Today was my first lunch away from a kitchen. Normally, not a problem, but on a tight budget, where every penny counts, would this be the day that derailed the plan?
The surreal part of my mind imagines a crowded train, most passangers standing, departing for london, with one reserved empty seat, frustrating nearby commuters, insensed with whoever had the crass insensitivity to reserve a seat and fail to use it or ring ahead to cancel.
I transfer my goods from lidl bag to briefcase, pausing to contemplate the merits of placing my lunch in an unfamiliar, well made lockable case.
I await the arrival of my train.
Arriving at the presentation, there is free tea and biscuits. It feels a little odd to be not consuming beverages and snacks that cost nothing to me. Fortunately, they have bottled water. Following the presentation, a quick review in Costa. Chat's over drinks are an essential part of business nowadays, so I opt for a bottle of water - ignoring the cost as, for the purposes of my diet "Water Is Free", and unfortunately purchasing a beverage in a cafe is kind of mandatory in order to utilise the space.
The thought about not consuming "Free" food and drink resurfaces as I walk to my train, as, were it not for my sandwiches, I could probably be justified in purchasing lunch on expences. In this instance, taking lunch has cost me money...
Convenientely, the train is waiting for me at the station. I find a seat and tuck into the lunch I prepared yesterday evening.
|1/2 Portion Butter||5p|
|Celery left overs||n/a Left over from soups|
|1 Portion Cheese||19p|
|2 Slices bread||16p|
I prepared lunch yesterday evening., which is delightful. I feel satisfied, in parr due to having chosen the largest of the eleven wedges I had previously carved from the cheese.
The portion of soup is small, but it seems to do the job. It doesn't taste as bad as I had feared, but I'm not sure if that is due to the flavour, my appetite, or the feeling that comes from not wasting 95p of ingredients.
I've managed to cope with my first day away from a kitchen. It's not going to be the only one.
Having had a lot of my degree course to catch up on has limited the amount of time I can spend blogging today. I think I can do better organising my time - at least, I hope so, because I need to.
|Value of Food Consumed:||£6.57|
|Cash to spend:||£8.90|