Day one begins at 0430 when I sit blot upright then can’t fall back asleep. Not sure if I am worried about the challenge or work. I am betting on both as I am nervous I will tell someone to go bounce because I will be potentially going through caffeine withdrawals. So the challenge beings with me over cooking cooking my chickpea and pea mix and then onto making a delicious breakfast of oats, porridge, sludge whatever you wish to call it…
Don’t get me wrong I normally love porridge but it tastes somewhat vile without milk and honey. The bland taste of porridge is enough to make me already I am grateful that normally this breakfast for me would be covered in milk and honey and a nice cup of tea to go along with it. Oats on their own are well just horrible. I’m struggling to get even 1/2 a cup down but a few gulping moments breakfast is down.
Oh no cup of tea… after arriving at work normally I would have a cup of tea. A glass of hot water just doesn’t have that same effect and I pray that I don’t get caffeine withdrawals too quickly.
By midmorning I am starving but as I am in a meeting my stomach just has to wait. After a large cook up yesterday and cooking the chickpeas and green peas this morning I know I have enough food to feed easily two or three people albeit it will be a rather boring week of food.
Everyone kindly has been saying; can I donate food too you, how about a donut or some chocolate? Mmmm that got me thinking about Cinnabon rolls! I had the pleasure of having my first Cinnabon roll on Friday – then another on Saturday as they are addictive. For those that have not had the sinful pleasure, a cinnabon roll is a warm dough filled with tempting Makara® Cinnamon, topped with rich cream cheese frosting (insert Homer Simpson noises here!). It’s sinfully sexy and I am looking forward to Friday as I am getting another one.
After this craving for a cinnabon attempting to chew on my bean mix and rice for lunch was unappealing. Now don’t get me wrong I normally love lentils and chickpeas but somehow knowing I can only eat this for the tiny fraction of five days is almost heartbreaking. Then the reality of what I am doing hits home.
1.4 billion people eat meals of porridge, lentils and rice EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Tonight after getting through my French lessons caffeine free (I’ve got a bad habit of getting an energy drink just before class) and purchasing my eggs (looking forward to breakfast tomorrow!) I desperately needed to get out of the mall. All the smells are so tempting but I finally I make it home and make a brilliant soup. Must blend the lentil mix into a nice dal or add more water to make soup again as that works much better than the current mix.
So here is what I ate today and my expenditure:
Breakfast – Porridge 1/2 cup – 1.60
Lunch – Beans and Rice – 2.15
Dinner – Soup – 1.50
Total Spend: AED 5.25
So I am AED 2.35 below my budget. Feeling very happy about that and a MASSIVE thank you to all my sponsors so far! One thing for sure at the end of the first day I am so surprised just how little it does cost to feed oneself.
Lets see what tomorrow brings but for now I am tired and my bed is calling!