Monday, 19 March 2018

Monday, 19-03=18

Good morning, fellow frugallers - or do I mean frugalistas?  Whatever!

Today's plans:
B:  porridge with fruit yogurt
L:  lunches on Monday are tricky.  I shall do what works and have one apple before I go to school and one when I get home and miss 'proper' lunch.  At least it is less rather than more and I'm so busy I don't feel hungry.
D:  Diane's bean and pasta soup; fruit yogurt
No snacks because they are lunch today

From the freezer.
One portion of mirepoix and some chicken stock for the soup.  I think that's it really.
I will use some tinned mixed beans that have been in the cupboard for ages.  That sort of counts too.

The frugal factor
It's all pretty frugal really being a Meatless Monday (except for the stock for the soup which will be chicken stock).  It makes up for yesterday which was rather un-frugal.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Sunday, 18-03-18

Good morning!

Yesterday was a hungry day for some reason.  Maybe it was the cold and the snow.  Anyway, it was all a bit of a struggle but I managed it, just.

Today's food
B:  muesli with natural yogurt
L:  steak and salad (splashing out a bit in the cold, snowy weather)
D:  beef casserole, mash and broccoli; fruit yogurt
Ss:  apples

From the freezer
The steak (which has been in there for a long time so really needs to be used - my excuse!) and the beef casserole which is another portion from that batch I made with the skirt that was reduced in Tesco, again, ages ago.

The frugal factor
Let's face it, apart from breakfast, it isn't really.  I can't even claim that the steak was YS or reduced because it wasn't.  Let's call it a splash out day!

I posted this (more or less) next in my other blog but I think it ought to go here too because of all the encouragement I have received.  No comments about it, please.  Thanks.

It's funny, this blogging things, isn't it?  The chances of ever meeting those whose blogs you read and follow are minimal but, over the days, weeks, comments and replies, you feel a liking, you engage with them, in a way you empathise.  There's definitely a friendly relationship going on there.  I'm sure some of you will know exactly what I mean.

And then it stops. 

Now someone else has stopped blogging.  I don't know why and I'm certainly not nosey enough to ask around; that's her business and I am sure there are clear and important reason, but there's a great sense of loss in me at the moment.  S, whatever the reason, thanks for your generosity in sharing your home and life, for all the advice, info, accounts, recipes, photos and everything else that made your blog such a delight to read each day. 

Be happy.  Have a good life.

Saturday, 17-03-18

Good morning!

I have discovered that the Jack-burgers are very tasty with a dollop of cottage cheese added to the mix!

Today's plans:
B:  porridge, natural yogurt and a bit of stevia
L:  the last two chicken thighs from yesterday with either a salad or some cooked veg (runner beans or green beans), seeing as it is bleak and snowy outside.
D:  baked salmon, small salad or cooked veg, SW chips or maybe I will cut the potato into circles rather than chip shapes today; fruit yogurt
Ss:  apples, if I can get to the shops,  as I am right out.

From the freezer:
The runners and/or green beans
The salmon - and if I decide to have hot veg in the evening too, it will be the other from runners or green beans.

The frugal factor:
Porridge.  It's a muesli day really but it is bleak and snowy out there and I decided on comfort over style!
Chicken thighs may be delicious but they are also very reasonably priced, especially if you buy then with skin and bone still on.
If I go for the cooked veg (and I am pretty sure I will) they are both last year's garden/allotment produce.

Where I found the chicken thigh recipe, there's also quite a lot of other tasty looking thigh recipes so I'll trawl through and see what else I can add to my repertoire, I think.  I'm a bit pushed for lunch ideas so it might be a very useful thing to do.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Recipe: Chinese style orange marmalade chicken

I made this for lunch today as I had a dear friend over.

I used orange marmalade instead of lemon (because I had no lemon marmalade), I used garlic puree and just lemon juice, not zest, I had six chicken thighs and  garlic puree and I didn't use spring onions or broccoli.  No oil as I reckoned enough fat would come out of the chicken.  Oh, and I didn't really measure anything.
Apart from that, I followed the recipe!

I didn't eat the skin (it's now chopped up for the birds) and had no sauce (it wasn't necessary).

It was absolutely deeee-licious.

J had two, I had two, we both had salad and I did a jacket potato for J.
I now have two left for tomorrow's lunch.  Hoorah!

I tipped the sauce into a jug, will skim off all the fat and there's a sauce for another time or maybe a dressing for a salad.  If we hadn't nibbled the meat off the bones, I would have boiled them up for a bit of stock, but we did, so I didn't!

