Food success… Maybe.

Well, folks, last night I had a can of Crosse And Blackwell Hunger Breaks All Day Breakfast, (beans, sausages, salami, sort-of Scotch eggs, mushrooms), with extra beans and ketchup, and HP sauce (sophisticated, me!).

I slightly overdid the HP sauce, but it was very tasty, filled a big, hungry, hole, and more importantly, caused me no grief whatsoever. Hell, I damn near licked the bowl!

Thing is, I’ve been eating bland stuff on the basis that it won’t irritate my stomach, when I apparently didn’t need to, and whatever causes it to kick off is, as far as I can tell, unrelated to food.

So, to properly test the water, I’ve ordered a couple more cans (and just remembered I have a second can), to see if it was just a fluke and, if it wasn’t, I’ll make myself a big pot of the stuff, but rather better quality and with vegetables as well.

I’ve got loads of canned beans of various types, lots of veggies, plenty of passata for the sauce, sausages in the freezer, with bacon, and a jar of dried shiitake mushrooms, in the fridge (for flavour – way too leathery to eat, unless I blitz them in the blender). Sliced Spam, fried to firm it up, will pass for the salami. Taste better, too.

Hope it works out, as I’m tired of ready meals, especially now I can’t be sure what’s in them! Tired of starvation too – I’ve a load of ready meals that I’ll have to throw out as I’ve eaten so little they’re long past their use-by date. Plus the fact that I have no confidence in what sort of mystery meat might be in them.

OK, I wrote that at 01.30 this morning, and it’s now 10.20, after a totally trouble-free night – the first since this mess began. Not even violent colonic noise to disturb my rest.

Too soon to claim a success, but at least it’s a step in the right direction. Fingers crossed.

Mad or not, Howard Hughes had a point…

As regular readers might know, I’ve been plagued by stomach bugs the past few months. Initially, I suspected that my fridge-freezer was playing up, causing food to go off, but I’ve invested in a couple of catering-grade monitors for both (the sensor goes inside on the end of a fine wire that passes out through the door seal, the monitor itself attaches to the side by magnets).

The result confirms that the fridge is a minimum of Continue reading

A lifestyle change for the New Year…

I need to make some changes in my day to day life in order to maximise my dwindling physical resources. Cooking, for example, is becoming more of a challenge and, as I have very little appetite these days, barely worth the effort.

It will still happen from time to time – I can’t imagine a world in which I never cook – and I’ve still to make faggots in gravy, for example (the ingredients are in the freezer), but on a day to day basis, food is going to be, more likely than not, something I can shove in the microwave.

If I ate more I might well be Continue reading

Christmas is coming – and so are the Food Fascists…

“TV chefs’ recipes may be less healthy than ready meals, study finds” (Guardian). Among other utterly pointless news, the Pope really is a Catholic, and it’s not entirely unknown for bears to defecate in the woods.

Why is it, when those dread words “study finds” appear, you can absolutely guarantee it’s the result of some miserable pricks intent on stripping all the Continue reading