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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 28th Dec 14, 5:28 PM
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    Greying Pilgrim
    Living richly; simply and debt-freely
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    • 28th Dec 14, 5:28 PM
    Living richly; simply and debt-freely 28th Dec 14 at 5:28 PM
    Good Afternoon

    I've decided to start a new diary, just prior to the New Year. My old diary has been instrumental in helping me through a slight sticky patch 18 months ago, and has really helped me to start to lead the life that I want to live with my DP at Greying Towers. If you want to read the background, here's the link; Living on next to nought is that the key?

    2014 has already seen us declutter whole drawers and rooms of *stuff* (and we don't own much!) and make a start on the redevelopment of Greying Towers And we've remembered to have fun along the way, so have kept up with our preferred method of entertainment, which is cycling, walking, picnicking and visiting Natty Trust places

    2015 and beyond is going to see us hurtling towards retirement - well, if the goalposts didn't constantly shift, we'd be hurtling, but let's just say, that as you get older, the years pass by much more quickly, so we're getting older, quicker We don't necessarily want to be living where we are now, as we get older. We don't need a smaller property, Greying Towers is quite wee, but it's relatively high maintenance, not terribly energy efficient and doesn't fill us with joy to live here.

    Therefore, we have been trying to plan for our futures. I've certainly always been of a frugal, thrifty, self-sufficientish vein. DP is a late starter, but has fully converted, and now often nags encourages me to do better! Therefore, we're used to living within our means. And certainly my previous diary has helped to galvanise our determination to live within our means, and yet lead a *rich* life, full of fun, memorable moments and lots of laughter. Of course, a *rich* life is open to individual interpretation, but I've found that the simpler my life becomes, the *richer* it is. And to this end, I'm determined to live a rich life, of simplicity - enabling us to live within our means and avoid debt. We would like to move house, and I currently have no idea what impact the changes in mortgage rules may or may not have on us. But I do know that we would be wise to have as much money saved as we can, and to avoid any poor credit ratings. So, the important part of our lives now is to remain living a *rich* life - doing all the things that we do now; simplifying our lives only focusing on what is needed or important and remaining, firmly, out of debt.

    As in my previous diary, there are only 2 adults to consider the impact of any crazy schemes we may have to employ - if our teeth fall out or we keel over with malnutrition, then that is our own look out!

    Keeping an eye on budgets is key to simple living, and the one I keep the beadiest eye on, is always the food budget. We are a vegetarian household with a budget for £100 per month for food. Toiletries, alcohol, haircuts etc etc is from a separate budget of £80 total.

    I'm very interested in food, eating and cooking. I talk about it a lot. I even take pics of me tea I hope to continue that strange habit in this diary

    We have a *significant* event in 2015, that we would like to mark. We are currently trying to work out if we could afford to do it, alongside all the work that needs to be done on the house. I haven't got high hopes that we can do it all - but if I've learnt one thing, it is that if you don't have a plan at all, then you definitely fail before you start. In 2013 and 2014 we have definitely achieved much more when we've had a plan, than without - even if we've had to change course, or in fact, had a different outcome to that intended

    So, fancy joining me for the ride?

    Greying




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    'Ich habe genug'

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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 9th Oct 16, 9:32 PM
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    • By in need of direction 9th Oct 16, 10:40 PM
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 10th Oct 16, 8:09 AM
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    Good Morning

    Aw shucks Beanie & INOD - i owe you both a fiver for saying such nice things! I bet you stick it straight in the mortgage overpayment pot too!

    So Monday, here we are. Again.

    Potentially we've a busy day. I intend to whizz some bits and pieces around to the food bank - I'll buy the milk on the way, saves lugging it too far. And we'll have had to stick a hairbrush through our hair, as Great Aunt Maude* and Great Uncle Topher* are due to descend in the afternoon. Great Aunt Maude is a bit of a stickler, so I've also got to look like i know what I'm doing on the domestic front!

    Tea is slated as 'something from the freezer', but I've extended this to include using up bits from the fridge, freezer or storecupboard. I haven't given it any thought at present, but something will present itself Actually, I'm just thinking of something involving some of the parsnips that I bought yesterday - a Maria Elias recipe. I'll have to see what else I need.

