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14 March 2020 – Scambling

14 March 2020 – Scambling

Today I’ve been scambling. To scamble, or skamble, means to eat in a makeshift manner, and is done on scambling days, aka Mondays and Saturdays throughout Lent. And as I needed to do some batch cooking today, I thought I could also do a bit of topical creative reinterpretation and combine the two. 

In the spirit of the scamble, I relied solely on fridge and cupboard supplies, no sneaking off to the shop for extras. The first batch made was a chilli in which I managed to use up two slightly shrivelled celeriacs, the next was a soup made from a cauliflower fast approaching withering, then a moong dal with a cumin and garlic tarka (so.much.garlic.), then a curry which sorted out my carrot and kale glut. So now I have a freezer packed to the gills, space to move in the fridge, and lunches and dinners sorted for a wee while. I know that smugness is very unbecoming, but I hope you’ll forgive me just this once….


Roud, S. (2006) The English Year: A Month-By-Month Guide To The Nation’s Customs and Festivals, From May Day to Mischief Night, London, Penguin Books

Published by Liza Frank

Author of My Celebrity Boyfriend. Obsessed with hula hooping, sons of preachermen and fresh dates, sometimes all at the same time. Curator of Folklore Agony and The Everyday Lore Project.

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