A brand-new topic for this blog and for which, I think I’m going to add an additional category to the already-long list of titles that attempt to define my sporadic range of content.
Inspired by a recent book purchase and with the intention of basically learning to cook (at least a bit), I thought it might be good to start by taking a long old look at what I currently eat. Beginning with a review of the contents from last week’s grocery shop.
As I mentioned over the weekend; I spend on average somewhere between £20-25 a week on food and household cleaning essentials. This is already down a few pounds from what I used to spend previously (feeding a dog and buying treats for the family… Wait, shouldn’t that be the other way around?!) but if I can save more buying preparing my own meals and create a reasonable diet at the same time then I’m willing to give this a go.
First of all, you should know that I like bread and, being a walker (at least, that’s my excuse), I have a strong preference for eating sandwiches. I make them every single day, regardless of what I have planned. I honestly couldn’t imagine a day without them, let alone survive.
These are my other ‘sandwich-making essentials’ and companions, although I only eat crisps on a weekend. But if this seems strange to you, please take a look at where I store it:
You’re probably aware of the usual supermarket situation down the bread aisle… You check the ‘best before’ date and it’s only 3 days away. You can spend time sifting through to the back of the shelf but the chances are that someone else has already been there (probably that same woman who picks individual from complete hands, leaving the smaller fruits for the rest of us!). If you’re feeding a family with a yearning for yeast then that’s probably okay, as a loaf could well be consumed within that time. But as a single person, I find my loafs will last an entire week. Along with enough rolls too cover me for the next seven-days, I like to help prolong their life by keeping them cool.
But if I’m to start buying and eating more vegetables then, I’ll need to reclaim that space beneath the bottom shelf. I don’t really have the worktop space for a dedicated bread bin so, would my lunch survive a stint in a sagging wall cupboard?
That’s enough talk about bread. But I also like to keep my chocolate bars cool and refreshed. I don’t often eat eggs and I’m not sure what else would be stored in that top compartment anyway.
It’s only a small fridge and with that, I have a compact freezer compartment. I can promise you it never gets filled with ready-meals but as there’s rarely one item in there at any given time, there’s storage potential for other frozen things. I try not to buy any frozen meals. I often find myself a bit ‘desperate’ for food on at least one day so there’s a chance that I’ll pick something up if it’s on sale cheaply.
My meals have become rather monotonous, as most weeks end up being very similar. Pasta, noodles and soup… They’re all quick and easy but I’m still a couple of days short.
If we were to take this week’s menu as a typical example, it would appear like this:
Monday – Pasta with a sauce
Tuesday – Soup
Wednesday – Noodles
Thursday – Pizza
Friday – Meat and potato pie – probably with baked beans.
Saturday – take-away (or sometimes, an evening out)
Sunday – …I tend to skip Sundays as I tend to go out walking and make my sandwiches last the day.
When I first lived alone, I used to ear microwaved burgers and all sorts but I’m fully aware of all the sugar and fat risks with those meals that might at least look good.
Within the next couple of weeks, I intend to buy a halogen oven, after recommendation from someone who commented on a recent YouTube video of mine. If I can let go of my microwave at the same time then it also reduces that temptation for ‘cheap and easy’ eating.
I guess my diet looks quite unhealthy, or at least high in carbohydrates, as someone once told me. My lunches include two portions of fruit, every single day, in addition to the lettuce between my bread. So, there’s room for two more, if I’m to follow generally recommended advice.
I’m used to eating desert maybe twice a week. Over the last few years, it has been known for me to dine on pudding alone in a single evening, which I know is far from ideal and certainly doesn’t fill me up. But equally, I’ve skipped meals on many nights, simply because I’ve felt as though I don’t ‘need’ to eat and that’s something that’s always interested me… How many meals do we consume simply because we’re being told to eat and when that voice doesn’t come from inside of us?
Every evening, after work or a walk, I like more than a couple of biscuits with my cup of tea! This is the first time I’ve bought muffins since I’ve been on my own… They were reduced in price and, well, I was feeling very peckish!
Last week, in the supermarket, I contemplated adding some ‘new’ vegetables to my trolley during my second visit up that aisle (I hate standing in a busy queue, waiting for people to hurry up and scan their goods). But it hit me that I didn’t know exactly what to get, or how much. I’m aware from past experience that jacket potatoes don’t last very long and I wasn’t sure about carrots, mushrooms, onions or anything else! I think I need to select one meal from my new book and aim for that first. One meal a week should be enough to get me going. Anything more than that and I’ll probably feel pressured and overwhelmed in to a state of procrastination and avoidance… Plus, I’ll start swearing like Gordon Ramsey!!
So, that was my most satisfying meal from last week; two meat and potato pieces with a tin of baked beans! Honestly, the pies were very good and I have two more to tide me over later this week.
My aim from here is that, about two weeks from now, I’ll be able to report back having consumed a different delicious dish… With the main difference being, it is something I have prepared myself! 😉
Thanks for reading and… Happy eating!!