    Right, best shift-a-tail-feather I guess, and jump to it. Alot to shoe-horn into one day

    Thanks for popping in, reading and writing spiffing things about me I don't expect it, but I do greatly appreciate it

    Greying X

    * not their real names. Obvs
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    • EssexHebridean
    • By EssexHebridean 10th Oct 16, 11:52 AM
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    The trick with wedges, I've found (this is from scratch ones, obviously, not whatever goodies the supermarkets can offer) is that you can get away with using not much oil BUT get it nice and hot before the tatties are added - similar principle to roasties, if there's no angry sounding noises from them as they hit the baking sheet it's not hot enough!

    I plugged this elsewhere this morning GP but have you tried Huge Furry-Wotsit's "Merguez Chickpea" recipe? I made a big bath on saturday and thought of you as it struck me as a recipe that would be right up your street. I'm going to try it with lentils at some stage I think to see if that works as a quicker version. Mine made the "beany" bit of a Buddha Bowl on saturday, are going to do the same thing again tonight, and there are a few portions frozen too!

    As for Great Aunt Maude, if she expects better standards than she has any right to, show her the cleaning cupboard. I would!
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 10th Oct 16, 4:25 PM
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    Good Afternoon

    well, we survived the visit

    Baby Greying got given a very nice homemade gift, which is beautiful and functional And we got gifted some produce too

    EH - I have looked up the recipe for Merguez chickpeas - you *know* me well Just my sort of dish I even have a stray orange and some dates, so could make the cous cous to go with it Definitely find room on the planner for that one this week. Thanks everso

    We trundled some things around to the foodbank. Baby Greying opened up their bobs and bits box and made a contribution too. So that's our contribution for this week. The UHT milk was british So an opportunity to support our farms too. Great Aunt Maude is not a fan of FB's. I can see her point, and I know what she means. But there are cracks in the system. Folk are growing up not knowing how to cook/budget/cope. What is the answer? At least our local FB does provide an all-round service; money management/cooking classes/coping skills. it isn't a 'doling out food parcels until the shelves are empty' operation. It is about engaging with people when they are on their uppers and seeing if they can be helped through timely assistance and then what their needs are going forward. I think that our FB is the 'best' model it can be. Is it perfect? Nope. Should it be needed in the 21st century in a Western civilised country? Probably not. But it is needed and it is being run as professionally and correctly as it can be. By unpaid volunteers.

    Baby Greying is asleep on my lap. I think having 2 new playmates for an hour has tired poor baby out!

    I've got to try to work out how to move, without waking BG up. As napping is always to be encouraged

    Greying X
    'Ich habe genug'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 10th Oct 16, 6:40 PM
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    Gosh yes, I definitely agree about napping. For adults too. In fact, I could just go a nap right now...

    Glad your visit went well Personally I think it's a scandal that food banks are needed in this day and age, but I'm glad yours does provide a decent all round service. Good on you for making the effort to donate to it x

    Tea tonight for me is based around the theme of 'veg'. Also known as 'we downsized our fridge for boring reasons and then for inexplicable reasons bought a giant load of veg which is now on *top* of the fridge and needs eating' Will report back
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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 10th Oct 16, 8:19 PM
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    Out local foodbank which I volunteer at also offers a more holistic approach & all in the process of planting a vegetable & herb garden.
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 10th Oct 16, 9:05 PM
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    Greying Pilgrim
    Good Evening

    Gosh yes, I definitely agree about napping. For adults too. In fact, I could just go a nap right now...
    Originally posted by Cheery Daff
    Oh good grief yes! I am in total agreement

    Yep, it's a hard one about food banks. There shouldn't be a need. And I can see Aunt's point about education, but the national curriculum has been in place for....... 20? 25 years? now. Home economics - or household management has been off the agenda for a looooonnnnngggg time. You can't re-educate generations overnight. It's a complex problem, to which FB's are only part of the answer - and only if they attempt to do more than 'feed a (wo)man for a day....' But as you know, for that, they need support....... Aunt and Uncle are also very self sufficient/reliant. For whatever reasons, not everyone in this world is blessed with that characteristic.

    Out local foodbank which I volunteer at also offers a more holistic approach & all in the process of planting a vegetable & herb garden.
    Originally posted by beanielou
    Ours too Beanie, and not everyone has seen how fruit and veg grows. I think it's important to get exposure to how to grow food, even if you're unwilling or unable to give gardening a go yourself.



