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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 27th Oct 16, 8:11 AM
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    Greying Pilgrim
    The Simple Bare Necessities feat. Gratitude & Recipes
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    • 27th Oct 16, 8:11 AM
    The Simple Bare Necessities feat. Gratitude & Recipes 27th Oct 16 at 8:11 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 7:24 AM.
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    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 3rd May 19, 9:00 AM
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    Morning Greying,

    Ah, I take your point re mobiles - ours are not connected to PN (could be) but for sure, we do not get to use BT hotspots except when a friend shared their log-in details

    My mobile is now the second phone on DS's EE and we are both on Sim-only with nearly enough data for him (and plenty for me, having stopped work) - need renewing so a good time to consider the whole kit'n'caboodle (sp?)
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    • rtandon27
    • By rtandon27 3rd May 19, 7:55 PM
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    ...Friday already....Pizza and wedges for tea...
    Originally posted by Greying Pilgrim
    Dare I say it?....

    *whispers*...

    All is right with the world...
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    (With heartfelt thanks to those who have gone before us & their indubitable generosity.)
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 5th May 19, 7:29 AM
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    Greying Pilgrim
    Good Morning


    How's your w/end going?


    Ours is going pretty spiffy. We're nibbling away at chores in our own little fashion. DH woke up 'early' (not as early as he'd intended mind......) this morning, to get on with preps for more chores (moving toot around), and BG woke up and wanted to join in - so I got an earlier start than intended, as DH was doing something that wasn't safe to have a small underfoot 'supervising'


    We trying to mix in pleasurable activities with chores, so hopefully a pit-stop at the play-park will be on the cards today. We'll pop to a nearby market town and hopefully re-stock the larder and cupboards. And DH wants to carry on with DIY.


    Tea on Friday night was indeed black olive pizza and (YS'd M&$ tatties) wedges. Tea last night was lentil dhal, rice and a splodge of leftover sweet potato jalfrezi, from the freezer. Filled a gap and didn't break the bank. But BG has gone off lentil dhal which is a nuisance, and was just about the only 'exotic' food choice they would currently eat Although they still love black olives, I was happy that they were getting a different protein source.



    Tea this evening should be something HM - but I'm leaning towards lazyness and using the stand-by of cardboard box fish, oven chips and mushy peas....... but it's what is contributing to my budget-bustedness on a regular basis so I really ought to pull my finger out and get creative!



    Can't think of owt else particularly to witter on about. Um, I've sorted thru BG's clothes and changed their 'wardrobe' around. Thank goodness for gifted clothes! As BG's outgrowing their current set of clothes virtually overnight! But with hand-me-downs and a couple of garments given as gifts plus a couple of chazzer finds, I think we'll be pretty much OK for the summer. But best get scouring for autumn/winter wear! Pity that children's clothing has all lent towards 'fashionable' pieces, away from functionality or practicality. Don't children get dirty anymore? Oh, a very kind friend DID pick up a pair of 'play' shoes from a store across the way, as our local one didn't have BG's size. They were going to a store in a different town, and luckily the right size was in stock. Not only did they do all the sourcing and carriage, but they wouldn't take any cash for them, and gifted them to BG! Gosh, folks are so incredibly, INCREDIBLY kind to us!! But it's true to say that BG has all but lived in them since they received them!


    Right, BG and DH have breakfasted, I'm halfway thru my second coffee, so will go in search of a piece of toast I think. No avocados to pop atop it, until I've done a shop today


    Ta for popping in. Appreciated greatly.


    Greying X
    'Larger than the World's chaos, is it's miracles...' - Katherine Rundell, Author.

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 5th May 19, 8:37 AM
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    Hurrah for ‘play’ shoes for BG.
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    • rtandon27
    • By rtandon27 5th May 19, 11:04 AM
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    ...I can just picture BG 'supervising' Papa - so cute
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 5th May 19, 7:35 PM
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    Greying Pilgrim
    Good Evening


    Waves to beanie




    ...I can just picture BG 'supervising' Papa - so cute
    Originally posted by rtandon27

    It is very funny rtandon - although you're constantly looking for the string that attaches the pair of them - talk about 'me & my shadow'! DH is certainly a v. much 'beloved' Papa


    Gosh, nigh on £40 later in expenditure in the local-ish market town...... All spent on groceries Parking was free. Entertainment for BG was free, so it was all 'reckless' spending on 'stuff' by mumma wot has unravelled the household budget And do you know, I didn't buy that much...................


