So the moment I rolled over this morning I realised what has been ailing me all week …. I have been EXHAUSTED!! I mean “too tired to tie my own shoelaces”. I came to a slamming halt with migraine headaches. shivers, fevers, sweating fits and that “first day of the flu” feeling when even you hair aches.
This morning I felt like I had been kicked in the kidneys …… Yup!! seems like I have been brewing a full on UTI. Thankfully I have some friends in low places (a lovely District Nurse who lives over the wall) and one even lower (Drug dealer in local village … actually I think he calls himself a Pharmacist ….. but you know
However – one dippy stick and one box of pills later …. and come teatime I am actually beginning to feel relatively normal. Scary how fast a UTI can slam you .. its one of the things I always keep an eye open for in my Silver Saltires – funny how I missed it in myself isn’t it?
Note to self – feeling crappy for four days is NOT NORMAL!!!
So this afternoon was a quiet affair … where I shuffled through my filing and pulled out all my pension papers. I now have an active pension so its time to transfer my underperforming orphan pension into the same pot and bump up my contributions. I am now on target with 15% of my income heading towards retirement.
In other financial news .. I’ve been keeping an eye on what’s happening Worldwide in the markets and have cashed in my Stocks and Shares ISA and paid all the money into my mortgage account.
I’m not saying another Financial Crash is on the way .. but I have a bad feeling that I just can’t shake so I have locked in my profits by selling and using the money to pay down even more debt. Bear in mind that I have a Current Account Mortgage so I still have access to all the money in cash should I need to.
I am still contributing to my ISA … but now I am less exposed should there be a “major correction” – now I am speaking about a hundred pounds or so … not thousands that can potentially tumble.
So – feeling pessimistic (probably the UTI talking) I am making the most of the scraps that are in the fridge to cook up some lunches for me through the week. Every meal that I can conjur out of “leftovers” is one meal closer to me paying off the mortgage after all.
So today I had a third of cauliflower that had gone kind of rubbery and the very end of a red onion that wouldn’t see another sunrise. With some of my storecupboard bits I decided a fragrant but not too hot curry would be an ideal addition to my lunchtime repertoire.
Cauliflower and Lentil Curry
- Third of a head of cauliflower
- Quarter of an onion
- 65g yellow lentils (mung dal)
- 2 teaspoons curry paste (I used thai red curry paste)
- Slice of ginger
- 2 garlic cloves
- 400ml boiling water
So the cauliflower needs to be in tiny little florets. Chop the rest of the stem along with the onion, garlic and ginger and pop into a pan with a few tablespoons of water.
Cook out the aromatics till the onion is soft but not coloured at all.
Lid on and simmer briskly for ten minutes.
Throw in the cauliflower and bring back to the boil. Now either continue cooking for another ten minutes until the lentils and the cauliflower are soft … or ….. cos I needed to head out and pick up my tablets. I tucked mine inside the thermal cooking bag for a good hour. My favourite way of cooking lentils BTW – NO chance of them catching on the bottom of the pan when you are cooking in indirect heat.
Which is what I had at dinnertime – soft and soothing and just the ticket when you are still feeling a little ropey.
But I do love tucking a little something away for later – my little boxes in the freezer are like money in the bank. Little bonus bricks of food already paid for that I don’t need to allocate for in future weekly budgets.
Now I have a big pan of ratatouille on .. full of all the veggies I didn’t really feel like eating this week. With some passata and some herbs I envisage half a dozen boxes that can be poured over pasta, served alongside a piece of chicken or watered down with some beans to make a pot of soup.
I may not have an appetite at the moment …. but I have darn well paid for those veggies and they are NOT going to waste
So what is your “use up what is in the bottom of the fridge” favourite? I seem to bounce between curry and soup – anything more to inspire me and tempt a jaded appetite?
Let me know!