Tiredness and ill-health is the main cause - when you walk past a couple of supermarkets daily, it's a lot easier to just grab a packet of cheese-topped baps (which I could eat myself in one sitting quite easily if I've not had the time or the energy to prepare myself something before going to work) and a multipack of chocolate bars for DD, as opposed to baking soft rolls and perhaps whipping up a batch of Florentines myself. The fact that DD has hit a bumpy spot with hers studies and is needing a lot more help than I can comfortably give (yet I still give it, discomfort aside), and that my hands are not up to kneading at the moment does not help, either. Even using the dough hooks on the mixer causes a bit too much vibration than I can contemplate right now.
But enough is enough and a bit of lateral thinking is needed to find a happy way out - so this week is a "Back to Frugal Basics Week". This means, if you crave carbs, have carbs, but don't forget that there are carbs other than bread. This means - use what you have in. This means - a simple meal with a couple of ingredients is absolutely fine a couple of times a week. This means - the freezer is your friend.
And there were soups - different flavours for different people, as they were all frozen in single portions. DD had leek and potato, OH had pumpkin, I had a country soup batch-cooked from an Approved Foods mix.
I had no bread left though, and barely an hour left till dinnertime. Irish Soda Bread was my most realistic option, but guess what ? No yogurt. Or buttermilk. In fact, the only kind of cultured dairy product in the fridge was a jar of HM kefir. Hmmmm..... Oh well. Who dares, wins, right ? Kefir went in instead. It was yummy :o)
Another meal was a favourite simple stodge concoction - crushed potatoes. Peel (even that is not compulsory if the hands are not up to it though) a couple of spuds, quarter them and boil for 15 minutes. Drain, pop the lid back on and bash them about a bit. Fry off a sliced onion and a bunch of sliced mushrooms. Mix. The herb scattered over the top should have been parsley, but parsley grows outside, and the heavenly buckets were pouring out their contents in force, and basil grows on the windowsill. No contest. Crushed mushroom potatoes with basil.
and a drizzle of home-made sweet chilli sauce for the adults.
In other news, I have just completed my squillionth re-read of the complete Terry Pratchett opus (it's traditional in times of stress and ill health), and have moved on to Stephen King. IT seemed as good a place to start as any.