I'm sorry to those of you who aren't that interested in the Ration Challenge but I just thought I would do another post today to let you into the secret of being able to eat relatively tasty food during a week when your entire food has cost less than £4.30.
The only way to survive this challenge with some of your energy intact is to plan.
Plan what you are going to make from your rations and your rewards, plan out the recipes and plan your menu for the full week. Because after doing this Challenge twice before I know that halfway through the week you develop 'Rice Brain'. A fogginess that descends due to the sheer amount of white carbs that you are consuming, mostly in the form of rice. I only have to do this for one week, imagine what it is like to live on this kind of diet week in week out for up to 18 years. Yes there are babies that were born in some of the refugee camps that have now reached adulthood and are still there along with their families!!
This year just like 2020 I will be making up my raw ingredients into as many 'ready meals' as I possibly can right at the very start, because I know further into the week I will not have the patience or energy to follow even my own recipes ... no matter how simple they seem, and I will share my recipes with you as I make them.
I soaked 85g of dried chickpeas last night to see what the soaked and cooked weight would be for Challenge week and as you can see from my plan I got 200g in total. So todays lunch will be some hummus, and I might even have a practice make of some basic falafels, luckily last night I watched a 'fast food' programme that I had recorded a while ago that showed falafels being made so I have a few tips in my head.
Thank you to all those of you who have donated and for the support shown to me already by so many, everything really helps, be it sponsorship or simply pom-pom waving and cheering from the side-lines.
The link to my Fundraising Page will remain on the top of the right-hand sidebar until after the Ration Challenge is over. Clicking on the picture takes you straight there and you can keep up to date with the current total raised, the rewards I have earned and the messages from all my lovely sponsors long with my 'thank yous'.
A massive thank you to everyone.