I seem to shop for food every day, with a big supermarket shop about every two weeks, yet my kitchen is already crammed with food.
Checking out my pantry, I think I have a slight tendency to food hoarding, not feeling comfortable unless I always have multiple tins of tomatoes, kidney beans, sweet corn, peaches and rice pudding, plus plentiful dried pulses, rice, pasta, polenta and other staples ready in stock.
Ready for what exactly? A siege?
I noticed this morning that I have no fewer than three tins of that (rather marvellous) Azera coffee in the cupboard, with another one on the go, because it was on a two for one offer at Sainsburys and I got sucked in twice. For someone who drinks one cup of coffee a day, that should keep me going a while…
My freezer is as crammed as my pantry, with the double quantities I always make of Bolognese sauce, stews, curries, stock etc. plus other things I’ve overbought and at least three bags of petit pois (and an essential bottle of Finlandia ha ha ha).
So for a week I’m going to buy only the absolutely essential fresh items: milk, yogurt, cheese and eggs, as I need them. And fresh fruit and vegetables only once I’ve finished all the tinned and frozen stuff. I’ve got a chicken in the fridge already, so no other meat, or fish.
It’s spring here, heralding the start of a new season of gorgeous food, so it seems the ideal time to clear the decks.
Here’s how it’s going so far.
Peggy and I both missed lunch, very stupidly, and extreme panicky hunger at 5pm made me give in at the corner shop, so dinner was… (the shame) a packet of biltong for her and a packet of pork scratchings for me.
So I failed on not buying food on day one (and I failed in making sure my daughter eats a balanced diet). I’m not proud, but I am honest.
We topped up our unpleasant impulse snacks when we got home with a few cherry tomatoes, an apple and other random grazings. Later on, we both had Greek yogurt (from Liedl, which is the best ever) with banana and tinned peaches.
Lunch: I brown bagged a tuna salad and an orange into my office. My halo is feeling quite tight.
Dinner: Carrot and Red Kidney Bean Burgers from a recipe by Jack Monroe. I only had to buy some fresh coriander. Served them in some pitas I already had in the fridge. They were pretty nice, but next time I’d put some chili in there too, or lime. OK it needed a bit more flavour, but my daughter ate it. And no wonder Ms Monroe is so slim. This felt like a starter to guzzle guts here.
Pudding was tinned peaches with some tinned rice pudding.
For Aussie readers – Jack Monroe is the hot food blogger turned Guardian columnist/guru in the UK right now. I love her.