    I got 7 jars of peanut butter (various sizes) for a FB donation. The product is good, the price was right, and there is sufficient date on the jars to supply families with PB. It is one of the constants on local FB 'most wanted' lists. So I have no worries that it won't be well received and utilised quick smart. I am thinking of putting together a package of items for FB donation to commemorate something. I've decided the budget in my head (a huge amount as far as I'm concerned - but I know it will purchase very little in reality ), and i'm determined to work my butt orf to get the absolute bestest bang for my buck that I can, so that the maximum of assistance is given by the donation. One of our local FB's is now routinely running out of stock, due to increased demand. Whilst we have never been the 'wealthy' neighbourhood that everyone has painted us as, t'ain't right that folks lack. T'ain't right.


    I bought some loo roll that was on special offer in £str3tcher. If it is 'good enough' it will save us £2 on our normal purchase - if it blocks the loo, the drains and the town sewer, then we must have a re-think....... I also picked up a couple of rolls of kitchen towel that saved me 20p on my usual purchase (but I have bought the brand before, and found it good enough).


    I got a jar of 'luxury' plum jam to try for 49p. Not sure I've ever had plum jam. Damson, yes (with and without stones), but plum I dunna think so.


    I dropped lucky in mrAl and got the white grapes on 'half price' (YS'd) so that I was able to select 2 punnets of grapes for less than HB (my preferred option, normally) charge for one I also bought 2x 4 packs of avos - from Israel, £1.50 per pack, so I'm gonna have to revive my instoryagram account............................ [jus' joshing! ]


    Lunch was egg mayo sangers , the cheapy version of pr1ngles and grapes DH got stuck into more toot shovelling, aggregate purchasing [rollseyessmiley] and DIY this arvo. I mostly tried toddler containment....................................... ....


    Tea this evening was bean & lentil chilli (RKB's purchased in HB for 29p a tin x 2), rice and steamed green beans.



    Today I am grateful for these 3 things;


    a car to take us from a to b and toot from here to t'tip............


    that BG loves the simple things in life


    paving slabs reclaimed off a skip (we did ask) are being put to new life at the towers


    Thanks for popping in. Appreciated.


    Greying X
    'Larger than the World's chaos, is it's miracles...' - Katherine Rundell, Author.

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 5th May 19, 7:51 PM
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    Our Fb is the same sadly.
    Now regularaly running out of staples
    Such a sad sign of the times.
    Donations are dropping too.
    As I think more & more people are feeling the pinch.
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 6th May 19, 5:29 AM
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    Good Morning


    beanie, I think you are right about folk feeling the pinch generally. I also think that one of our local FB's (not the one that has done the urgent appeal), had taken a mis-step in not informing the public as to what is needed - or asking at times for 'just' non-food items. I know these cost, and I know - from my own household expenditure - that it's difficult to afford loo paper/deodrant/sanitary products/shampoo/nappies on top of a basic grocery shop. But given where I live, and the mindset of some, the FB were unfortunately (and inadvertently) re-inforcing the belief of some local people that foodbanks provide 'everything' (in vast quantities) for clients. An incorrect notion, I know, but I have had that much flack from acquaintances (or complete strangers seeing me put items in collection boxes!) and family, for supporting the FB, that it's a charitable donation that people have very strong feelings about - and some extraordinarily entrenched views...........



    Meanwhile I just keep on doing what I can. Which isn't much





    I forgot to say that last night's chilli yielded enough for a 'second tea' portion for us, and a dollop for a baked tattie topping, lunch-type portion for one of us. I must get better at sort-of batch cooking. Not necessarily taking a morning to make X amount of dishes, but making a big vat full for tea and then storing the excess. I always find that more difficult in the warmer months though, as salad-y type things don't necessarily keep - and I'm not a fan of repeating teas throughout the week. And yes, if I had to live on lentils, to pay the bills, I would have to pull my horns in, wouldn't I?


    We will be having another day of pootling and fettling today. There is mucho to pootle and fettle


    Lunch will be sangers of some description. I bought neither fresh tomatoes, nor cucumber yesterday which was remiss of me (love a cheese & tommy sanger ). But the m&$ salad tommy 6-packs were still the 'petit' offering from Poland (different store too), so stayed on the shelf as not offering good value for money, and the cherry tommys that I saw in mrL were so 'not red' - as in nowhere near - that they looked thoroughly unattractive to eat. From experience these type of tomatoes go soft and wrinkly before they ever get a shade of deep red MrA has a habit of stocking them And even when bought YS'd they've not 'ripened'.



