Store Cupboard Veggie Cottage Pie

I batch cooked a load of cottage pie for tea and lunches this week. I used up A LOT of ingredients from the stores.

Things banished from the cupboards include:

100g dried soya mince (a bit of a faff to prepare but so cheap)

1 x 400g tin Haricot Beans

1 x 400g tin cut green beans

1 x 400g tin green lentils

1 x 400g carton of pasatta

Frozen peppers, onion and sweetcorn

2 ginormous sweet potatoes

2 tiny jacket potatoes


Last of the BBQ sauce (adds a kick)

all but 2 of my carrots


Tomato Puree


You see the picture? That is the overflow cottage pie, I have another dish twice the size of that cooling down in the kitchen.

What’s the difference between a cottage pie and a shepherd’s pie? Apparently Cottage Pie traditionally uses Beef mince, and Shepherd’s Pie traditionally uses Lamb.

I used neither, but soya mince more resembles beef mince than it does lamb, that is why this is a veggie cottage pie.



The ‘I’ve had a good day’ Korma

Although I have gotten a little but more laissez faire with expiration dates on food stuffs, I’ll admit I still err on the side of caution. So when the Korma paste pot I bought for Monday’s ‘Sweet Potato and Pineapple’ Korma (also known as the ‘I’ve had a bad day’ korma) said it needed to be used up in 7 days I realised I would be eating a ton of korma over the next few days.

Not that that is a particular hardship for me.

Today’s was once again from the BBC Good Food website, and was a Prawn and Pea one which used up the long-a-lurking half eaten bag of frozen cooked prawns in the freezer.

I also made a batch of the ‘Throw anything at me’ soup to use up some questionable veg in the fridge drawer.

I have had a good day as people at my work are falling over themselves to tell me about vacancies that are going to come up soon in the department in the hope that I will apply for them and they get to keep me as a worker.

After so many bad experiences in previous jobs I am finding it hard to believe that people actually like me and think well of me.

To be honest that applies to EVERY area of my life.

And it brings me to the Twat woman on Monday.

On Monday I was at a morning training course about how to be successful at interviews. All the people on the course were from all over my employer and we sat randomly at tables. We then had to talk to the person next to us and later introduce them to the room.

The woman I was with I had taken an instant dislike to due to her use of certain derogatory terms used to describe sub cultures of people, and she did little to change that opinion.

I introduced her, mentioning her many years of service to the institution, where she had lived across the world, her family etc.

Hers went like this:

‘This is Flo, she has never had a proper contract here and is desperately looking for something. She has a boyfriend.’

The last bit was in a tone that said ‘I guess Flo isn’t a total f*** up’

The room laughed.

Someone who had only just met me felt that that was the most appropriate way to describe me to a room full of strangers.

I was pretty upset and naturally did nothing other than avoid this woman for the rest of the course.

The irony is I was made to look like a failure when actually I feel I am the most successful I have ever been.

So here is my personal statement:

‘I’m Flo, I am loved and adored by every department I have worked with here and I have enjoyed finding out more about my employer through these roles. I am making moves to change direction into Finance as that is a huge passion of mine and I will be studying a second degree in Economics once I have saved up enough money. I have a blog I contribute to every day with loyal and lovely readers. I have an amazing partner who I am deeply and passionately in love with.’

So here’s the lesson people, never let anyone else describe you. Tell your own story and don’t forget to tell the truth about how great you are!