Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Living on Rations - Day 2 - Soup


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.

Sue xx

30 comments:

  1. Found I couldn't wait to read your latest post! 🙂 Well done, love your menu, please could you pop the veg pastie recipe up? Is the pastry half wholemeal and half white?

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  2. Yes, the pastry is about 3/4 wholemeal and 1/4 white, I want to use up my white flour so I can tip the brown into the jar.

    It's hardly a recipe, just cooked veggies moistened with gravy then wrapped in pastry and baked until it looks done, mine took around 25 minutes.

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    1. Thank you Sue, will have a go soon.

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  3. It all looks absolutely delicious and very, very good for you too.
    J x

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    1. You can't beat a good pan of soup for ramping up the veggie content of your diet can you :-)

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    2. Totally agree - and it tastes great as well. Win-win!
      J x

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  4. That is, more or less, what is on the menu here tonight. Left over pastie with gravy and steamed cabbage. Fresh fruit a pudding, although a little baked apple sounds good.

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    1. They were lovely little pasties ... they disappeared very quickly though ;-)

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  5. Some very frugal goings on in your kitchen, I have never tried soaking the oats the night before, but I think I will if it saves some pennies on the milk.
    I am going to be making a veg soup this morning, can't beat it, cheap and good for you, can't go wrong. I shall also bake the bread to avoid the shops.

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    1. It's something I've done for years, it's amazing how milky they taste. Well if you think about it it's exactly how oat milk is made.

      Your house is going to smell amazing, it's very difficult to eat a managed portion of homemade bread though, it gets eaten far too quickly doesn't it.

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  6. We had overnight oats, with a few raisins and flaked almonds, this morning - husband had his heated up in the microwave with a splash of milk, I had mine cold with a dessertspoon of yogurt. Thanks for all your informative posts Sue, it's helped me a lot.

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    1. I've never really liked the oats cold, although I've tried with many different fruits and nuts etc in the past. Hot porridge for me any day.

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  7. Here is a confession.................I went right off soup last year and haven't made any this winter at all!

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    1. Shock, horror!!

      Get one of your soup books down off the shelves immediately and remedy this before the warmer weather comes. You could always have some mini Spam fritters as croutons for Col ... he'll love you even more than he already does ;-)

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  8. I have weeks were i want chunky soup and weeks when I want it smooth.

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    1. You're just a schizophrenic soup lover -)

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  9. Do we have to guess?
    My suggestion is that you have decided to combine the ration experiment with the fixed spend challenge for the whole year and not just for four weeks!

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    1. I'd rather Sue added "Treat Days" to their challenge - a night a month to celebrate with something special. My choice would be chocolates!!

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    2. We'll see how we get on this month before we even think about a challenge of that magnitude Eloise 😉

      If we needed a treat we would have one ... and post about it ... I don't eat chocolates any way, just the odd piece of 85%, so I really don't feel any urge to have that at the moment Virginia 😊

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  10. I'm definitely a chunky soup girl. I would find the onion rations for the month really hard. I think I use onions in most meals. I have never made overnight oats and didn't realize it made them creamy, I will have to give them a go!

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    1. Thank goodness for the leeks 😊

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  11. What a clever, inventive cook you are Sue! Those turn-overs make a simple mixture into a feast. I have a young friend who's coming home with a new-born, and my going-to-be-boring wholesome stew is now going to be four sets of pasties. She will be much more impressed!

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    1. I love virtually anything wrapped in pastry, and the half and half wholemeal/white pastry was lovely to work with.

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  12. I envy your cooking abilities...and you keep us guessing though I think Elouise is probably right....

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    1. The years of having to be inventive with small amounts of food are really coming in handy now. And there's something much more satisfying about producing a meal from less and then it being really filling and tasty.

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  13. My lunch today was porridge. Brought back memories of winter mornings with my Grandpa MacDougall.

    Your menu for today was wonderful.

    God bless.

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    1. Was he a salt rather than sugar man ... with a name like that it sounds as though he should be .. although my Scottish man is all for the sugar 😆

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  14. I've heard of salt on porridge but can't imagine it! I like mine sweet.

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