Frugal Pantry Challenge Jan 2018. Jan 3rd Storm Eleanor and Lentil soup

Frugal Pantry Challenge Jan 2018. Jan 3rd Storm Eleanor and Lentil soup

All our beetroot is in now from the allotment, I have made it into soup and into ice cream, drunk it in juices, I have pickled, spiced, baked, boiled and roasted it, eaten it raw in salads, given it to neighbours, to friends, to relatives and friends of relatives and yet I am still looking at a large carrier bag full of beetroot. I still  haven’t managed to create much room in the freezer but am going for it today and having a go at open freezing at least some of it.P1080339.JPG

Breakfast for me will most likely remain porridge with cranberries or a variation of that for most of the month, i.e. added cinnamon or pumpkin seeds. P1080315I have 5 cartons of long life almond milk to use up, plenty of porridge oats and a huge amount of cranberries and seeds. For everyone else not on porridge there are two last packets of chocolate brioche or sweet waffles to munch through or there are plenty of rice krispies to have with the last 2 litres of the milk we got from the farm. We will have to purchase milk soon though, the milk we buy is from a local farm called Trink’s, they have grass fed cows and the milk is pasteurized only and not homogenised. Pasteurization does not kill all microorganisms in milk and does not reduce milk’s nutritional value.Image may contain: grass, sky, tree, mountain, outdoor and nature

Most of the £25 allowance for this week I am trying to save in order to buy a ham for a family dinner on Sunday, the last before my student son leaves for uni again, so I want to make it special. (Fortunately I have a seed loaf for veggie alternative already made in the freezer). GD will be doing the cooking for the honey glazed ham recipe, and I will be in for treat as I have a special yoga workshop for a few hours Sunday morning and am leaving the preparation for the dinner in GD’s hands!.

For lunch today I am making chicken noodles with sweet and sour sauce, using the last of the chicken left from Sunday. Noodles and sauce from the cupboard.

Update from the storm here, it was a pretty loud night and GD and I didn’t get much sleep for the noise of the wind, we haven’t had any damage to our property except to a bit of shed roofing, but 30 feet of harbour wall has collapsed and the storm is meant to get worse today with waves upto 26 feet.

Am making a slow pot lentil soup for later which once done will be a good meal to be able reheat on a camping gas burner if necessary, (I always like to be prepared), as we have experienced our fair share of power cuts recently.

Instructions for the lentil Soup are below which I found on ‘Vegan in the Freezer ‘ by Ginny McMeans

(oo-oooo!, it is half way through cooking at the moment and smells amazing!)P1080332


  • 2 cups dried red lentils
  • 6 cups Vegetable Broth
  • 3 carrots cut into chunks
  • 14 ounces tomatoes canned, another ounce more is good too, depends on your can size
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil (I didn’t have this)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. You don’t have to pre-soak lentils. That makes this an even easier soup.
  2. Put everything in the slow cooker and cook on low 8 hours or on high 4 hours.
  3. Add salt to taste, if needed.

Recipe Notes

IF FREEZING: Let cool to room temperature. Package in rigid sided containers.

TO PREPARE AFTER FREEZING: Remove from the freezer and put in the refrigerator overnight because it is a pretty solid mass and will take longer to defrost. The night of serving – Put all in a large saucepan and heat through. You can add more broth if you think it is too thick. Ready to serve.

Other things I found today was:  We ran out of tissues a few days back but I found a box I deemed ugly and had thrown in the back of the bathroom cabinet this morning while looking for ‘ladies item’ and I was so pleased to be able to wipe my nose (have a sniffly cold) as I had given my cotton hankies to GD, they were large and tarten, when his got tatty and never replaced them for myself. Also found my washable ‘ladies items’ I had also stuffed in a bag and gone back to the dark side of buying disposable ones, so as I am on a budget and my eyes are opening now to how environmentally unfriendly I have slipped in the busyness of last year, I am sure glad I am doing this challenge.


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