So, yet another few hectic weeks at school. Fingers crossed the worst is over now (benchmark assessments, termly plans and Meet the Teacher meetings) and some sort of normality will return. Healthy eating and exercise seem to have gone walkabout!! That will be remedied this coming week!
Thanks to my allotment being unusable this season (combination of late tenancy, mix up with sending emails to my work address during the school holidays and not getting a key for the gate) I'm only using what my 2 wee raised beds have produced. These are my onions raised from sets that cost just 99p in Lidl. And very nice they are too!
Today I had a big batch cooking session that resulted in a big pot of veg soup (bendy carrots, a sad pepper, lentils and tomatoes), chilli mince with some of the above onions and free kidney beans, chicken pieces marinated in tamari, lemon juice and honey (2 x 1kg for £6 frozen British chicken breasts from Sainburys), some roast veggies in balsamic vinegar (also a frozen bag deal) and a gluten free loaf.
Not the best photo but it's really yummy!
Normally I wouldn't use a mix but this one has no additives as well as being gluten and dairy free. It's lovely the day it's made but doesn't last. So I tried freezing it in chunky slices with success! So for a few hours effort I've got soup and crusty bread for my lunches at work, chicken for several nights meals (probably stir fries) and chilli for another 2 nights. I like feeling this organised and it didn't cost much.
This is not a political blog and under normal circumstances I wouldn't comment (and feel free to skip the next bit) but this is a very big week here in Scotland. I have friends on both sides of the independence referendum and have seen some nasty squabbles from both sides. I'm not in the business of trying to convert people to my viewpoint and respect those who will be voting No on Thursday.
Yes, it will be scary. I know I'll probably have to pay more tax, food prices may go up and we may lose the right to use the pound. But 1 in 5 people in Scotland are living in poverty. I have children in my class who come to school hungry. I had a brief brush with money worries but I always knew they were temporary. For many that is their permanent future with no way out and that is just wrong. At our heart we are a socialist nation and don't just vote for what puts more money in our own pockets.
So, on Thursday I'm voting Yes. Such a small word that could change history :-)