I’m quite confident on the food front that we’ll be fine for the whole month – we will be getting a mystery seasonal veg box each week from our usual supplier and that should contain enough goodies to make some hearty autumnal bakes, stews, soups and casseroles. Whether anyone will want to eat them or not is another matter. I’ve just discovered the wonder Barbara Cousin’s books Cooking Without and Veggie Cooking Without so my family get to be guinea pigs while I trial curries and bakes that are free from gluten, sugar and other allergens but that taste pretty fantastic. My favourite is a really simple, long cooking dahl, the recipe for which is in both books. I could eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which is a good thing really as it’s cheap and a pot lasts a few days. Shame that the kids will only eat it under duress!
Some of the potential challenges are some friends and family birthdays coming up – handmade cards and pressies all around, and also a big celebration in our village every year for Bonfire Night. I’ve invited lots of families over to our house first for something to eat. Wondering whether they’d like some dahl?
I’m doing a course at the moment and have pre-ordered a stash of bus tickets to get me there each week, which I do anyway, as it’s much cheaper. Some of the other classes and events we are going to this month are easily bikeable. For essential journeys outside the village we have just as much petrol that is in the car – after that we’re housebound! Should be interesting – watch this space.
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