A Vegetarian Journey – The First Week

Day Five – Friday, 5th October 2018

For the first time this week I did something different. I actually changed my breakfast plans! Being back at home gave me the chance to take things steady and not being in a rush helped no end. I still didn’t want anything heavy to start the day, but I was happy to take over the toaster!

Lunch was something of an experiment. I had a lot of work to do on the PC so I needed something quick. The day before as well as the noodles I decided to buy a pack of cous cous with garlic and mushrooms. Now, I’ve never tried cous cous before and frankly it’s never appealed to me. As fussy as I am when it comes to food, I’m going to have to take a few more chances though and this was one of them! Just on its own the pack was quite filling (in the same way rice and noodles can be), and with such a strong flavour from the mushrooms and garlic coming through, I think it’s something I could have again.

When it came to the evening, time was sadly pressing. I had some writing commissions in that put me up against some tight deadlines. As much as I would have loved to spend some time cooking, I had little choice but to opt for the nearest ready meal I could find. Fortunately I had a few options in the freezer so one of those would have to do. A few minutes in the microwave and I tucked in to macaroni cheese. Well, I like it anyway!

Day Six – Saturday, 6th October 2018

I knew Saturday was going to be another tough one. The day was another one away from home making things extremely hard. We had a 320 mile round trip scheduled taking our daughter back to our old home town for a few weeks away. I knew I had to be cautious and creative all day so it was going to be a challenge. Fortunately we didn’t have to leave too early but rather than grabbing food before setting off I prepared plenty to take with me instead.

I’ll be honest, I had planned ahead for the trip. A couple of days earlier I picked up a few snacks and drinks to make sure I could cope with the 4 hour journey each way. Leaving the house just after 10:00 am meant that preparations were my priority so a combined breakfast/lunch was the best option. I had time first thing so I made plenty of peanut butter sandwiches.

That essentially covered both trips so all I needed beyond that were drinks and snacks and the day was done. Not ideal but I needed something I could carry with me as I had less than an hour stop off before having to return home. Without time to find anywhere to get a meal I had to keep everything with me.


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