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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 27th Oct 16, 9:11 AM
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    Greying Pilgrim
    The Simple Bare Necessities feat. Gratitude & Recipes
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    • 27th Oct 16, 9:11 AM
    The Simple Bare Necessities feat. Gratitude & Recipes 27th Oct 16 at 9:11 AM
    Hello

    I think that the time may be right to start a new diary. So much has changed since I started my 2nd diary, which can be found HERE and we're a whole lifetime away from my first diary, which can be found HERE

    Whilst my first 2 diaries concentrated on living a simple life, concentrating on debt-avoidance for my (then) DP and I, we had a 'bit' of a tumultuous 2015, which meant that my DP became my DH and we 'Two' became 3, with the safe arrival of Baby Greying

    Our focus has changed dramatically. Far from contemplating 'downsizing' (a bit of a misnomer in terms of our house, honestly, I've been in bigger 'flats'! ) and somehow achieving early retirement; we now have a future focus that needs us to be super fit and active for as long as we can be. Also, as older first time parents, we are both committed to try to be in Baby Greying's life for as long as possible, without being a burden. Because whilst being older does have some distinct advantages when applied to parenting, there is no denying there's a downside too..............

    Also, the economic climate is changing once again. Blame it on whatever you like, but there is always some reason why prices of x, y or z rise. There is always a reason why, when you find a way to combat inflation; someone comes along and changes the rules of the game. A good example of this is our wood burner. When we had it installed, we had access to a goodly amount of free wood, we both had the time and energy to process it and we could live with parts of the house being cold. Forward 10 years; more people have stoves - and are all chasing that 'free' wood, 'purchased' logs are now very expensive around here and we've no time to stack nor chop wood. It's become easier, and 'as expensive' to flick the on switch for the central heating....... a cleaner in-house option, that can keep the whole house a manageable temperature and Baby Greying at a safe and comfortable temperature.

    Now it does matter if our hair-brained money saving wheezes make our teeth fall out or our toes freeze orf, because it impacts on our ability to look after Baby Greying in the now and in the future. Our health and well-being is a priority - but still not at any price. We want to have it all,;but with only a modest budget available, we're gonna have to get creative. I rarely shop in the 'big 4' supermercados. We purchase some things from mrL, some from mrAl. A smattering from mrW, mrT and m&$ (bananas mostly), with h0me bargins and h3ron f00ds being the sources of our regular shopping. We also have access to a food co-operative and I occasionally get to go to the next city along to get bulk purchases of pulses and spices.

    Our focus now (that we've got over the shock of Baby Greying ) is to move on from Greying Towers. The long and short of it boils down to it not being the right environment for us to bring up a child here. There are nicer places. We need to find them. So a move is on the cards. However, some renovation of the towers is necessary, and whilst funding has always been an issue; now we have the added upheaval of trying to do work around a baby. Not impossible, but not ideal. It's also still proving impossible to find reliable tradespeople. We're looking for a plumber, again

    The one thing that I've come to recognise with age is that there is always 'good stuff' in every life. Even when you're really going through the mill. There are good people, who say or do good things to help you. There are the wonders of nature to take in at every turn. There is humour everywhere, even if you have to look under a few rocks to find it. It is important to be thankful, even on the dark days. And I try to do that - and find writing it down, in my online diary a good exercise in stopping. And thinking.

    We like food at Greying Towers. I write about it alot. I take pictures of me tea. We're vegetarian (at present) and so vegetables feature. Alot. When it's gifted HG produce, it's even better

    So, do you fancy climbing aboard for the new adventure. Taking some time out to Fall apart in my backyard with Me, DH and BG?

    Greying X
    Last edited by Greying Pilgrim; 29-10-2016 at 8:24 AM.
    'Ich habe genug'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
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    • Verbatim
    • By Verbatim 17th Jun 17, 11:24 PM
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    We took a trip up the High Street, dropped off the library books and pootled around to HB to get a couple of things.

