Friday 5 January 2024

About the Food ...


I've mostly written about books up to now and obviously the premise of this blog is good food and good books, so it's time to delve into food and this time I decided to show what I tend to eat in a day when I'm using things up, not following recipes and being a bit lazy.  After Christmas aren't we all?

No two days are the same in my home if I make an effort.  I have absolutely no problem in eating the same meal over and over again, and if I have a pack of one of my many favourite items in the fridge or freezer I will quite happily just chomp my way through them all.  Garlic Kyivs, fish fingers, a jar of delicious bought pesto are just some of the things that spring to mind that can lead me off my meal plan and be eaten meal after meal until they are all gone.

There's nothing wrong with that in my opinion, but a balanced diet is most definintely preferable for healthy eating sake.

Todays photos are just one days meals from last week.  

Unusually for me I fancied cereal for breakfast that day so I cracked open some almond milk and had some, then I had to make a real effort to use the rest of the milk up, so it was a couple more days of cereal and then I used what was left in sauces and cooking.  I tend to only use around one carton of milk in a month.  If I don't have any almond milk in I make up some oat milk for any recipe that calls for milk.

My lunch on this particular day was a 'use it up' sandwich, using the last of the Quorn 'chicken free' slices and the last of the Christmas stuffing, along with a tomato for freshness.  I added some hummus to the sandwich at the last minute and used less mayonnaise.

My evening meal was simple, just a bread-crumbed plaice fillet, boiled potatoes and some peas from the freezer with a drizzle of mayo, I LOVE mayonnaise!!

Now this post shows just a random days foods, one where I had my camera to hand and was eating through things in the fridge.  Some days I make much more of an effort and most days I try to tick through as many of the items on my Daily Dozen chart as I can.

This one actually pinged up again in my emails yesterday, so I can share the link with you if you would like to print it off for yourself.  I find it really handy to keep me on track,. particularly on the weeks where I don't eat any fish or eggs.

Perhaps for all my newer readers I should clarify what I eat.  

I don't actually label myself anymore but if I had to have a label at the moment I guess it would be 'dairy-free pescatarian'.  But I have weeks on end when I touch no fish and no eggs, so then that would make me fully, but temporarily plant based/vegan, and to be honest I feel healthier when I eat this way so I am finding myself swinging back to the 'green side'. 💚

  And with my two newest books both being vegan I see mostly vegan meals on my menu plan going forward.

Any questions just ask away in the comments, but remember your 'good food' may not be my 'good food' ... and if you don't tell me off I won't tell you off either.  😊  

Sue xx


  1. Morning Sue. That link didn't work for me - no matter, I googled it and got the planner, along with lots more info. It's a handy thing to have, thanks. I think of myself as being mostly pescatarian, but still eat the occasional bit of chicken, or a sausage, or even a bacon sarnie every few weeks. I have a friend who delights in pouncing on me and stating 'that's not vegetarian!' if he sees me eating a cocktail sausage!

    1. Sorry about the link, I've fixed it now. :-)

      You usually find it's the friends that like catching people out, or who have a guilty conscience about the sheer amount of meat they eat that pounce the first. If everyone started cutting back, especially on red meats, the world could gradually start to recover. I could never eat meat of any type after having animals and chickens and visiting slaughter houses. But I do realise the hypocrisy of eating fish and eggs which is why I keep moving away from them. It's a balancing act of health and conscience isn't it.

  2. Thanks for sharing the chart, Sue. Husband uses oat milk as it’s better for his diabetes and I eat some chicken but mainly a veggie based diet. Husband likes some meat/ fish/ bacon but only a fraction of what he used to eat. We’re currently on fridge clearance so our meals have been eclectic this past week. Home assembled pizza tonight with tomatoes, peppers, garlic and mixed cheeses on a premade flatbread with some salad. Catriona

    1. It's a good chart to refer to each day isn't it, I have it stuck on the side of the fridge each week ... the front isn't magnetic!!

      Yes, as you can see from this post my meals are a bit eclectic at the moment too. I have to make space in the freezer as a lot of the recipes I want to try from my new books make at least two portions (if I can halve the ingredients) so I will be wanting to freeze things for 'home made ready meals' and therefore need some space. This means that I have to eat all the things that have lived in there for far too long. There's a nut roast bought for Christmas 2022 for instance!! The pizza sounds good, I have all the makings for something very similar. :-)

  3. We do eat meat of all kinds at the moment but the times when we have ' gone veggie ' we've both lost weight and felt better......... just interested Sue........ do you eat honey? It's the one thing I struggle with a bit about veganism........OH tried to explain it to me the other day but perhaps I should google the rationale.
    PS I love honey!
    Alison in Wales x

    1. I don't eat honey, I have never liked it so I just don't. I do have a jar of 'vegan honey' that someone bought me, it just tastes like golden syrup, and it's that or maple syrup that I usually use when a recipe calls for honey.

      Basically bees make honey as food for themselves and especially to see them through the winter. When beekeepers take too much (and in the big commercial production ... all) of the honey and replace it with a sugar solution, the bees do not get the nutrients that they need. Every single hive makes the sort of honey that those particular bees need, which is why you never feed honey to an exhausted bee. The over commercialisation of honey production is what has lead to the loss of many bees as they became susceptible to diseases like the Varroa virus. It takes one bee it's entire life time to produce just over a teaspoon of honey. Yes, Alan did a beekeeping course when he was going to get some hives in Wales, so I learnt a lot. :-)

    2. 😍 X
      Alison x

  4. We are actually trying to eat more plant based meals. I doubt very much if Harvey would go fully vegan, but once or twice a week doesn't bother him that much.

    God bless.

    1. It can also help keep costs down as well can't it. Something I think we are all trying to do at the moment. 🙂

  5. Many thanks for the link to the Chart Sue. I will have to stop reading your blog before I've eaten my breakfast, especially when it contains food photos♥


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