Saturday evening we had sausages and mashed root veg [potatoes, carrot and swede**] I decided to serve them in one dish – arranged in a sort of tricolour target roundel. These were half a 50p bag from M&S [reduced to clear] I followed with mini trifles, made in ramekins [cherry plums from freezer, 5 floz custard and for the sponge base I used half a Sainsbury's ‘basics’ Swiss roll – which had been reduced to 10p] Total cost of meal – including the [reduced] sausages was well under £1 for the pair of us.
I haven’t hit my £30 target for food spending this month, sadly. After January’s stunning £20.10 [all those Christmas leftovers, plus desserts which were Xmas present biscuits and sweets] this month has cost £52.93. That included £4.28 for Approved Foods [my order was four times that- but I am spreading the cost over four months]
Looking at my food budget notebook, where I have been diligently keeping accounts and sticking receipts, I notice there are quite a few ‘pantry staples’ purchased [on offer] this month but not opened yet - including bread flour and cheese triangles and Trex etc – totalling around £3, and there are still quite a few meals waiting in the freezer.
So I am very pleased with a weekly food spend of less than £12.50 for the two of us. I think my £30 was perhaps a little over-ambitious!
I am not counting the Perfick Pork Present which Bob brought back from Norfolk for me – but he did return with two lovely pork steaks, a small pack of bacon, and a dozen fresh free range eggs. Thursday night he cooked the pork – and served it with some lovely mash, and a generous dollop of my Larkrise Potted Apple Sauce.
This apple sauce has a lovely spiced clove-y [not cloven] taste. Now the jar has been opened I have also used it for a dessert – a dish of natural yogurt, with a spoonful of sauce, plus a sprinkling of chopped nuts. Delicious!
**Where do you stand in the great swede/turnip debate? I know the Hairy Bikers have disagreements on this one.
Bob maintains that northerners call them all turnips, southerners refer to the larger ones as turnips [and only consider them fit for cattle food] but the smaller ones are swedes [and they originally came from France, but were inexplicably called ‘swedish turnips’]
When you think about it, we have a plethora of Euro-Veg - Swedish turnips, French beans, Spanish Onions, Greek Olives, Brussels Sprouts… have I forgotten any?