Thursday, October 6, 2022

Day Seven - Bread, Breadcrumbs and Using up the Leftovers

 


Day seven and I'm already at the end of the first week, wow in some ways that went quickly.  I am getting into the rhythm now of prepping ahead for some things to save myself time or washing up ... or both.

This morning for instance I knew there were the four slices of Quorn Ham Style Slices left so they were to be my breakfast 'bacon butty'.  These slices are really tasty fried quickly in oil and eaten straight away, but I knew the first loaf was far too stale to be able to use anymore of, so while the 'bacon' cooked I whizzed up the stale bread in my Nutribullet and once it had cooked I tipped the crumbs into the oil left in the pan, added a shake of dried herbs and some onion powder and a dash more oil and warmed the crumbs through.


I turned the heat off while I went and enjoyed my breakfast, and then went back to give the crumbs another round of drying out thoroughly in the hot pan later. 


 You do have to watch them and turn them frequently to make sure that you are driving off all the moisture.  Once they were dry to the touch, I turned off the heat, gave them a final stir around and left them in the pan until it was cold.


Then I spread them out on the tray, checked that they were completely dry and cold and left them like this for a while before transferring them to a lidded pot and putting them in the fridge.


Lunch was more bread, but I really wanted to use up my cheese, and the thought of a lovely fresh cheesy salad sandwich was just too hard to resist.


Yes, this must have been about a third of this week's ration all on one sandwich ... gosh it was good!!


After buttering my bread for lunch, I decided to use the remainder of the fat ration to make a small batch of pastry reader for my evening meal.  Doing it this way meant that I could weigh the butter and add double the amount of flour and a pinch of salt to the bowl.

And it made just enough!!


My day seven dinner ... leftover Mixed Vegetable Curry hidden in a pasty and leftover rice with some celery, tomato and spring onion stirred through to make a rice salad.

What a delicious way to end week one.

Now it's time to weigh out my rations for Week Two and check through the menu plan to see if I have to buy anything from the shops.

Thank you to everyone who has followed along up to now and thank so much for all the comments.  I have tried to go back and answer them all as people have joined in over the course of the week.  


Sue xx



20 comments:

  1. I think you are very good at presenting colourful meals which always look so appetising. Well done on completing the first week of the challenge! Catriona

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    1. Hi Catriona, could you get in touch again. Nothing has come through via the email box and I do need you address to send you your little giveaway prize. Thank you, it's been a good week. xx

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    2. Thanks for getting in touch. :-)

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  2. You seem to be enjoying your meals, is there anything you are missing ?

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    1. I was fine until I watched someone doing a vegan sausage roll taste test on YouTube ... now I'm missing the Aldi vegan sausage rolls.

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  3. Yesterday's meals look so tasty and so very simple too - very clever. xx

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    1. It was a good day. I think knowing that I could use things up because it was time to weigh everything out again made for a very enjoyable day.

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  4. That pasty looks good, but all the bread - not sure I could hack that
    A very interesting first week
    Alison in Wales x

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    1. I've actually enjoyed all the bread, and I managed to eat all but two of the potatoes, and amazingly I have lost 2lbs in weight and not felt at all podged.

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  5. It's been a pretty good week. I am craving a 'modern' meal so I think I'll make a pasta dish soon.

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  6. Well done on your first week. You seem to have the right mind-set for this challenge. Good job on saving the stale bread to make seasoned breadcrumbs for a future topping.

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    1. Thank you. Now I just have to think of something to breadcrumb ... I'm sure there will be lots of things.

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  7. Amazing food yet again! And another great tip, this time for breadcrumbs. Well done for completing your first week so admirably, Sue, it has simply flown by. Really looking forward to another great week :)

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  8. Awesome meals this week. You are doing very well. I like your breadcrumb making, much better than just letting the bits and bobs air dry like I do.

    God bless.

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    1. Air drying is fine if you are going to use them quickly, I just like to do them this way for long term storage.

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  9. Definitely a day of good eating, well done you :-) Did you say - and I have forgotten - how long are you going to maintain this challenge for?

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    1. It's going to be at least this month, but I think I will be continuing with this style of rationed eating after that, just bringing some more modern things in at the end of the month and mentioning it every now and then over on the other blog, as it will then just fall into my smaller and simpler lifestyle.

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  10. Those sandwiches look really good. What do you think of making croutons with any further stale bread. They are great for snacking on.

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    1. Yes, I thought I would do that with the next end of loaf, then I will have lots of little additions ready for future meals. Croutons already for throwing into soup would be brilliant. Funnily enough I haven't felt the need for snacking at all, so they would just be additions to a meal.

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