    I shall try very hard to do a 'proper' tea and not resort to my 'cheat' tea I did get some oven chips yesterday, as the h3r0n I went into actually had the oven chips that we like So I have now got all the components of a HM 'chipper tea'. But I shall challenge myself to try to hold out to only use it when it's really needed to be - not because I'm being a lazy lump!


    It could be a nsd today - which would be good. We shall see.


    Can't think of owt else to mention. So best vamoose I guess.



    Ta for popping by. Appreciate it, greatly.


    Greying X
    'Larger than the World's chaos, is it's miracles...' - Katherine Rundell, Author.

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 6th May 19, 5:53 AM
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    Oh tis lovely to have you back posting regularly greying!

    All this talk of cooking actually inspired me to cook yesterday - I've been mostly eating toast or cereal or omelettes it feels like for weeks but yesterday i made a nice lasagne with butter beans and some sun dried tomatoes that i had part of a birthday present and it was lovely and there's enough left for another three portions, so I'll have one today and stick the others in t the freezer

    People really do feel strongly about food banks don't they? Can't believe people challenging you when you're putting in a donation though - the cheek! i confess i have no idea where our local one even is round here, must investigate

    Good to see DIY progress being made too i know how these things day on and seem to take forever but you WILL get there eventually

    Have a good bank holiday
    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 6th May 19, 6:09 AM
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    Greying Pilgrim

    People really do feel strongly about food banks don't they? Can't believe people challenging you when you're putting in a donation though - the cheek! i confess i have no idea where our local one even is round here, must investigate
    Originally posted by Cheery Daff

    Oh, people always, 'know what they know' - don't they? They've always know of a friend of a friend's aunty's next door neighbour's cat-sitter's fiance who once lived down the road from someone that visited their foodbank in their rollersroyce and had the staff load up the boot whilst they sat and waited...... But yes, folk have made THEIR opinions of FB's very well known at any opportunity. It hasn't put me off donating, it won't put me off donating. I trust FB volunteers and staff to do their best for everyone that needs a helping hand at a given moment in time. If people actually learnt more about FB's rather than spouting off, they would know that the remit often includes advice, guidance and educational opportunities - they are not all about providing 'fish for the day', but include help in casting the fishing rod.......


    I hope someone is there with a fishing net, should I ever need a little support.......................





    Have a good bank holiday
    Originally posted by Cheery Daff

    You too lovely lass


    Greying X
    'Larger than the World's chaos, is it's miracles...' - Katherine Rundell, Author.

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 6th May 19, 8:38 AM
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    Well, I'm delighted to report that the 49p of Plum jam ('conserve') that I picked up in p0und$tr3tch3r is delish! It's labelled as 'Taylors'. But a quick goggle didn't reveal nowt. Then I had a look on the label, and 340g 'hexagonal' type jar is apparently packed for 'PS' with a Huddersfield postcode......... OK, so it's specially packed for...... p0und$tr3tch3r?



    If you read the online reviews for a plum jam conserve sold by the orange supermercado, you will see that folks say it is nice, but the lumps of plum are too big....... There are loads of plums in this jam


    For 49p, I'll take cast-offs from supermercados putting smaller bits of fruit in their products It tastes like HM jam Although clearly not to WI standard.......



    Greying X
    'Larger than the World's chaos, is it's miracles...' - Katherine Rundell, Author.

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 6th May 19, 7:16 PM
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    Greying Pilgrim
    Good evening


    Gosh, hope you've all had a good B/H. Ours was quiet in that we didn't 'go' anywhere, but it was full-on in terms of tatting around and getting bits and pieces done. DH has worked like a trooper today - supervised and unsupervised #noworkersandtoomanybosses!


