Funds have been a bit tight this week - end of month syndrome have run out of a few things and have not been able to replace them. However, all is not lost just have had to make the money go where it will and not be able to take advantage of any offers - but still managed to get what I needed food wise. But then I went armed with a list for the real bits I needed which were as follows:
Small bottle of Sunflower oil
Bread Buns x 4 (for Saturday snack)
Bread loaf (only because OH had finished my home made loaf and hadn't told me -another one on the go)
Fish for tea (4 portions on special offer normally would make two meals but last night we blew the lot)
2 x 6 pint bottles of mil
Pot of creme fraiche
3 pots of yogurt for
Box of Weetabix
Tea Bags 280 on offer for
Tray of Eggs (unusually we had run right out) This will last me a couple of weeks unless I do a big bake
Vegetables and fruit: carrots x 2, cabbage, califlower, romanesco, parsnips, tomatoes, cooking apples -bramleys (reduced 3 x 50pence bags at least 2lb apples in each bag) apple pie or chutney not sure yet or Eve's pudding. Sweet Potato 1kg . Punnet of Strawberries
So I didn't do too badly. This is just like a general shop - meat is bought separately and budgeted for separately whenever we can get a reasonable deal from the Butchers like 5 rib eye steaks for £18 or so. They are frozen down and bought out for a perk me up meal or a special occasion.
I have onions and potatoes in stock although will soon need another bag of spuds
This little variety means that we will eat decent food during the week - good English comfort food as armed with the few bits I have in the pantry and the freezers we should not do too badly and when I get paid I will hopefully be able to top up a bit more on carefully selected items at the right price. I think a trip to Lidl or Aldi is on the cards once I get paid.
Depending on the weather proposed menus for this week are (although they could be changed at the last moment)
Sunday Chicken for Roast Dinner
Monday cold cuts with bubble and squeak carcass for making soup stock
Tuesday Toad in the hole with mashed potato, cabbage and onion gravy.
Wednesday Beef and vegetable stew
Friday Fish n Chips.
(or we could end up having Cauliflower or Romanesco Cheese)
With the tomatoes I intend to make some more passata (to be bottled) and also some roasted tomato soup and some French Onion Soup.
As I have the chicken carccass to make fresh stock - waste not want not.
I also have the Pantry to overhaul today to see what I am short of (seem to have a baked bean shortage but tons of tins of tomatoes) so I have lots to do as per usual but then I was bought up with the phrase idle hands make the devils work.
Catch you all later