A leisurely breakfast of porridge and coffee and a read and a chat.
I make our porridge with water leaving the oats to soak overnight, it makes them lovely and creamy without the need for much milk, but it is nice to add some milk along with a bit of sugar when you're eating them.
Action replay at the breakfast bar a few hours later ...but this time with toast and jam and a drink. It's always nice to break off from what we are doing and sit and have a quiet drink.
Then it was time to get round to soup making.
Leftovers from Day 1 were added to ...
... vegetables from the Veggie Patch, and the Tunnels.
A couple of bits found in the fridge, definitely not going to waste!!
Everything chopped and ready ...
... oh might as well add a parsnip ...
... and some of the Christmas red cabbage.
It's in good condition considering it was bought in December!!!
All sautéed briefly before adding the liquids and two tablespoons of red lentils.
We were both heading in different directions and at different times so Alan had his bowl of soup nice and chunky, just the way he likes it. I left it covered on the Aga.
And then I whizzed up the rest and had a bowlful like this ... I like smooth soup :-)
We both had a slice of bread with it.
The rest was poured into three one litre tubs and was popped into the fridge later when it was cold. This will make us three more lunches.
I had a real kitchen morning as while the soup was cooking slowly in the bottom oven of the Aga I got stuck into using the pastry I had made the previous day.
Leftovers from the fridge, a couple of the smallest cloves of garlic and half of a precious onion ...
...were wrapped in pastry to make us a pasty each.
There was some leftover pastry so I made some little Apple Pasties.
When the Vegetable Pasties came out of the oven one had split so I saved that one for later, and Alan took the other one carefully wrapped, along with two of the little Apple Pasties for a picnic tea on the road as he was leaving to head to Scotland for a family funeral the next day.
Tea on my own later on that night, my pasty, some of the mash potato from the fridge and the last of the leftover gravy from the day before. It was really tasty and extremely filling ... but I just about found room for the last of the little Apple Pasties with my final coffee of the day.
A successful day on rations ... and I made a decision.