    I always have a peruse of the *bargain* (?) bins at the front of the store, and usually walk on by. However, today I spotted these;



    At 29p each, for a 120g carton, I thought that they would be worth a punt. I needed some 'wholemeal' type flour to make a Molly Cake, and thought that the Freekeh flour might fit the bill. I think I might have a go at pancakes with the Quinoa Flour. There was chickpea flour too. I thought that it might be 'store specific' with them being in the bargain bins, but according to HDUK, they could be in stores across the land. Just the right size to try out these types of flours, and at about 1/5th the cost of the supermercados, a pretty good deal. 2 of them have August BB dates, the Freekeh, which I'll be using today has a BB November 2017 (typical ).

    Greying X
    Originally posted by Greying Pilgrim
    How strange! I went into an unfamiliar organic gocer/greengrocer today because there was a pop up prformance (local festival). While there I had a mooch around and saw the self same tubes of flour. Don't think they were at those prices though!
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    • rtandon27
    • By rtandon27 18th Jun 17, 7:32 AM
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    Indeed not! Mr Ts has the quinoa flour listed on sale at 1.25 regularly 1.50!!!

    The posh Flour's own website does have some lovely recipes on it!
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 19th Jun 17, 9:52 PM
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    Good Evening

    We've been having a swell(tering!) time Lucky enough to spend Father's Day together as a family. Mucho fun and laughter was had And egg sangers, no-sausage rolls and HM cake........

    I'm delighted to report that I took baby steps towards achieving my challenge targets again today. It was toooooooooooo hot to be outside, so we stayed in the relative coolness (I did say relative......... ) of the house, and Baby Greying decided that snoozing was really a good way of beating the heat I was able to work around them, pottering with mini-tasks that had either been sitting and niggling for yonks or which will contribute to helping us achieve the BIG stuff on the challenge list Every little helps us along

    I was sad to learn of Brian Cant's death. As others have said, he was one of the sounds of my childhood. 'Pugh, Pugh, Barney Mcgrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grubb'

    Tea this evening was a made-up pasta dish - at least I think it is made up - that I have been cogitating on for a while. I bought some straight (rather than elbow) macaroni from MrM last week, with the intention of making it into a pasta dish. And I don't know why, but I wanted to add mini mozarella, black olives and green beans to it. So I did I also used the italian dressing recipe to dress it all, with some garlic thrown it. I wish I had microplaned the garlic in, it was a bit harsh But overall it kinda worked, and sort of looked like the picture I had of it in my head. Picture of DH's plate;



    Today i am grateful for these 3 things;

    refuge from the heat

    reminders of childhood

    re-awakening my mojo - hope I can keep it going

    Ta for popping by and reading. Appreciated.

    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 20th Jun 17, 8:47 AM
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    Greying Pilgrim
    Good Morning

    Another warm start here today We shall be getting outdoor chores started early to avoid lobster syndrome

    Tea this evening will be another 'room temperature' soup. I'm going to make Anissa Helou's version of Makhluta, which is a bean and grain soup. A similar recipe (but not Anissa's) can be found HERE. There is not enough spicing in that version for me - Anissa uses Lebanese 7 spice, which I've just made up a batch of.

    Right, must crack on.

    Greying X
    Last edited by Greying Pilgrim; 20-06-2017 at 8:49 AM.
    'Ich habe genug'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • rtandon27
    • By rtandon27 20th Jun 17, 9:59 AM
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    Small giggle for you...

    Tried to click on your first link & work computer said it was a forbidden site! Hovered to discover it was called 'frugalvillage' - obviously work thinks being frugal is a no-no!?!
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    • EssexHebridean
    • By EssexHebridean 20th Jun 17, 1:05 PM
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    Naughty work RT!

    My Brian Cant memory is "How high can a fly fly when a fly flies ever so high!" from a saturday afternoon thing he did I think - PlayAway maybe? And of course "Through the.....round window!" definitely a voice of my childhood though - and losing him and John Noakes so close together feels like a double blow.
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 20th Jun 17, 2:44 PM
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    Greying Pilgrim
    Small giggle for you...

