My only shopping for this week, and possibly the emptiest trolley that I have ever pushed around Aldi.
When I got home I weighed out my allowed 170g vegetable of choice, that this year as you can see is Spring Onions ... and gave Alan the rest. This is the way that I usually store my Spring Onions in the fridge. I knew a pint pot would come in handy for something ... even though I don't drink pints. 😃
Then I opened up all the bulbs of garlic and looked for a clove that weighed as close to the 6g weight that I am allowed for the Challenge as possible. I was lucky that this one and two others weighed in at exactly the magic figure so I had a choice. The rest of the cloves are now in a zip-lock bag in the freezer, as this is the way that I always store my garlic and I had only run out last week ... perfect timing.
Next it was time to ready my kitchen worktop for the Ration Challenge.
I pulled out of the drawer the spices that I and my team-mates had chosen to use for the week, minus the cinnamon that someone chose, as the only thing I have cinnamon with is apples ... and I definintely do not have any apples this week.
These are now out and ready for action along with my unlimited salt.
The cat is also a salt cellar ... it's a long story that one!!
Possibly two of the most boring photos that I will ever share with you!!
My fridge is virtually empty, the odds and sods that are left are relegated to the salad drawers and the top shelf ... I manfully (womanfully) drank the wine that was left in the door so there would be no temptation during Challenge week. I might have also eaten more chocolate than usual this week in an effort to clear the decks.
The easiest 'Spot the Difference' game ever!!
The final thing for me to do was to clear the worktop of all but the most essential items ready for the Challenge. I wont be using the toaster or the food processor during the coming week and I will be rolling lots of flatbreads etc out on the worktop, which means that flour gets everywhere, so it made sense to clear everything away.
I have to admit to loving the clear streamlined look of my one and only kitchen worktop.
And THIS is it.
My entire weeks food, along with flavourings etc for Ration Challenge 2022.
Thank you to everyone who has already donated to this worthwhile cause. As you can see if you follow the link below, or use the one on the top of my righthand sidebar, we have now just passed the final total that I set myself (and beating the total amount we raised in 2020) and this means that we have raised enough money to be able to feed TEN refugees for a whole year.
Ten people eating for a whole year just because I eat this way for one week, and you and I open our hearts, purses and wallets and donate our hard earned cash, it is remarkable and saying thank you just does not seem enough but ...
THANK YOU 💝
I'll be back tomorrow morning with the first days meals, recipes and thoughts.
But let's leave the final words of today to Fatima. This lovely message was sent to be shared to all the Ration Challengers the day before the Challenge kicks off ... and I thought it only fair to share it with you. Fatima has been in one of the camps in Jordan since before I had ever even heard of Concern Worldwide and the Ration Challenge, she's a remarkable lady.