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.
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