|Supper yesterday. Very simple -baked potatoes with cheese, coleslaw, sweetcorn and salad. Very filling|
At the hairdresser
This morning I paid my annual visit to the hairdresser. Once again my resolve to grow out my hair has ended in a sudden desire to have it all chopped off.
On this visit I had a new stylist, the fabulous Raza from Lithuania. I immediately got on the right side of her by not only knowing where Lithuania was but also knowing that its capital was Vilnius. Raza had short fair hair in a tight curly perm. This with her wide cheekbones made her look absolutely stunning and I knew I was in the hands of someone with style. I explained that I was after a Judi Dench 'only not grey' I chortled. Raza snipped away for some minutes in silence 'I am a quiet hairdresser' she said 'good' I thought. At last she picked up a mirror to show me the back 'oh, did you put some product on it?' I asked noticing an unfamiliar colour on my hair 'errm no' she said 'then what's that grey stuff?'
Why has no one told me I have grey hair?
Raza made a fantastic job of my hair despite revealing its greyness. I do hope she doesn't go back to Lithuania.
My hair doesn't have much to do with my store cupboard challenge except that it cost £32 which is almost as much as I've spent on food this week. There were lots of lovely meaty comments on yesterday's post, thank you, I am glad this challenge has caused so much interest. There were some common themes in the comments yesterday which I will try to address;
How I do lunch boxes
I don't do them any more. But when the children were younger I would pack them a sandwich or roll, a piece of fruit and one other thing like a muffin, a couple of biscuits or a flapjack. Sometimes I would add carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, raisins and other healthy extras that the kids didn't really want.
Now they prepare their own lunches. I make sure there is something to go in the sandwiches; sunflower butter, cheese, egg, ham or salami. Katie only likes meaty fillings but since I can't afford to buy enough ham or salami to last the week she has to put up with other fillings some days. I don't pander to fussiness (she eats cheese at other times so why not in a sandwich?). Sometimes I make pitta pizzas or a pasta salad. I usually make sure there is bread sliced, not because they can't slice their own bread but because they slice it so damn thick. For the same reason I grate the cheese in the food processor -have you seen how thick a teenage boy cuts cheese for a sandwich?
I also make sure the biscuit tin has something home baked in it. I rarely fail at this but this morning the gingernuts were all gone so they went without. I was quite surprised to discover that they weren't particularly bothered by this. Katie said she'd have one of her sandwiches at break and the other one at lunch. Although they all eat plenty of fruit they don't take it to school any more -not cool.
Not on my shopping list
I don't buy crisps unless we are having a family picnic -at an air show, or on the way to our holiday for example. Crisps are not something I see as real food, they're nice to have for a treat but not as regular item on my grocery list. I occasionally buy Pringles- usually at Christmas and most recently for the opening ceremony of the Olympics. My mother in law dishes out crisps every Sunday when they visit her so my children do not suffer from crisp deprivation. Besides, they are old enough to buy their own crisps and snacks if they want.
Although I buy chocolate fairly regularly it is for baking with rather than eating as a snack. Occasionally I'll buy some for a weekend dessert rather than making a dessert.
I don't buy soft drinks or fruit juice except very occasionally - for example when my children weeded the drive recently I gave them some money for a bottle of Coke.
I rarely buy ice cream, fish fingers, ice lollies or biscuits (the last time I bought biscuits was when we were all ill with a bad cold).
I never buy breakfast cereals, pasta sauces, frozen pizza, ready meals, cakes or scones, desserts, yogurts, flavoured milk, loaves of bread, bread rolls, low-fat dairy produce, fake butter or margarine of any description, anything overpackaged, or peanuts.
As Susan said yesterday I am 'in charge' in my kitchen. That's how it has always been, very traditional but unintentionally so. It's worked out that way because I enjoy cooking and I enjoy running a kitchen and Charlie has no interest in it at all.
I remember being at a friend's house with the children when George was about 10 and being horrified that her son (also 10) would just help himself to chocolate and crisps from the cupboards without asking (even after she had told him he couldn't have them).
I would find it impossible to run my kitchen efficiently and economically if my family helped themselves to the contents of the fridge and cupboards without asking me first. There is always something nice in the tin which can be eaten as a snack, and bread and butter with or without jam/sunflower butter/marmite is always available as is milk.
In the kitchen today
I have made flapjacks, my fall-back biscuit tin fillers. I made 48 (16 per tin). They should last the whole week and will keep for ages.
I have also made a batch of bread. I used to make four small loaves, now I have acquired bigger tins and make three large loaves. The loaves produce slices of bread which are a better shape and size for cutting into sandwiches.
I had a little tomato sauce left over from Saturday's pizza making and a bowl of sweetcorn from yesterday's supper. I used them to make pitta pizzas for the lunch boxes tomorrow as all the chicken sandwich filling has been eaten.
For supper I used up the left over chicken from Sunday and the left over gravy to make a simple chicken stew to serve with mash and peas. Very comforting and tasty.
There was also a bowl of raspberries picked from the garden and apple fool.