Dinner experiment

Having discovered to my shock that the cornish pasties I’ve taken a shine to have a whopping 28 syns, even if I had one on my double syn day, they are still too high and therefore off the menu. Bummer. Never mind. Hubby had ‘mine’ today and I experimented with sausages.
The sausages I buy from the butcher in town are low in fat and extremely tasty. Looking them up and erring on the side of caution going by size and fat content, I’ve allowed 4 syns each, so today’s starter for ten was, well, a main course for eight.
I cut them up and cooked them in a frying pan. As expected, very little fat came out of them and they browned nicely. I put some tri colour pasta in boiling water to soak, and diced an onion, chopped some mushrooms and a handful of frozen peppers, then threw them into a saucepan with a little water and a stock cube and cooked until soft. I  drained the pasta and added that too. It was still a little chewy so I cooked it for another five minutes or so in the mix before adding the sausage pieces.

Meanwhile in another pan, the wondrous tatty cake with all those lovely left over veggies from yesterday’s cottage pie was bubbling away and smelling rather divine.
You may remember this photo from Boxing Day (Dec 26th)

Hubby’s pasty took about 25 minutes to warm through in the oven, so everything as ready at the same time.
I have to admit for a chuck it together dinner, this was OK and I’ll do it again, especially as apart from the sausages, this was a ‘free’ meal because everything else is allowed.
The other day I had a bacon and mushroom jacket potato with a mass of veg which was also a ‘free’ meal and that came out OK too.
I confess to exceeding my syn allowance today though, but only by half a syn. It’s the first time I’ve gone over my limit other than my once a week ‘double up syns’ day, as most days I’ve been a couple under.
Sadly syns are not allowed to accumulate, so if I don’t use ’em, I lose ’em!!


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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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20 Responses to Dinner experiment

  1. I read that the food syn allowance is used in the Slimming World diet plan.

    • It is, and I’m allowed 15 a day. It sounds quite generous until you start counting :f or example, a chocolate bar is 9 or 10, shortbread fingers 4 and a half each, digestive biscuits 3 and a half, (a chocolate one is only 4!) blueberry muffins 14 and a half, McDs big mac 25 and a half, chicken McSandwich 19 and a half. Still, SW is working for me so I’m sticking with it as there is so much ‘free’ stuff I like and I’m good at juggling!!

  2. fransiweinstein says:

    It all looks delicious!

  3. 28 sins. Omg…. that’s bad, I like them a lot.

  4. willowdot21 says:

    Oh! That makes me feel so hungry 😂

  5. murisopsis says:

    Looks like your alternative meals are tasty and healthier too! I’m always glad when I remember the frozen onion!

  6. Sadje says:

    You’re motivating me too.

  7. Carol anne says:

    that does sound like a lovely meal! I like experimenting with foods! I hope you enjoyed it!

  8. It all looks like far too much food! What if you made the pasties with vegetarian mince?

  9. paulsprepping says:


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