    Not everything in life is black or white. There's plenty of graduation of grey. Let's keep exploring the grey



    Baby Greying got called 'bonny' today I'm now pondering whether to place all my financial future on BG being a whizz at 'Bonny Baby' competitions. We could sweep the eastern seaboard, take down every prize on offer at every holiday park.......... wait, whassat? They don't hold bonny baby competitions anymore??????

    HUMPF.

    Still, it was a lovely complement, from a very nice lady, who was telling me all about her bonny baby....... who is now 50

    Tea this evening was Maria Elia's Parsnip Orzotto. I have to say, I can't remember whether it was orzotto or risotto in her book, The Modern Vegetarian, but I always think parsnips pair well with pearl barley, and I had some in the storecupboard, so I made orzotto. I'm afraid that there is no recipe link, as it doesn't appear anywhere. Which is such a shame, as it is very easy to make - it appears complicated, but the most consuming bit is cutting the woody bits out of the centre of your parsnips - the thinner the parsnip, the less there is to remove. In effect, it is a orzotto/risotto with parsnip 3 ways. You boil parsnip with the onion/garlic and rice/pearl barley. You make a puree out of parsnip with milk, butter and garlic (optional) and then saute some parsnip 'chips' to put on top. Delicious.

    Picture here:



    The recipe used 4 tablespoons of mascarpone, and I was going to substitute with creme fraiche, but frankly, it didn't need it. The parsnip puree is so unctuous, it didn't need anything else - although the use of lemon juice (and I shoved in the zest too) is inspired, lifts the dish

    A tea and a half for a Monday night But a dish that screamed autumn flavours DH loved it and said he was savouring it - ultimate compliment I think. Very cheap to make too, when parsnips are on offer/ in the super 6 (which they are currently)/ you grow them yourself.

    Today has been full on, but enjoyable. I am grateful for these 3 things;

    a handmade gift, imbued with love (despite the giver's cranky exterior! )

    a simple recipe that yields a restaurant quality dish

    help from a council department

    Thanks for popping by, reading and debating stuff. There's never a simple, clear answer. Human kind can only keep striving to do their best in each moment in time I guess.

    Greying X
    Last edited by Greying Pilgrim; 10-10-2016 at 9:36 PM.
    'Ich habe genug'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 11th Oct 16, 3:29 PM
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    Good Afternoon

    I have an 'in form' Baby Greying on my lap, so this could be a short post!

    Today has already been spiffing - we've been invited out for tea later on in the week That hardly, like never, happens!

    I got a yellow pepper and a ruby grapefruit from mrW, both YS'd to 10p each

    I found out that m&$ now has a dedicated YS'd area Where they knock about tuppence off the original selling price of each item

    Baby Greying got ooohed and ahhed over by a nonagenarian Love it when folk insist on telling you how old they are.

    Tea this evening will be soup - it's the Maria Elia sweetcorn and lemongrass one - I re-noticed it (have made it before) when I was looking to see if the parsnip risotto recipe was available anywhere online. I did buy frozen sweetcorn, as I've not quite enough, but as we have that in the freezer normally, it was no big deal. I have YS'd lemongrass in the freezer and the bargain creme fraiche from h3ron f00ds in the fridge. I do now only have £5 of this week's food budget left due to having to sub the 'non-food' area (lightbulbs, lightfittings and loo paper!), but should be OK. It depends on what we end up taking to our dinner hosts. Although I've got out of the knack of making 'posh'desserts. I'd better check what they want me to bring. can't go empty handed.

    Can y'all help a luddite out. I don't particularly want a book of face account, however, everyone keeps on banging on about how spiffing the local selling pages are. I assume you have to be a fb a/c holder to participate? Does anyone know? Oh, and does it eat data to 'look' -we've limited data useage on phones, unlimited on BB. Ta.

    Baby Greying has fallen asleep i must write really boring posts! But the difficulty is that I'm now reduced to typing one-handed, so I think I'll sign off.

    See y'all later.

    Ta for popping in and reading. Mucho, mucho appreciated.

    Greying X
    'Ich habe genug'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • Pippilongstocking
    • By Pippilongstocking 11th Oct 16, 4:55 PM
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    Can y'all help a luddite out. I don't particularly want a book of face account, however, everyone keeps on banging on about how spiffing the local selling pages are. I assume you have to be a fb a/c holder to participate? Does anyone know? Oh, and does it eat data to 'look' -we've limited data useage on phones, unlimited on BB. Ta.

