Thursday, 14 September 2017

The freezer challenge: day 35

Three days in a row - that's a record at the moment!

B:  poached egg on toast, apple
L:  bit of pork pie, tomatoes, lettuce, whatever else I can use from the fridge.
D:  the other half of yesterday's pork curry with rice, natural yogurt

From the freezer:
bread for toast
pork pie
pork for curry

And no need to buy any food!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

The freezer challenge: day 34

Just a few things from the freezer today

B:  toast and marmite, apple
L:  carrot and lentil soup
D:  curry made with unlabelled cooked meat (ooops - I think it is pork) and bits and bobs of veg, runner beans, natural yogurt

From the freezer
bread for toast
meat for curry

The rest is from cupboard and fridge.  So need to buy anything else.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

The freezer challenge: day 33

It's been a while since I last posted in here because there's been quite a huge upheaval in my life but I think I have three days when I can get back to it, albeit temporarily.

Of course, with the garden produce, my freezers are more full than they were before I started, but it's all new and fresh stuff, not scrappy little bags of old stuff.  One of the reasons (one of many) was so that there would be room for the garden stuff so in that respect the challenge has been a big success.

Today's plans:
B:  toast and marmalade, fruit
L:  home made carrot and lentil soup, bread and butter
D:  chicken curry, naan bread, yogurt

From the freezer: bread, chicken curry

And I will do my best to make a small portion of soup so there's none left over 'for the freezer'!

Thursday, 24 August 2017

The freezer challenge: day 32

Good morning.  While rootling in the freezer, I found a bag of lamb chops right down at the bottom so must start using them up.  It might change if I find something else, you never know.

So today's plans are:
B:  toast, fruit
L:  kidney bean and veg curry (no rice) fruit
D:  lamb chop, new potatoes, beans, baby corn, yogurt and rhubarb

From the freezer:
lamb chop
a bag of granary flour

Into the freezer:
four portions runner beans
two small loaves (made yesterday because I was right out)

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

The freezer challenge: day 33

Back on the challenge for a few days.

B:  toast, fruit
L:  toast and peanut butter (I know, not great but time . . .)
D:  Singapore rice noodles, sweet and sour chicken, yogurt

Out of the freezer
Singapore rice noodles (saved from a takeaway ages ago)

Into the freezer
four portions of runner beans.

Friday, 18 August 2017

The freezer challenge: day 32 and a ramble

I've now got to the point where I can start shifting things around a little bit to get a little more organised.  At some point next week I shall start a mini-audit, just of stuff at the top that I can incorporate into meals rather than play freezer-lucky-dip each morning.

There's still an awful long way to go but that's OK because it means continues frugal days without needing to spend on expensive protein or using precious time shopping.

Today I am only organising breakfast but I have been out to the freezer and found a mini fougasse that I made too long ago to say (oops) and some home made smoked salmon pate so today's breakfast is going to be pretty luxurious.  I might add some tomatoes on the side too.

Thinking out loud (so please feel free not to read any further), I'm wondering where to go with this blog.  I've done the 30-30 (a pound a day) which was fun but no room for the occasional extra.  Great for losing weight and made the bank manager very happy, mind you.

I then changed it to the 5-2 budget which was five days at £1 and two days at £1.50.  That was also fun but my days at home are somewhat erratic and it became tricky to 'manage'.

The biggest problem with both of those was that pre-frozen stuff just wasn't getting used, either because I didn't know the cost or because it was too expensive to fit into the budget.  So it just sat there, shivering and unused!  :-)
Hence this one, the freezer challenge.  It needs to continue for at least another couple of months as, while I'm making inroads, there's still a long way to go.  I'm delighting in the harvest produce that's going in but still sighing over the bags of this, that and the other scattered around.

Then, after that, once reason has returned to the freezers, what next.  I don't know if you're aware of The Breadline Challenge (Google it for info) a UK based anti-food waste initiative by FoodCycle.  On their site it says:

"Join FoodCycle in the fight against food poverty.
An estimated 8 million people in the UK today are affected by food poverty and in FoodCycle projects up and down the country, people are struggling to make ends meet.
The Breadline Challenge is our flagship campaign to raise awareness of rising UK food poverty and of our work across the country.
Over the past three years, supporters have lived on a food and drink budget of £2.50 a day for one week and have raised over £20,000 to support FoodCycle’s work.
We’ll be back in November to take the fight against food poverty again!"

The main issue I have with all of that is that for £2.50 I can eat (and drink) like a king.  Way too much!  However, just £1 a day, while still doable (and many HAVE to be that frugal in the UK today) is very restrictive, especially for someone who likes to cook!  I am umming and ahing about £1.50 a day or maybe £2, but am undecided.  Fortunately, I have time to think about this one and I know that I am very lucky to have choices.  Many don't.

In the meanwhile, the freezer challenge continues and I'll try to get the recipe entries back on track - the recipe side of things has been sadly neglected recently.

If you've made it to here, well done and apologies for the ramble.  I'd appreciate any words of advice that you may have.  Thanks for reading

The freezer challenge: harvesting

Into the freezer yesterday went:
five packs of green beans
a bag of sliced courgette
five pots of sungold tomato passata

. . . but that's OK because one reason for this challenge was to clear space for the garden and allotment harvest and it will help my meals to be good and frugal later on in the year.
That feels good!