I didn’t intend to have a super busy weekend, but I ended up being out for most of it. I spent all day Saturday out in beautiful Kent with my family. Breakfast before I left at 9:30am was porridge made with the coconut water left over from the Thai Kinda-Curry. My aunt made a fantastic shepherd’s pie which made for an awesome lunch. I dashed back into London to get the cat fed before going straight out to again to the cinema to Fisherman’s Friends with my friend and neighbour. It’s the sort of film that you’d watch on a Sunday afternoon on the sofa with a hangover. Its British, sweet and gentle on the senses, but the soundtrack is fabulous. I’m glad I saw it just for the music. Did you know that people don’t go to the cinema on Saturday nights anymore? At least I don’t think they do, there were only about 12 people in our screen, it was like having the place to ourselves. We had a cheeky glass of red at last orders at our local and I headed home, I hadn’t had time for dinner…good job the last piece of that Lasagne was left!
I slept in on Sunday for the first time all week, I didn’t plan to, but I realised I needed it! So, it was brunch and not breakfast for me. Remember that tin of Foul beans that I found in the cupboard last Sunday? Yep, they happened, along with some quick flat breads made from a packet of gluten free dough mix that I found in the cupboard. It was epic. I can’t believe I don’t have it more often.
In the afternoon I headed over to Olympia to have drinks at Pergola on The Roof with some fellow caterers whom I’d worked with last year at The Eat and Drink Festival at Olympia. For two and half weeks last March we had an absolute blast feeding the hungry masses. Pam and John with their amazing Welsh beef burgers from Bryn’s Farm in Carmarthen and Will and Steph with their excellent hot dogs from The Kerbside Kitchen. They’re back working there this year but I’m not. I don’t miss the long days but I do miss the wonderful people and laughs. I’m pleased to day that being together again was like we’d only been apart for a day, not a year. It was short, but wonderful.
Seeing beautiful Cornwall in the film the night before had left me longing for a pasty. As I was passing through Clapham junction on the way home, I gave into my craving at The West Cornwall Pasty Company (this counts as eating out because I in my head that was the plan), they’re not as good as the real thing but they’re close enough. I was home by 8pm to catch up on some TV and reflect on my week. I feel different. I’ve enjoyed being free of chain stores. I’ve enjoyed the conversations I’ve had. I’ve missed broccoli, but not as much as I thought. I like that there is space in my cupboards again. I do need to buy some more food now, the fridge is bare, but I don’t need much. There is still A LOT to cook, and so many new dishes to create. I received a reminder that I needed to update my Tesco delivery saver payment details. I haven’t bothered. I’ll be getting deliveries again at some point, for self-catering holidays, for large group orders, but not for my week to week shopping. Everything I need is right here on my doorstep in fabulous Tooting, its time I got to know my butcher and fishmonger a whole lot better.
And the budget? Well there is still £3.54 left from my budget of £25, which is I’m not so surprised at now, but I would have been a week ago. I won’t be leaving the house on Monday as I’m having another intensive work day, and I won’t be getting a take away either, because…there is still so much food!