So, day one of my $2 a day challenge started well. I had my menu plan, I had started cooking. Just one problem: I was hungry.
I thought I had it all figured. I was pretty smug, actually. Baked a loaf of oat and carrot sourdough bread the night before. It wasn’t my best bread making effort – a bit hard and sour – but it was dense and nutritious. I had a small slice for breakfast, and cut three thick slices for lunch (which I had toasted with butter and tomato).
The ingredients for my sourdough bread were simple:
1/2 cups sourdough starter (had been fermenting in expectation for a week)
3/4 cup water
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon French Onion Soup powder
2 1/2 cups flour
1 grated carrot
I combined in the breadmaker and cooked on basic. I think it would have worked better with a longer rise time, i.e. on the French setting.
Breakfast was porridge with sugar (no milk) made from 1/2 cup of rolled oats. It was a larger serve than I would normally have. Afternoon tea was one small apple.
On paper this looked fine, but in reality I was starving. Ravenous. Hard to concentrate at work by mid-afternoon. It didn’t help that I had a formal lunch to go to. I didn’t eat, but sat next to people as they ate a huge plate of roast pork with crackling, gravy and apple sauce. I am not usually a roast pork fan, but it smelled soooooo good.
I had grand plans for dinner, but by the time I got the kids fed (no, I am not putting my young children on the challenge) there was little time for an elaborate dinner. So I made myself a simple Spanish-style omelette with potato and tomato. Tasted quite good, actually. I estimate that the omelette cost around $0.79 to make, mainly because it used two eggs. So happy to finally eat it.
After dinner I made a batch of soup and a caramalised onion tart for lunch.
I am finding that I am getting quite possessive of my supplies. I almost hate to use them. But so far I have used up:
- One apple
- Two tomatoes
- Eight eggs
- Flour (1/4)
- Oats (1/4)
- Sugar (a little)
- Two carrots
- Butter (2/3rds)
- French Onion Soup mix (3/4)
Today I will be better prepared at work. And I guess my stomach will get used to eating less food, too.