    Hello lady and baby

    You can use the book of face anonymously if you like just make up a fake name and keep your profile private - you'll often be asked to 'join' or request to join a local selling page - its free. You do need to link it to your/or an email address I use a diff email address for FB than I do in real life. Just prefer the privacy.

    Otherwise you can browse it without an account but that Mark Z man does not make it easy.

    If it were me I'd use a fake [private] name/private account and I'd just browse at home on unlimited BB - if you join/follow local groups - you'll be able to see any updates as it will alert you when you log in.

    You can use your phone to update you and get instant notifications but lifes, not that long and there are too many screen zombies out there already with data being munched. And you've got cutie BG to be oggling at instead of screens

    i'm sure you won't succumb.

    Mind on it can be addictive but barganious.

    There is a MSE small things sub-group on FB its a nice friendly bunch, some folks just have their anonymous 'handles' on there.

    My FB name isn't a real name either it always makes me chuckle when folks dont' realise and meet me and call me my made up name. FB isn't real life all the time I tell them, its fairy-book-land
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    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 11th Oct 16, 8:57 PM
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    Evening I confess I don't know anything about FB selling groups Listen to Pippi's wise words Alarmingly I seem to have a reputation in some circles for being the 'techie one' as I once made a skype conversation happen in a meeting with a group of people who had never seen such wonderous sights... Slightly regretted it ever since as now I'm in charge of that type of thing whenever it arises - should have kept my mouth shut!

    I cooked tonight Peach and chickpea curry on your recommendation Pretty tasty actually, although on reflection I really should have used some of the veg mountain, or the multiple dishes of leftovers, rather than eating all tinned stuff But hey ho, it's done now (and I've added another pile of leftovers to the collection of pans on the stove top... )

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    • apple muncher
    • By apple muncher 11th Oct 16, 9:26 PM
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    If you only want a fb account for selling things, could you try gumtr33 instead? You do still need to join, but it is much less intrusive, in my opinion, than fb.

    I feel for you with the 10 min naps from bg. I used to get 25 mins, and always used it to read a book - none of this 'doing chores' malarkey for me!
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 12th Oct 16, 9:14 AM
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    Greying Pilgrim
    Good Morning


    You can use the book of face anonymously if you like just make up a fake name and keep your profile private - you'll often be asked to 'join' or request to join a local selling page - its free. You do need to link it to your/or an email address I use a diff email address for FB than I do in real life. Just prefer the privacy.

    If it were me I'd use a fake [private] name/private account and I'd just browse at home on unlimited BB - if you join/follow local groups - you'll be able to see any updates as it will alert you when you log in.
    Originally posted by Pippilongstocking
    Pipster you are a marvel! That is exactly what I wondered if I could do. I have no motivation to do anything nefarious, but the only thing I would want to do with FB would be the local selling pages. I've no intention of setting up a page to boast about 'me tea' , baby TarquinAmelia's 'firsts' nor how much my property has appreciated in value overnight So I'd like to stay anonymous, because if it happens that the selling pages are as bad as the local freecycle pages - far too cliquey and all the good stuff is divvied up before it hits the pages - well then my foray into FBdom is going to last 2 seconds! It is just that 3 independent folk have now mentioned it as good for getting bargains.

    My FB name isn't a real name either it always makes me chuckle when folks dont' realise and meet me and call me my made up name. FB isn't real life all the time I tell them, its fairy-book-land
    Originally posted by Pippilongstocking
    You do realise that if we ever meet in RL, DH will be calling you 'Pippi' don't you?

    apple muncher - I appreciate the tip, I'm not sure if I have much to sell though, it's more being interested in what other people have to sell, at present.

    Thinking about it, perhaps I ought to shove all my 'wants' on freecycle. I rarely look at our local one now, I got fed up of people asking for things, expensive things, and being very specific as to what they would and would not accept. Whilst I am aware that there are always a set of folk who throw perfectly good stuff away, there are also a set of folk who are down right cheeky.

