Catering for two when one is used to catering for five takes some getting used to. When I was little my grandmother was forever telling me that my eyes were bigger than my tummy and she was right- I have bought too much food (again).
I have been over-optimistic about how much salad and vegetables I will eat especially when there are tempting treats around. Salad in particular is difficult to buy for one. Even in the farmshop little gems come in twos. Why? Surely there are lots of single people who want just one small lettuce. Tom is not a lettuce eater, not unless it is in a BLT. So we have had BLTs which fortuitously used up the bacon that was about to go out of date.
Lots of things are going out of date, and even going off completely. My homemade bread doesn't have a date on it and neither is if full of mould inhibitors which was why the huge loaf I defrosted last Friday had gone mouldy by Tuesday with half of if still to eat. Reluctantly I had to throw it away. I baked two very small loaves and put one in the freezer. The other one still hasn't been finished, if I am not careful that will mould too.
The two extra pints of milk I bought on Monday because it looked like we were going to run out remain unopened and this morning I see the use by date is today. Not that I take much notice of use by dates, even so there is more then Tom and I can drink so I will be making yogurt later today and maybe a small bread and butter pudding to use up the bread.
A dish of sliced tomatoes I prepared to eat with one of our meals was untouched. A red pepper and a courgette were wrinkling. There was half a red onion in a plastic tub in the fridge. I stewed the lot slowly in olive oil, ratatouille-ish. I put it in the freezer. Next week I will spread it on puff pastry and top with the goat's cheese I bought for this week but have not touched. Or perhaps I will use it as a pizza topping. Saved from the bin thank goodness. There are bendy carrots and drying leeks in my fridge. I will save those from the bin today by making stock.
Throwing food away because we have so much we cannot eat it all is downright immoral, so I have donated to the Trussell Trust and vowed to make next year's Not Camping better planned and less greedy.
At least I am not having to throw away meat. It's easy to buy just enough meat for two. Two chicken breasts cooked with cream, wine and mushrooms. I have a variation on this every Not Camping and quite often make it for the whole family. I need to use up the remaining mushrooms today as they are getting a bit shrivelled. Why did I buy so many when it's only me who likes them?
This lamb dish looks burnt, it isn't. It's been cooked with honey which always blackens. Lamb steaks are coated with olive oil, honey and chopped rosemary, plus a couple of squashed garlic cloves and salt and pepper and baked in the oven at 160°c (140°c fan oven) for two hours. I put a dish of new potatoes in the oven halfway through the cooking time.
And today we find ourselves at the end of July and heading into late summer. Yesterday I noticed elderberries and blackberries ripening and damsons already falling from the trees. The year turns again.