    Lunch was cheese sangers, lentil crisps (mrL) and fruit for those that wanted it. I've been buying 'Red Prince' apples from HB - in their value bag range. Really yummy apples, so floral and fruity - they are great on their own, but my they would be so darn good in a fruit salad


    Tea this evening was heavily influenced by THIS salad on the bbc g00df00d site. I used what I had, so I used feta, not halloumi, and I ran the feta through my lentil/chickpea salad. I did have some capers (go me!) and I used 1 lemon - very juicy - and i had a red onion, so 'pickled' that in the way described. My lentils were brown lentils, rather than puy style - as I have a load of brown lentils in the store cupboard - they tasted perfectly fine. I added red pepper and garlic into my version. I left the beetroot out, and instead made the 'Happy Pear' beetroot and apple salad (grate the beets and apple, mix with oil, balsamic and season - I always leave out the agave syrup and spinach of their recipe and add in caraway seeds - then top with toasted sunflower and pumpkin seeds.). I also steamed some green beans and served those topped with LSA (linseed, sunflower, almond ground together in a 3:2:1 ratio) and a drizzle of olive oil. Very filling and very nommy! It was all from stores (with the exception of the Greek feta which was purchased from mrL yesterday as it was 'on sale' - 4p less than usual, woohoo!)


    Today I am grateful for these 3 things;


    a hard-working hubby


    family fun


    a full stomach




    Ta for popping in. Appreciated.


    Greying X
    'Larger than the World's chaos, is it's miracles...' - Katherine Rundell, Author.

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • mary hinge
    • By mary hinge 6th May 19, 8:22 PM
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    I would love your recipe for lentil dhal if you don't mind sharing please GP? Hitch hiker is of an age for baby lead weaning and already loves a basic veggie curry with flat bread...… totally snubbed my Bombay spuds though
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    • MatyMoo
    • By MatyMoo 7th May 19, 6:46 AM
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    I batch cook things like stew, curry, ragu type meals & soups when I am making them anyway and portion for the freezer. Through the week it can be easy suppers with my own ready meals as I just need to cook rice/pasta/potatoes/bread.

    I find it is much easier to cook enough for 6 or 8 as it is 1
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 7th May 19, 6:56 AM
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    Greying Pilgrim
    Good Morning



    I would love your recipe for lentil dhal if you don't mind sharing please GP? Hitch hiker is of an age for baby lead weaning and already loves a basic veggie curry with flat bread...… totally snubbed my Bombay spuds though
    Originally posted by mary hinge

    Bravo Hitch-Hiker! you've much more sophistcated tastes than BG!



    The lentil dhal recipe is from Linda Cockburn's book (she did the original buy-nowt for a year) and lives sustainably. I think she was in Australia (mainland) at the time of the book, but has subsequently moved to...... Tasmania? Anyway, the book is called 'Living the simple life'.


    Dhal


    200g red lentils
    1/4 tsp turmeric
    1 tsp ground cumin
    2 potatoes peeled and chopped
    4 tomatoes skinned and chopped
    900 ml water
    1 tsp ground coriander
    1 onion, chopped
    4 cloves of garlic, crushed (or to taste)
    25 grams butter (optional)
    1 tsp garam masala


    Method; Simmer lentils, turneric, cumin, potatoes and tomatoes in the water for 10 mins or until the potatoes are cooked. Add coriander. Saute the chopped onion and garlic in the butter until golden, Add garam masala and cook for a further 2 mins. Add mixture to the lentils and stir through. Serve.




    Now, I've copied the recipe as per the book. But that is not how I make it. I rarely bother with the potatoes anymore, and if I use tomatoes (not often), chopped tinned tomatoes do the job, just as well. But I never add the tomatoes until the lentils are soft and nearly cooked, as tomatoes can impede the cooking of lentils (as can salt). I also add in some chopped fresh ginger.



    I tend to make it; sauted the onions and garlic and after 2 mins, add in the ginger. Add in all the spices and stir. Cook for 2 minutes on a gentle heat. Add in the lentils (rinsed) and stir to coat in the spices and onion. Add in the water, bring to the boil and then simmer until the lentils are soft. If using, put the tomatoes in at this point. cook for a further 10 -15 minutes to allow the dhal to thicken (watch it doesn't stick on the bottom of your pan!). I don't do the 'tardka' but do very often sprinkle in some garam masala and stir in at the end. If I'm making it for adults, I season with salt and pepper as necessary - also a splodge of lemon juice lifts it nicely if you have some.



    Hope that helps.


    Greying X
    'Larger than the World's chaos, is it's miracles...' - Katherine Rundell, Author.

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • mary hinge
    • By mary hinge 7th May 19, 9:25 AM
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    Good Morning






    Bravo Hitch-Hiker! you've much more sophistcated tastes than BG!