    On the planner today is 'something with rice' I may stick with that and pull some chilli from the freezer, or I may just change it to, 'something with pasta' to use up bits elsewhere. Tea last night was soup. I made a version of Maria Elia's Sweetcorn & Lemongrass soup. I used frozen sweetcorn, didn't use milk - just water and a stock pot thingy, used 2 YS'd lemongrass stalks and i stirred the blob of creme fraiche in totally, rather than as a finishing 'swirl'. Served with flatbread, picture here;



    Right, Baby Greying has got fed up, so I'd better vamoose.

    Ta for popping in, reading and for all your help and advice. Mucho appreciated. As ever.

    Greying X
    Last edited by Greying Pilgrim; 12-10-2016 at 9:17 AM.
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    • EssexHebridean
    • By EssexHebridean 12th Oct 16, 10:09 AM
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    I've never thought of using frozen sweetcorn GP - I do always have tinned in though, and the tins of value stuff are so cheap... frozen sliced peppers are my "always in" go to though - they're brilliant!

    Got distracted (by which I mean "had to get on with some actual work") before I was able to finish there.

    Your parsnip thing looks ace and as MrEH LOVES 'snips I may need to note that for the future.

    Stripes I take great delight in using your made up name whenever I need to send you anything - you may have noticed!
    Last edited by EssexHebridean; 12-10-2016 at 12:29 PM.
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 12th Oct 16, 4:14 PM
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    Stripes I take great delight in using your made up name whenever I need to send you anything - you may have noticed!
    Originally posted by EssexHebridean
    Ha ha - I've just popped something in the post box (the red one ) to 'Pippi' - it was sooooo tempting

    EH - if you don't have access to Maria's book or a library copy and you need recipe spec for the parsnip dish, let me know. The dish looks complicated, but broken down it is as easy as. But in the original recipe, she does advocate using the parsnip peelings to make stock. very but not always practical. I know where she is coming from - she uses sweetcorn cobs (de-kerneled) to make stock too - and she's right, it's all about boosting the flavour at no extra cost.

    Greying X
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    • EssexHebridean
    • By EssexHebridean 12th Oct 16, 4:19 PM
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    Thank you Greying - I may well beg that recipe from you at some stage. Parsnip peelings in stock though? Hmmmm.....de-kernaled corn cobs though I'm with her on....especially a chicken stock....which then gets made into chicken and sweetcorn soup. Slurp.
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 13th Oct 16, 8:47 AM
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    Good Morning

    Gosh, this week is whizzing.

    I may well manage a NSD today. I think we've got all the 'big' stuff that we need. The menu-planner says 'buddha bowl' and I know that I've got several choices for that option (lucky Greying!)

    Tea last night was 2 bean chilli from the freezer, rice, broccoli and creamed sweetcorn. I used up the last of the creme fraiche in the creamed sweetcorn. Unfortunately there was just a bit too much creme fraiche to sweetcorn - but I would have been left with a 'silly' bit of CF otherwise, so it did resemble sweetcorn 'custard'. Tasted fine though, and there was still sufficient fibre contained therein

    Baby Greying is full of beans this morning, so I'm quitting whilst I'm ahead.

    Thanks for popping by, mucho, mucho appreciated.

    Greying X
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    • EssexHebridean
    • By EssexHebridean 13th Oct 16, 10:45 AM
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    Baby Greying is full of beans this morning, so I'm quitting whilst I'm ahead.
    Originally posted by Greying Pilgrim
    As are you, by the sound of it...!
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 13th Oct 16, 3:46 PM
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    As are you, by the sound of it...!
    Originally posted by EssexHebridean

    Cheeky! But yes, we were!

    Well, I talked alot of tosh about anticipating a NSD, I'd forgotten we needed bananas, so I bought a couple of other things too (needed) since the NSD had gone, plus DH has been tasked with picking up some bits from mrL.

    I had a good look at the YS'd department in m&$. Unless you know exactly what the price of the item was originally, you have no idea how much they have knocked off. Their stickers just say 'Now £X.XX' And of course, because all the items are out of context, there is no SEL to refer to. They must think I'm stoopid........ I stuck with my bananas, which i had weighed, so knew approximately how much they were going to be. And the self-service till didn't defeat me today It is the small things

    I had a wander around treegum for our local area last night. Half an hour later........ To be fair, there were some baby things on there, but I have no idea if they were attractively priced, as they were not things on my radar. Would they have been nice for BG to have? I guess, but were they needed? What i did find advertised was something that I would 'like', so I then spent time looking up to see if it was well priced, only to find that in fact, I would need the 'next one up', which was, on average, 50% dearer! And why, why, why dear readers, did you not let me into the big secret that I could make fowsands by working out me own 'ome. Tsk! keep a gal in penury why dontcha!

