One of the things I've been writing this week
is a review of afternoon tea at the Royal
Crescent. It's torture.
Yesterday was day two, which means I’m writing this on
day three – halfway, woohoo! I’m still pretty darn hungry, and I have to tell
you that working in the food business whilst eating hardly anything is a bit of
a challenge. Obviously I’ve had to put the restaurant reviews on hold for the
week, but the food writing goes on, and it’s making my stomach feel seriously
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One thing my husband and I have both noticed is that we’re
lacking in energy, and not feeling so good, with headaches and tiredness our
constant companions. Of course, this is only the tiniest taste of what it would
be like to live like this every day, but it’s made me realise properly how such
a poor diet can affect your whole life. It would definitely make it much harder
to do well at work, and if you were unemployed, I can imagine how hard it would
be to summon the energy to keep looking & trying for work – a process that’s
soul-sapping at the best of times.
Yesterday I joined in with a Twitter chat about food, one
of two that I usually participate in weekly, and we were talking pantry
essentials – quite appropriate really. I realised that my view on what was essential
had already changed, which was a bit of an eye-opener. To be clear, we weren’t
talking about what you’d need purely to survive, but the little extra things
that you’d find it very hard to cook without. So far this week, curry powder
has been my ingredient hero – we’re eating a lot of tomato-based dishes, as it’s
cheap, and curry powder adds a beautiful depth of flavour to tomatoes. You can
also use it (of course) to make a curry paste with beans or pulses, to rub into meat in order to improve the quality of
the taste, and add it to soup as a catch-all seasoning. If I had to pick just one ingredient from my
(admittedly enormous) range of herbs & spices, it would be curry powder.
Another thing I’ve really been loving is garlic, which adds a huge flavour
punch for very little money.
Finally, we are of course looking forward greatly to the
end of the challenge on Friday, but that makes me feel like a bit of a failure.
After all, for most people who live like this, things to look forward to and
get you through the week are pretty rare.
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