Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Time Out

I'm taking these last three days of June off challenge.  The reason is that I am getting so frustrated with the bits and bobs in the freezer that I can't use because I have no idea of their cost.  In fact, it is driving me bonkers.
So, till the end of the week, I will be rootling in the depths of the chilly space, pulling up unpriced stuff and using it!
I might even carry on a bit longer, depending on how I feel.
I've paid for it so it won't be free or frugal, in fact, it might be rather naughty, but I won't need to do all that much shopping and it will be clearing much needed freezer space for the summer harvest.

I bought it once upon a time - I've got to use it up!  Got to!

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Day 19

B:  2 slices toast (apf) with home made jam (5p)
L:  beans (8p) on toast (apf)
D:  sausage roll (24p), salad (apf), coleslaw (6p)
S/S:  fruit - peach and apple

(apf means 'already paid for' which means when I bought the item I took the whole cost from the budget rather than doing it per portion. It works for things like lettuce, cabbage, milk, yogurt, oil, etc, where working out one portion would make life a lot more complicated!
YS means Yellow Sticker - reduced)


End of day update

B:  total 5p
L:  total  15p
D:  total 42p 
S/S:   total  18p

Today I spent 80p
Budget so far £20.00
Spent: £18.46

Money in hand:  £1.54

And I am now off challenge until July 1st

Monday, 26 June 2017

Day 18

It's going to be an odd day today as I am having ceilings re-plastered and I have an evening meeting so dinner will have to be very late.

B:  Pineapple (6p), natural yogurt (apf) and muesli (gifted)
L:  tuna pate (half tin tuna - 22p, mayo 2p) with carrot batons (4p), fruit (approx 10p)
D:  chorizo and bean stew (28p), 50g rice (4p), banana (12p)
S:  fruit (max 14p)


(apf means 'already paid for' which means when I bought the item I took the whole cost from the budget rather than doing it per portion. It works for things like lettuce, cabbage, milk, yogurt, oil, etc, where working out one portion would make life a lot more complicated!
YS means Yellow Sticker - reduced)



End of day update

Amazingly, all went according to plan.
B:  Total  8p
L:  Total 35p
D:  Total 44p
S:  Total 9p

Today I spent 96p
Budget so far £19.00
Spent: £17.66
Money in hand:  £1.34



Sunday, 25 June 2017

Recipe: Pasta with sardines, chilli and lemon

Here's the link to the original.  Scroll down to find it.
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/nov/21/sardines-recipes-croquetas-bruschetta-hash-indian-chutney

This is how I frugalised it.

I used budget penne.
I used sardines in sunflower oil from Aldi.
I used garlic puree and chilli puree from tubes.
The tomato sauce was left over from yesterday and it was passata, made last year with garden grown tomatoes and frozen.  I had reduced it down to a thick consistency and added garlic puree, pepper and oregano leaves.
The lemon was from a bottle of lemon juice, not a fresh lemon.  It was great in this dish.

I also used half a small onion, finely sliced and softened in oil from the can of sardines - didn't need all of it.  I removed most of the skin and the bones from the sardines - fiddly but better, I think.
It took only as long as the pasta took to cook (12 mins) and was really filling as well as frugal.

And here it is.  I'll do this one again, for sure!


Day 17

. . . and probably a £1.50 day today.

B:  beans (8p) on toast (apf), brown sauce (2p), apple (7p)
L:  cheese toastie (20p), salad (left over from yesterday so apf), fruit (approx 10p)
D:  pasta with sardines, chilli and lemon (approx 40p), yogurt (apf) and pineapple (6p)
S/S:  more fruit  (to be costed as eaten)

Lots of fruit this week!  I went shopping yesterday and there were some good deals.  I got peaches, flat peaches, plums, apples and the usual bananas.  It's just as well I love fruit.
The flat peaches (I think they're called 'doughnut' peaches) were 49p in Tesco and I got two packs of seven.  The numbers varies depending on weight but fruit is eaten in units usually, not weight.

I found the pasta recipe online, in an old Guardian article.  If it works, I'll post about it later.

(apf means 'already paid for' which means when I bought the item I took the whole cost from the budget rather than doing it per portion. It works for things like lettuce, cabbage, milk, yogurt, oil, etc, where working out one portion would make life a lot more complicated!
YS means Yellow Sticker - reduced)



End of day update

It's been a rather delicious day, to be honest and it's definitely a £1.50.  Lunch was tasty, dinner was scrummy and it was nice to have more fruit.

B:  Total 17p

L:  Total 27p
D:  Total 45p
S/S:  Total 45p (peaches and 30g cheese)

Today I spent £1.34
Budget so far £18.00
Spent: £16.70
Money in hand:  £1.30


I will post about the pasta in a separate message.


Lunch!


Saturday, 24 June 2017

Recipe: French bread ham and pineapple pizza

I had some YS French bread to use (I chopped it into lengths and froze it) and I remembered that I really liked these pizzas when they first came out.
I also had some home grown/made passata and some ham trimmings.
Sorry about the vagueness of the ingredients but it's just what I had!  You don't need much of anything really

Ingredients.
some French bread (about 10 to 12cm long) - or you could use a crusty roll or even a chunky slice of bread!
some passata
oregano, seasonings
bits of ham
bits of pineapple (I reserved some from my breakfast portion which was a quarter of a Savers can)
a tsp oil
bit of onion, sliced
bit of sweet corn (from a bag of frozen corn)
3-g finely grated cheddar
a few olives if you have any (I didn't)

Method
Heat oven to 180C
Reduce the passata down, adding herbs/seasonings to taste.  A bit of garlic puree would be nice.
Soften the onion and corn in a little butter until soft

Cut through the piece of French bread lengthwise.
Spread over the reduced and thickened passata, then add the onion, corn, ham and pineapple.  Season if wanted.  I then added some oregano leaves from the garden.
Sprinkle over the grated cheese and top with olives (optional)

Place on baking sheet and I used a bit of scrunched up foil to keep them level.  Bake for about 15 mins until the cheese is melted and bubbling.
Serve with salad.  Or chips.  Or whatever you fancy really.

With my apfs, frugal purchases and bits from the garden, it came to 46p.  It would be more if I had needed to buy everything at full price, of course.


Day 16

A £1 day today although, if I find some nice fruit as I go shopping, it might become as £1.50 day!

B:  pineapple (6p), natural yogurt (gifted), muesli (gifted)
L:  beans (8p) on toast (apf), apple (7p)
D:  ham and pineapple French bread pizza (home made and around 35 to 40p), salad leaves (garden), cucumber (apf), grated carrot (around 3p), sweet potato fries (apf)
S/S:  carrot batons (3p), maybe a banana (12p)

(apf means 'already paid for' which means when I bought the item I took the whole cost from the budget rather than doing it per portion. It works for things like lettuce, cabbage, milk, yogurt, oil, etc, where working out one portion would make life a lot more complicated!
YS means Yellow Sticker - reduced)



End of day update

More or less according to plans but there are some apfs to add.  The meals came to just over £1 so I am calling it a £1 day

B:  Total 7p
L:  Total 17p
D:  Pizza was 46p and I didn't need the fries.  Total 52p
S/S:  banana, two 'flat' peaches   Total 26p

Plus:
Iceberg lettuce: 41p
Some not butter spread - I thought I'd try it as butter is very expensive: 75p
A batch of natural yogurt: 47p

Today I spent £1.02 plus £1.63 on apfs
Budget so far £16.50
Spent: £15.36
Money in hand:  £1.14