I'm really quite enjoying the process of using up what we have in store and being inventive about meals, we're having some meals we haven't had before (or not in a long time) and husband is enjoying the variety. The risotto was lovely, there's enough left in the fridge for another meal. Yesterday we had sausages fried up with leeks from the garden (we have lots of home grown leeks and onions still), mushrooms and tinned new potatoes thickly sliced, with some tenderstem broccoli and asparagus tips we got reduced to 30p, it was yummy. Husband particularly liked the fried tinned potatoes. I saved 3 of the sausages. Today I've taken the last remaining 3 bags of home grown whole cherry toms out of the freezer, when they're defrosted and the oven's on for dinner later, I'll roast them. The majority will be for soup for lunches for the next few days, a few will be saved to go with the sliced leftover sausages mixed into the leftover risotto, that'll be tomorrow's dinner.
We've had so much rain and strong winds, it seems to have been going on forever - we absolutely love living down here in Somerset but, although it's milder and warmer than the Midlands, it's certainly wetter and windier! We're both feeling a bit stir crazy, there's not much we can do outside when it's so wet and muddy and the sunshine is so brief (at least we do get quite a bit of sunshine, however brief it is at the mo). So we've decided to go out for lunch to a local pretty beach, we'll take a flask of soup and some of the savoury scones I made and froze last week, if it's raining we can at least eat it sitting in a nice warm car facing the sea - I love watching the waves when they're crashing onto the beach. We'll take Betty of course, she can have a run on the beach if there's a break in the weather. She never goes in the sea, she runs away from it if the waves come up near her! Probably just as well as, being the type of breed(s) she is (half bulldog, half sharpei), she has a bit of a flattened nose (brachycephalic I think it's called) and could have problems breathing in water...the vet told us to take care with her near water, but she seems to have worked that out all by herself!
Tonight for dinner we're having burgers topped with halloumi cheese which is out of date but seems fine, with homemade potato wedges and homemade coleslaw. The tomatoes will be roasted at the same time, then I can make the soup tomorrow morning.