, 20 September 2020

The Ration Challenge - Day Seven - Final Day


The same as every day this week my first drink of the day was a cup of hot water.

I think it was the Ration Challenge last year that got me hooked on cups of hot water, although these days usually I have a frozen slice of lemon dropped into them.


Breakfast - Rice and Dahl

Then it was onto breakfast, and using the rice I cooked yesterday morning I again added a portion of Dahl to it.  Very tasty, and very filling, much more so than my more usual Weetabix.


Next I to set to and started my prep for lunch.  Making up a batch of Oil Pastry with the last of my flour I carefully brought it all together and broke it into two balls and then left it to rest in the fridge for an hour wrapped in floured cling film.

When it and I were suitably rested, I carefully rolled it out using the flour in my flour shaker to flour the board.  (I had put 50g of my flour ration into the shaker at the start of the week and it has just lasted until today.)


I placed a dollop of my remaining dahl in the centre of each piece of pastry and topped it with the leftover pieces of Lentil and Bean Burger, then I pulled up the pastry to completely cover the filling, made sure it was firmly sticking to itself and then flipped the whole thing over  ... to give me something that looks a lot like an Eccles Cake.


Dinner - Lentil and Bean Burger Pasty

Still looking a lot like a pair of Eccles Cakes they came out of the oven half an hour later, smelling absolutely gorgeous.

  I ate one for my dinner and it was delicious.  The crumbly light textured pastry enclosing the now piping hot dahl and bean burger with the base lovely and thick where all the layers of pastry had converged and cooked into one.  The other one will be eaten for my tea, as one was more than enough for me.


Afternoon Snack - Lentil Pancake and a cup of Coffee

But somehow, mid afternoon and knowing I would be having a slightly later than usual tea after Alan arrived at the Van, and also knowing that he would be having a chippy tea, I managed to fit in a Lentil Flatbread, although to me they have the texture more of a crispy, but fluffy inside pancake, so I have now renamed them.

And with it the last of my coffee ... my third cup of the week, eked out from the two teaspoons of coffee that I got as a sponsorship reward.


Tea - The other Lentil and Bean Burger Pasty

 To misquote a famous food retailer  'This is not just any food ... this is Ration Challenge Food 💖'  It was gorgeous, and once Challenge week is over I will be making this again and eating it with a large dollop of mayonnaise.

That's it the Challenge for me is  over, I will be back with one more post giving my final fundraising total and some of my thoughts about the week and the food.  I will also show you what I have left over.

Thank you all so much for your amazing support and sponsorship.  

For one final time - My Fundraising Page is here.


Sue xx


20 comments:

  1. You should write a Ration Challenge cookbook! Your ideas are amazingly good.
    xx

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    1. Between us we have been sharing recipes on the Facebook group and there may be a few of the recipes added to next years booklet.

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    2. Brilliant. They are far too good to just forget!
      xx

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  2. Very well done Sue, I've enjoyed reading your posts every day. It really does show how inventive we can be with a limited amount of food, if we put our minds to it.

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  3. I’m continually inspired by your challenges, and, of course, particularly the Rations Challenge. I’m wondering if I could do this next year or not. I want to but I just don’t have the confidence to do it without a lot more support.

    Have you considered putting together a meal plan for the week? With recipes and suggestions, based on your experiences, it would be so useful. With a few printed pages on my Special Shelf alongside the food I would feel so much more capable.

    At the moment I’d have to flick backward and forwards through your postings, hoping that you hadn’t found a better way to make something since the page I was looking at. If it was all in one place I’m sure more of us might attempt this.

    I’d be more than happy to pay for this and perhaps that could help the charity too.

    Thanks for all your postings, on both blogs. So interesting and readable. And a sincere well done for completing the challenge so efficiently.

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    1. I'll see what I can do. 🙂 Maybe a stand alone page with recipes including a Ration Challenge section. There will never be a charge for anything on this blog, or advertising to clutter up your screen or slow down page loading. 🙂

      Thank you for your support, and I would be very happy to support you if you decide to give this a go next year.

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    2. Thank you for even considering my suggestion as I did feel cheeky asking you to do more work. A stand-alone page would be great and the more recipes the better please.

      Please flag up when next year's challenge is available as I shall need nudging! Well done again, and I hope the return to 'normal' food isn’t too much of a shock.

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  4. Well done, I could never have done it, you have helped so many people in terrible circumstances and made those of us who are fortunate think how lucky we are, thank you for that, Chrissie x

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    1. Thank you, I have learnt so much through doing this Challenge once again. 😃

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  5. Bravo Sue! It is hard to explain how much I enjoy following this particular challenge. It is inspiring and humbling. And your creativity and attention to detail is, as always, fascinating. Well done. Thank you also for raising the funds that you raised.

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  6. Oh well done Sue. Bucket of coffee tomorrow morning?

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  7. Congratulations for your mighty effort on behalf of refugees. Well done!

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  8. A brilliant result, Sue, I've really enjoyed following your progress. Congratulations! Thank you for posting in such detail. It makes riveting reading. Enjoy a well deserved coffee!

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    1. Oh I will. Thank you for your support all through this year's Challenge. 😃

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  9. Sorry I'm late to the Party Sue, huge congratulations for a brilliant challenge:) You Rock♥ xx

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    1. Better late than never 🤣🤣. Thank you ❤️

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