    The lentil dhal recipe is from Linda Cockburn's book (she did the original buy-nowt for a year) and lives sustainably. I think she was in Australia (mainland) at the time of the book, but has subsequently moved to...... Tasmania? Anyway, the book is called 'Living the simple life'.


    Dhal


    200g red lentils
    1/4 tsp turmeric
    1 tsp ground cumin
    2 potatoes peeled and chopped
    4 tomatoes skinned and chopped
    900 ml water
    1 tsp ground coriander
    1 onion, chopped
    4 cloves of garlic, crushed (or to taste)
    25 grams butter (optional)
    1 tsp garam masala


    Method; Simmer lentils, turneric, cumin, potatoes and tomatoes in the water for 10 mins or until the potatoes are cooked. Add coriander. Saute the chopped onion and garlic in the butter until golden, Add garam masala and cook for a further 2 mins. Add mixture to the lentils and stir through. Serve.




    Now, I've copied the recipe as per the book. But that is not how I make it. I rarely bother with the potatoes anymore, and if I use tomatoes (not often), chopped tinned tomatoes do the job, just as well. But I never add the tomatoes until the lentils are soft and nearly cooked, as tomatoes can impede the cooking of lentils (as can salt). I also add in some chopped fresh ginger.



    I tend to make it; sauted the onions and garlic and after 2 mins, add in the ginger. Add in all the spices and stir. Cook for 2 minutes on a gentle heat. Add in the lentils (rinsed) and stir to coat in the spices and onion. Add in the water, bring to the boil and then simmer until the lentils are soft. If using, put the tomatoes in at this point. cook for a further 10 -15 minutes to allow the dhal to thicken (watch it doesn't stick on the bottom of your pan!). I don't do the 'tardka' but do very often sprinkle in some garam masala and stir in at the end. If I'm making it for adults, I season with salt and pepper as necessary - also a splodge of lemon juice lifts it nicely if you have some.



    Hope that helps.


    Greying X
    Originally posted by Greying Pilgrim
    fantastic Thankyou! Hitch hiker much prefers sausages and pinwheel pizzas but will give in eventually unless it's anything green..... that goes straight to the cat
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 7th May 19, 6:40 PM
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    Good Evening


    LOL - mary hinge. BG def. has an aversion to any 'green' food. Not even worth putting on the plate *rollseyessmiley*


    BG played up a bit again today. And thinking about it, they didn't get a 'proper' nap yesterday again. There does seem to be a link - although it was their choice to not nap - they were too busy making sure they didn't miss out on nowt! And too busy supervising poor papa! It wasn't as bad as last week, but gee I could have done without it.......



    For tea, I practised wot I (don't try to) preach, and we had lentil dhal (see ^ for t'recipe), channa masala and rice. BG point blank refused to eat any of the dhal Still, our tea was relatively inexpensive and filled a gap, so........


    Lunch was the leftover lentil/chickpea salad from yesterday, with the last betroot cut up and a lovely ripe avocado. I felt like a punter at an expensive restaurant, having such a convoluted lunch! Needless to say, BG was having none of it and stuck with their usual sangers and fruit *rollseyessmiley* [again....]


    Today I am grateful for;



    Sunshine (when I was expecting rain)

    'wot the eye don't see, the heart don't grieve over'.... and your stress levels appreciate it


    a cheap tea - lor' knows we need to bag 'em this month - BIG style


    Ta for popping in. Appreciated.


    Greying X
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    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 8th May 19, 7:52 AM
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    Greying Pilgrim
    Good Morning


    Well, this morning we have the forecasted rain. Loads of it. So definitely 'sank Evans' for the sunshine yesterday!


    Can I ask some random questions? It may be that someone knows/has experience.


    1) Do 'hard' (as in rigid plastic) coolboxes actually keep things cooler for longer than the material foil/insulation lined cool 'bags'? As in half as much longer, or twice as much longer? (using ice packs in both)



    When I was young, all there was was the rigid plastic cool boxes - far too heavy to lug, hence you ended up eating in the car-park of a stately home or - more often than not, by the side of a busy road, where passing traffic was so fast the car swayed.......



