I went into Tesco on the off chance of finding some good strong cheddar and came out grinning widely. I picked up 4 blocks of serious;y strong cheddar for a total of £4.28, they had been marked down from a total of £17.12, there was 1 days life on them. They are grated and frozen and stashed away, as I was down to my last box in the freezer I am a happy bunny. That lot will last for well over a month, possibly as many as 3 depending what I decide to cook. I very rarely keep block cheddar in the fridge, I like it far too much and can slice off 1/4 lb and eat it while wandering round. Having it grated saves time and mess as well, I use my box grater or if I buy a huge amount the processor.
I have seen several blog posts showing wonderful loaves of bread that require no kneading and no second rising. They all look crispy crusted and golden brown, and believe me if I could I would reach in for a slice or 3. BUT the one thing that they all have in common is loads of yeast. I make 2 large loaves of bread using half wholemeal and half white flour and 7gs dried yeast, it may take a while to prove but that just increases the flavour. Once cooked and cooled I slice and then freeze, I have cut my bread consumption right back and still have a loaf from the last bake over 2 weeks ago.
This is because I now have muesli or porridge for breakfast. Lunch is often left overs or soup or maybe crackers and cheese. I can not say that it is shifting any weight but I do not get the bloated feeling now. I have made several versions of Impossible Quiche and use gram flour in that. Slowly wheat is going from my diet (apart from cake!), I will see how long it lasts.
I am debating over buying cans of cooked pulses or packets of dried to be soaked and cooked. I have used dried and cooked a whole packet at a time in the slow cooker and then when cold freezing in portions. This takes a lot of my freezer space up as I like a variety of pulses to hand. It is less to do with cost than space and convenience, I am undecided, any ideas/suggestions?
My trip to Cardigan went well, James and Cerys were thrilled to get The Beast and I took Owl covered hot water bottles for Junior and Kaitlyn. The baby clothes were inspected by Junior, who pronounced them to be Cool and Kaitlyn who just shrugged her shoulders. She wants a girl and she wants it NOW. Luckily James and Cerys loved them.
I did notice how further into Autumn Ceredigion appears, the leaves are fast turning yellow, gold, orange and red. It was so marked in some places that I felt that it looked like Canada.
No photos though, I left the camera at home and my ancient phone does not connect to the laptop.
My "ding" chilli and rice dinner was most welcome last night and I followed it with a slice of whole orange cake and a cuppa about an hour later.
That cake is so light and the flavour seems to have deepened, will be making that again for sure.
Ben wolfed his dinner down and then snored all night.
I have been busy this morning, doing the Fridge Bottom thing and prepping veg for meals during the week. I have downloaded some cute weekly meal planner sheets (so unessential but so cute) from
crystalandcomp.com and will use them for the fridge door, must prettier to look at than a sheet of lined paper. I will write in pencil and then erase and use again a few times, so not completely frivolous, then of course the back will make shopping lists.
Now it is time to get Ben out for a walk, bath for him later.