    Tried to click on your first link & work computer said it was a forbidden site! Hovered to discover it was called 'frugalvillage' - obviously work thinks being frugal is a no-no!?!
    Originally posted by rtandon27
    rtandon - I can only imagine that your 'corporate' computer is saving you from yourself and encouraging you to remain in the consumer mainstream! I've just had a little canter around the Frugal Village site - looks quite good actually, and there are sub-sections for 'Frugal Canadians' and 'Frugal Europeans' (assume the site is US) - obviously subversive activity, swapping jam recipes and knitting patterns!!

    But EH - it was never through the round window Always the boring square window or the slightly more architecturally interesting arch window! Surprised someone didn't write a PhD on the times each of the windows were picked, or not

    Ach, I think BG has got overly hot or bothered today or something, they have been a niggle bottom all morning - although they were impeccably behaved when we were out - for which I'm grateful. They are having a snooze now, hopefully they will relax and unwind and wake up refreshed.

    I picked up the TV guide, some bananas, a cucumber and some cherry toms, up the high street. I was niggled to find that one of the salad tommies that I got in Aldee on Sunday was going mouldy. I cut the top off and used it in my sandwich for lunch. I know that they were only 49p for 6, but still. It's definitely going to be squeaky-bum with the food budget this month. Clearly I cannot bulk buy bags of rice out of the month's budget, without it having an adverse effect on cash-flow later in the month. It does irritate me though, as the food I have bought has been predominantly 'good' stuff, you know; fruit, veg, nuts, pulses, yoghurt etc. I think the only 'luxury' stuff I have bought has been some halloumi and I've bought some (frozen) cod to try a new recipe. Not exactly 'eating like kings' nor' dining on junk' are we? Oh, thinking about it, I bought into the mrL cheese offer too, so there is another £8 that was spent on food that will last longer than just this month (now that I'm back in charge of cheese rationing )

    Right, I best make hay whilst BG naps.

    Ta for popping in and chatting. Appreciated.

    Greying X
    'Ich habe genug'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 20th Jun 17, 5:31 PM
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    It always irritates me a lot that it is actually in a lot of cases cheaper to buy junk & that there is always a lot of junk on offer.
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 21st Jun 17, 9:06 PM
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    Good Evening

    to beanie

    Well, I've had to do a cash adjustment and 'repay' my current month's food budget the money that I paid out for the rice and cheese. It's still going to be squeaky, squeaky as it is, just buying the basics. Ah well. Suppose it would be boring if it t'were easy...........

    I have also put in a bit of a 'float' for the 'bulk buys'. The money has come from my savings account, but I need to cut myself a bit of slack. Hopefully when it is up and running, it'll all even out and there will be money in the 'bulk purchases' pot each time they need to be made/opportunities present themselves.

    I popped into the market 'all just to use the loo But couldn't resist going past the 'outrageously priced greengrocery stall'. Lemons there are now 25% more expensive than m&$ I bought some lemons from HB - 5 for a pand.

    My shopping in HB came to just shy of £10 - it was just for nick-nacky bits - no real 'food' as such; herbs, coffee, lemons, risotto rice, coconut milk etc

    Tea last night was as described in my post of the morning. It was OK - you have to like pulses to like it I think..... And whilst it was room temperature, it probably was a bit too heavy for the weather...... Picture here;



    Tea this evening was a bit of a bodge. I knew I wanted to use rice, and then I figured I'd use the remaining pieces of smoked aubergine bake out of the freezer and throw together some salad. I boiled up some brown rice. Defrosted the bake. Luckily DH managed to snag the last bag of wild rocket in mrL for 45p (PotW), and I knew I had tomatoes and cucumber to do something with. I did my tried and trusted oil and balsamic dressing for the tomatoes, and just let them sit, but I knew I didn't want to do a 'creamy' cucumber side. Orf onto the 'puter I went and came across a recipe that sounded fresh and different, so I had a bash at The Best Cucumber Salad - yeh, like eva*......... I made a yoghurt/mayo dressing with diced,roasted red pepper and smoked paprika to 'drizzle' (or should that be drip ) over the bake and rocket leaves. Threw it all on a plate and it looked a bit like this;



    The cucumber salad is a keeper for me. I didn't have any dill, so I crushed a little bit of fennel seed up and mixed it with parsley - apparently dill is a member of the parsley family - to add to the sliced cucumber. I didn't have salad onion, but did remember to microplane the garlic tonight - made the world of difference The salt draws out the cucumber 'water' and it really makes a nice salad.

