We have had a bit of a messy few days, firstly my Mother in law happily came home from hospital on Saturday, after having her usual procedure and staying in hospital for a week (not the messy part), then she was promptly re-admitted on Monday afternoon, quite unwell, so that meant us being at the hospital until quite late on Monday night (thats the messy part). Thank heavens we had some left over Congee and were able to heat it though and eat rather quickly when we got home. The hospital she goes to, is a 50 minute drive away, although, late at night, we were home in 40 minutes. As I type this she is stable, but still very unwell.
Our daughter and lovely hubby's Uncle are arriving today to visit my Mother in law in hospital, we haven't been told, in as many words, that her passing is imminent but the lovely Nurse who has know my Mother in law for a long time has seen a huge decline in her lung function and breathing, she felt it would be a good idea to round up the family. So we will all be seeing her today at some point.
When my Mother in law goes into hospital for the week, we are a bit more relaxed in what we eat. I use up any leftovers lurking in the freezer and I quite often have just an egg on toast, as I am not really very hungry for dinner most nights. Don't get me wrong, I do eat, but I find that I look for food mostly at morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, from then on I feel satiated, although as I mentioned I do still eat, just not a big portion.
I am very happy to report that this weeks grocery shopping came under budget and we have lots of food hanging around because of the above glitches in dinners. I bought a whole porterhouse steak cut 2 weeks ago from the meat truck at the markets, we were meant to have a BBQ on Monday night but a trip to the hospital happened instead so we will be having that BBQ tonight if nothing else goes wrong.
I have planned another two meat free meals this week to keep the costs down and loaded up with some great buys from the new to me Fruit Market on Saturday. This is what was on our family table this past week-
What we bought
Shopping from Rothwell Fruit Market
Shopping from the Sunday Morning Markets. The berries were 3 punnet for $15.00, the honey man happily refills the empty jar for $9.00 (1 kg) and the cheese man always sells his cheeses for, any four items, for $10. This week I got a vintage cheddar, a brie, a deluxe blue and a container of sun dried figs, all completely delicious.
What we spent
Nothlings Quality Meats-$17.72
Rothwell Fruit Market-$53.38
Sunday Morning Markets-$36.00
What we ate
Wednesday-I had a poached egg on toast and Hubby had a bowl of leftover Pulled Pork, rice and veggie
Thursday-Caesar Salad with a poached egg
Friday-Wraps made with leftover beef ragu (from the freezer), cheese, tomato, greek yoghurt and chilli sauce
Saturday, Monday and Tuesday-Chicken and Ginger Congee
Sunday-Chilli Con Carne with Guacamole, steamed rice and natural yoghurt
So that's been our messy week, thanks heavens for meals, like the chicken congee, that go a long way. What is your go to meal, for when life gets messy?