    I hope FB have specific selling 'areas' if I have to wade though all the adverts, it's unlikely to happen. I've already proved my own point, by my own actions last night!

    On a related note, I did take a look at our local freecycle again. Nothing caught my eye, but the tone had definitely changed - back to its orginal purpose - ie I have this, do you want it? Or I need this, do you have it going spare? None of this, 'I want this, it must be red, no older than 12 months, undented, in full working order, still under guarantee, and you'll need to deliver it, wrap it and sing 'Happy Birthday'..............

    Right, better potter off. BG is resolutely determined to keep awake and has morphed into the wriggliest thing in wriggledom!

    TTFN, Greying X
    'Ich habe genug'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 13th Oct 16, 9:34 PM
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    Greying Pilgrim
    Good Evening

    Tonight's post is powered by a soundtrack of INXS, 'coz frankly, why not?

    Today has been a funny day.

    A convo over on edinburgher's thread got me to thinking about online personas. I choose not to be overly revelatory about my life. Actually, a diary is quite a departure for me. But what little I do write is all true. I don't make stuff up to make myself more interesting. No, I really am this pedestrian I am happy to say when I'm wrong; when I don't understand or when I'm upset about something. I hope that the 'me' in RL is no different to the Greying Pilgrim you see before you.

    On the high street today, someone fell over. I was the nearest person able to go to help. I had to dodge through cars, who's drivers were rubber-necking........ By the time I got to them, they'd picked themselves up. I picked up some of their scattered belongings, and asked if they were OK. They said they were. They then said something (nice) that quite, quite choked me up. I don't know why I'm telling you this, it's just that they had noticed me, with Baby Greying - and didn't expect to be speaking to me I guess. It's just such a contrast to the interaction with a stranger the other week............. I hope that they really were OK, (I'm apt to believe adults when they say they are OK), 'coz I had to just make my excuses and continue on my way, or burst into tears, which wouldn't have helped the situation......

    Tea this evening was a buddha bowl. I was planning on utilising some of the Kala chana to make the Merguez Chickpeas that EH recommended. Well as it turned out, when I looked up the recipe for the chickpeas, components for the rest of the buddha bowl kinda presented themselves. So I had this all in hand, and I was stood in the kitchen, looking at Baby Greying (a hard job, but someone's gotta do it ) and something mentioned on Cheery's thread wandered into my brain-cell. Jack Monroe's smokey red lentil burgers...... what a combo

    However,

    I hadn't enough time to make burgers had I?

    Well, I'm nowt if not stubborn, so I gave it a go. Of course, in my rush, I didn't drain the lentils adequately, so the mix was very loose. So I improvised and made use of lentils natural propensity to solidify when they cool. I greased a baking tin and poured the mix out, levelled it and shoved it in the fridge. 1 bathed baby later, and the mix was solid enough to turn out and cut up into lengths.

    So, we had; date & orange cous cous, with merguez chickpeas and green beans topped with smokey lentil 'fingers' and the spiced yoghurt dressing (Hugh's recipe) made with some of the merguez spice and a drizzle of pomegranate molasses and some caraway seeds scattered over. Picture here;



    I ran some chopped fresh tomato through the chickpeas - I could have done the squash (I have some) but couldn't be bothered to have the oven on. I wouldn't hesitate to make a light tomato sauce for them next time, I think it would work.

    I didn't use medjool dates. I can only afford them when they are heavily discounted in mrW after Christmas. I used the dates from h0me bargins at 89p for 500g.

    I am going to make some hummus with the additional chickpeas that i cooked up in the PC. I think I'll have a go at red pepper hummus and use some of the extra merguez spice powder I made See, you thought this was all 'fly by the seat of my pants' didn't you? Some planning does occasionally happen y'know

    Keepers of recipes - thanks EH and thank you Cheery for the prompt about the smokey red lentil burgers - perfick

    Today, I'm grateful for much. But let's leave it to the lads eh?



    Greying X
    Last edited by Greying Pilgrim; 13-10-2016 at 9:53 PM.
    'Ich habe genug'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
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