    Today i am grateful for these 3 things;

    wonderful kindness and thoughfulness from a stranger

    for seizing the initiative, rather than waiting for others to act - helped us take a tiny step forward with our priorities too

    for a relaxed conversation with my husband at the tea-table - a real treat for us both, even if an hour did evaporate into the ether.......

    Ta for popping in, reading and joining in. Appreciated.

    Greying X

    * releasing my inner teenager - soz!
    Last edited by Greying Pilgrim; 21-06-2017 at 9:09 PM.
    'Ich habe genug'

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • EssexHebridean
    • By EssexHebridean 22nd Jun 17, 11:19 AM
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    Ha! I have JUST mentioned on my own diary about the Lil's POTW mini cucumbers this week - and you post that recipe link. Mmmm....might need to track down some dill, and if I'm going to get dill, there will be more than I need for the salad so that means fish one day early next week!

    *runs off to add spring onions & dill to the shopping list*
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    • thriftmonster
    • By thriftmonster 23rd Jun 17, 8:19 AM
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    Delurking to say: when I make a German version of this, I use dried dill and it works fine (and keeps for ever ).

    I soak the sliced cucumber (peeled or not) in cider/ wine vinegar, a tsp of salt and a tsp of sugar plus a good sprinkling of dill for at least half an hour. Give it a good mix around every so often. When ready to serve drain the vinegar. It can be served plain or with sour cream/ yoghurt stirred through. We call it Nina's cucumber salad after the friend whose recipe it is.
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 23rd Jun 17, 8:29 AM
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    Good Morning

    Well, it was my turn to fall asleep in Baby Greying's room last night

    Tea was a Falafel salad bowl. I'd share a pic, but hey, guess what? PB is playing up.......... I was pleased that it was made up of components that I had/needed using (go me! ) The one recipe that I used - although I didn't (need to) follow it slavishly in this instance was Cous Cous with Chickpeas & Goats Cheese - a recipe by Julie Le Clerc from her 'Made in Morrocco' cookbook. I didn't use chickpeas, as I had the falafel, and didn't need goats cheese in this instance. Please ignore the picture for the recipe - there isn't aubergine in the recipe, so your dish won't look like the photo. Need to get me a job as a cookbook/recipe/picture editor me thinks

    Tea this evening will be pizza and 'something'. Not too sure if it will be pasta salad or wedges/oven chips. I haven't any tatties to make wedges, and looking at the YS'd prices in m&$ yesterday, I won't be having any for a while........

    I've sorted out a menu plan for the remainder of June. The recipes of Jack Monroe feature heavily........ I've probably only enough left in my budget to buy the 'essentials', so need to get creative with what i have.

    I'm able to check another thing off as accomplished on my 'challenge' - it's so wee (form completion) and yet it's because it's been on the 'list' it's been accomplished. I need to buy a stamp and send it off today, which I can do

    Definitely having the challenge is moving us forward. I've done far more in June, than I possibly have for most of this year; but in teeny tiny steps, rather than huge project completion. I suppose I'm doing the equivalent of a daily 'Tilly-Tidy' of a penny against a mortgage of £100,000 - but it's progress, and better than letting 6 months pass, wishing for a lottery win of £100k to pay it off in full..........

    Still can't shift me blessed weight though........

    Right, can't think of owt else MS, so best vamoose.

    Ta for reading. Appreciated.

    Greying X
    'Ich habe genug'

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