Not quite according to the eating regime but not all that far off.  And that flavour . . .

Photo tomorrow after lunch (if I remember).

Five Frugal Fings

Here we go . . .

1.  Although I have added more to the freezer than I have taken away, I've been attacking the pantry cupboard and there are now several spaces in there.  They will be filled because I have overflow tins in the garage, but never mind, I'm getting there.  I have quite a few jars of sauces to use up and must make the effort!

2.  One of the tins is (was) some Savers kidney beans which I used because I had run out of frozen ones.  They are OK and only 24p (I wrote the price on the lid) which shows how old they are as they are now 30p.  (More shockingly, their Savers tinned pineapple was 25p and it's now 46p).
It's about time I reorganised that cupboard, in fact.  Things have got out of place and it's harder to see what's there.

3.  Given that I've finished off all my kidney beans, one of the weekend jobs is to soak and cook another pack.  They are such a useful thing to have in store and so very cheap done this way.  Once cooked and cooled, I open freeze them before pouring into a poly bag so I can take a handful when needed.

4.  I've been frugal with my clothes space too.  I've sorted out all my clothes now and there's a pile of them waiting to go to the charity shop while more has gone to the Salvation Army clothes recycling point.  To replace them, I have clothes that got too small for me but which I can wear again.  I face the fact that I will have to buy new clothes before the end of the summer anyway, assuming I get down to my correct weight, but not yet.  That's so good because I like to make my clothes last and any I buy now won't do me for very long.

5.  This week, a number of meals have been of the cheap, comfort-food type - things on toast.  Generally, there tend to be great value, especially as the lovely wholemeal bread I use is home made, sliced before freezing and used just a few slices at a time so the rest stays fresh.  I read that an awful lot of bread is just wasted as it stales before it can be used so this works really well. The last time I had to throw any bread away was the end of January because I forgot I'd put some in the bread bin over Christmas because of having guests.  It didn't get used and there it stayed.  No way could I use it by then, of course, but I felt so guilty as I dropped it gingerly in the bin.

So there we go - my frugal fings for this week.  None of them are huge money savers but every bit counts, doesn't it?
What have you done that's frugal this week?

Friday, 16-3-18

Good morning.

Another 3lbs off this week - three cheers.

Today's plans:
B:  porridge and natural yogurt
L:  chicken salad
D:  Jackburger, salad and SW chips; fruit yogurt
Ss:  apples

From the freezer
I have a few frozen (home made) chips so I will use them up this evening.  Apart from that, nothing else. 

The frugal factor
Porridge, of course, and I have started making my own yogurt again which makes it under 50p for half a litre: cheaper than Morrisons Savers and many times nicer!
I opened a Savers can of kidney beans yesterday evening, an old can that cost 24p, so they will make the beanburgers very frugal.  I usually make a sort of Jack Monroe type burger that  we call 'Jackburgers'.

Here's the original recipe:
I have neither fresh parsley nor coriander but I do have a bit of spinach so might use that instead and I might also add a bit of cottage cheese that needs using up too..

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Thursday, 15-03-18

Good morning!
The cheesy tuna was really tasty so I've posted about it separately.

At the start of this liver shrinking diet, you may remember, I popped lots of 30g portion of muesli or oats into little pots to store in the fridge.  Yesterday I finished the last one so I made up some more as it's been really convenient.  They should do me for a month or so, I should think.  It's amazing how long a bag of oats or a pack of muesli lasts for when you measure out your portions.

Today's food is:
B:  muesli, yogurt, bit of stevia
L:  2 boiled eggs, carrot batons
D:  savoury mince and rice, yogurt.  I might chilli up the mince and add some pulses - kidney beans if I can find any on the freezer and, if not, chickpeas because I'm low on protein for lunch.  I'm finding it quite hard to get through two portions of protein in the middle of the day.
Ss:  apples

From the freezer:
The mince (already made and frozen) and the rice - just a small portion.  Actually, yesterday I found a random pot of mash so I need to use that as well at some point soon.  Fish cakes, maybe?

The frugal factor:
Breakfast and lunch are both reasonably frugal, especially as the muesli was free (a gift and I've just started on the last bag)
 Rice rarely costs much unless you go for the very fancy stuff or the pre-cooked-in-a-sachet- to-microwave type.
The mince has been bulked out with all sorts of veg, lentils and oats which is why I haven't added any more veg to the meal.  I reckon there's enough in the frozen portion.

There's still so much in the freezer, I swear the food reproduces overnight!  It's a long, slow thing, using it all up, especially on a restrictive diet, but great for the not-spending now and in future months.