Thursday 10 May 2012

Day Three - Food and Determination

Breakfast - 2 slices of Peanut Butter on Toast and Water

It was a good day, I enjoyed the food.

Although I missed dreadfully the being able to raid the fridge for nibbles, but I kept myself busy, cleaning the house, stripping the bed, ironing Lovely Hubby's shirts. All the indoor jobs that I hate, the weather is still miserable and wet, apart from nipping out to feed the chickens and clean out their houses I was indoors all day. Even the dogs preferred to stay in, that shows how bad it was weatherwise yesterday. But when you have a day of doing jobs you don't like I always think you feel better afterwards, after all they are out of the way, and now there is no big pile of ironing glaring at me every time I go in the spare room.

A nice cup of coffee.....oh yes a VERY nice cup of coffee!!

Lunch - 3 slices of bread with Egg Mayo and Water

I took time out to think about the menu for the day ahead and prepared the food, lunch was yummy. The mayo tastes delicious, and two little Pekin eggs mixed in with it was just about enough for the sandwiches, usually I would have added some lettuce and maybe a tomato or two on the plate, but the sandwiches were filling and that, this week, is the main thing.

Tea - Vegetable Curry & Rice (oh... and yes, a glass of water)

For tea I took a jar of the Curry Sauce and added to it 2 onions, a handful of each of my frozen veg, some pepper and a couple of dried curry leaves, it turned out very well, although I struggled to get the rice right.  I don't seem to be able to control the temperature properly with this electric cooker.....oooh I miss my AGA!!  Any tips gratefully received.  I used to be able to make perfect fluffy rice, although I guess this cheapo long grain stuff is harder to get right as well, it's years since I have used it.

Dessert - Stewed Apple with the remaining Meringues all crunched up - double yummy!!

Knowing that Lovely Hubby would miss his usual naan bread and poppadom with his curry and rice I cleverly though ahead and whipped up a dessert.  It soothed him immediately and filled his little tummy completely.  I realised that I hadn't eaten any of my daily apples and so had 3 that I could use.  So I peeled cored and then gently stewed them, as they are eating apples they were wonderfully sweet and with the addition of the remaining Meringue Crunchies (paid for yesterday) they made a lovely pudding.

The day was rounded off with my second cup of coffee and all was well with the world.


Facts and figures

Me - Allowance £1

Coffee 9p
2 Slices Toast with Peanut Butter - 12.5p
Egg Mayo Sandwiches - 9.3p
Veggie Curry and Rice - 22.7p
Stewed Apple and Meringue - 4.6p
Coffee - 9p
Total - 67.1p
LH - Allowance 33p

Veggie Curry and Rice - 22.7p
Stewed Apple and Meringue - 4.6p
Total - 27.3p
So this evening meal was much more expensive than last nights - almost 55p for the two of us!!
The only reason that these prices are so low is that we have grown or produced so much of the food ourselves, it just goes to show how cheaply you can live if you have a little bit of space to grow the things you love to eat.

Well, I've sent LH off to work today with the knowledge that these two crusts, just taken from the freezer, are a major part of his evening meal tonight.  He threatened to pinch one of my cook books and text me on the hour every hour with guesses, but I shooed him away.

Can you guess?

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And can you guess what I'm going to use the two dry crusts for?
Sue xx


  1. rissoles maybe or bread puddung? Well done.

  2. I can't even begin to guess. I wonder how I would go under $5 per week with NO garden produce whatsoever. I don't think I'd be eating as well as you are that's for sure. Keep up the fantastic and inspiring job that you're doing. xx Susan

  3. All looks relatively yum to me. My first guess was bread pudding then I thought pizza?

  4. Hmmm, some sort of veggie stew with a mash and herby crumb topping? Apple Charlotte? Or yes, the pizza's a good idea.

    I am enjoying following you on this challenge, Sue. I hope you're (kind of!) enjoying doing it! It's certainly giving me ideas, so thanks for that.

    Regards, Sooze xx

  5. I have no idea - You're doing so great Sue x

  6. Breadcrumbs!

    Now that is a sign that the weather is miserable when the dogs don't even want to go out. I know the feeling, I have barely been out myself. I'm liking all your grub, its so inspiring what you can eat on a limited budget. Hope you can resist raiding the fridge too :0 ) Take care x

  7. You are doing SO well, Sue!

    I thought a breadcrumb crumble topping on something?

    Sarah xx

  8. Hi Sue

    The best tip I ever got for cooking rice was to bring the rice and the required amount of water to the boil,put the lid on the pan and turn out the heat.Then leave for thirty minutes and hey presto perfect fluffy rice.I've done this loads and it works every time


  9. Impressive - although I have to say the men in my house would eat all that and be very very hungry! I have arranged lunch for a few girls from work along frugal lines, it's a few weeks away yet but I am doing veg/bean soup with dumplings and bread sticks - the breadstick are Iceland and are £1 for 4 sticks so I think I will be feeding 4 for about 50p a head.

  10. You're doing great! Thanks for all your encouraging comments on my live below the line week! Keep up the good work - it's a brilliant thing to do, eye opening and inspiring. x


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