    2) Has anyone ever had any experience/knows a hack for making 'pouch' foods safe to eat if you've not got a microwave? I'm wondering if a FB has had a go at it - or a explorer (think the kind of living that Dame Ellen McArthur is researching; minimamilist/small space/travelling light)


    I spotted some pouches of mixed grains (think quinoa or bulghar - that sort of thing) in MrAl the other day (all supermercados have ranges of these things) and I was thinking how it would add a bit of variety if you were travelling on a tight budget and didn't have access to a kitchen. In a microwave, they cook in 1 minute (which is nowt!) but if you've got no microwave, could it be safely heated in another method? I'm thinking if you are staying in budget hotels - not camping with a gas stove.......


    If anyone would know, it would be someone on MSE I'm not willing to compromise food safety, but just wondered if there was a hack - or if, in actuality, they are packaged in such a way that they ARE in fact OK to be eaten cold - although anything with rice would be a no-no I would have thought? (and interestingly, rice packets seemed to need longer microwave cooking times - which I assume is about getting the product past 70 degrees for 2 mins).



    Tea is currently a mystery, but I want to try to keep up the cheap 'n cheerful stock cupboard vibe, so I'll have a rootle and a think. I must also note down the lentil/chickpea salad recipe, as that is definitely a keeper - particularly as it works well with brown (and presumably green) lentils over the pricier puy-style lentils. Fits the brief!


    Right, best vamoose. Ta for popping by. Appreciated.


    Greying X
    'Larger than the World's chaos, is it's miracles...' - Katherine Rundell, Author.

    'I am not in the pursuit of happiness, only in the discovery of joy' - Joyce Grenfell
    • UncannyScot
    • By UncannyScot 8th May 19, 8:15 AM
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    Hi Greying,

    Plastic cool boxes keep things cool with the ice packs for up to 12 hours in my experience it's mostly beer...

    The microwaveable pouches of rice n grains n stuff can be cooked via conventional means, I use em all the time when hiking and camping. I do however use a wee compact gas stove with a wee pan set and just add a wee dash of water to the food to cook in the pot... cooks in a couple of minutes and it tastes grand. However, it may be possible to boil water in kettle and add a dash of the boiling / just boiled water food to warm and soften it up IYKWIM
    Sorry, as a tight-fisted scottish wild camper I don't have much experience of cooking in hotels n that but I can cook up a feast at camp nae bother
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    • Greying Pilgrim
    • By Greying Pilgrim 8th May 19, 8:43 AM
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    Greying Pilgrim
    Hi Greying,

    Plastic cool boxes keep things cool with the ice packs for up to 12 hours in my experience it's mostly beer...

    The microwaveable pouches of rice n grains n stuff can be cooked via conventional means, I use em all the time when hiking and camping. I do however use a wee compact gas stove with a wee pan set and just add a wee dash of water to the food to cook in the pot... cooks in a couple of minutes and it tastes grand. However, it may be possible to boil water in kettle and add a dash of the boiling / just boiled water food to warm and soften it up IYKWIM
    Sorry, as a tight-fisted scottish wild camper I don't have much experience of cooking in hotels n that but I can cook up a feast at camp nae bother
    Originally posted by UncannyScot



    to UCS


    Ha ha Sweetie! If it keeps the beer cold, that MAY well be good enough I'm thinking about getting one to transport frozen food that will defrost gradually, but at least be OK for the next day - say like bread rolls, so that you could make your pack up for day 1 (fresh) and then at least have something to eat for the second day of your stay, without having to resort to cafes or supermercado lack-lustre sanger ranges. I think for that, it would be a good investment - but I prefer the cool bags for transporting a picnic to the beach, or into a garden or whatever.



    Camping - ay, apart from the midgies, I would be with you with the camping - wild or tamed, but definitely NOT glamping! Unfortunately, DH shed no tears when we donated our tent to the chazzer, and is not keen to purchase another Although I would love to introduce BG to the joys of outdoor living. For the trip I've in mind, budget hotels (not as grand as they sound......) have actually worked out cheaper than S/C accommodation...... So I've got to get creative with food options. We won't starve, but it can't break the bank neither


    Well, according to a review site, the JaymeeO pouch meals can be eaten cold........... And according to another site (and the actual ingredients listing) rice is cooked in the packets to the point of sterilisation by industrial steam oven things. So, technically, you should not get ill by eating it straight from the packet - although it won't give you the best 'taste experience' that heating would........



    I wonder if I could do some experimenting whilst I'm at home and within an ambulance ride of a local hospital?



    Greying X
    'Larger than the World's chaos, is it's miracles...' - Katherine Rundell, Author.

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