So this is what we ate:
Soup and home-made bread
Sausage casserole and rice
Snacks- home-made flapjack, digestives, bourbons
This looks at face value not too dissimilar to what we might eat anyway – until you look into the details of it.
1. Porridge – we usually have with some combo of fruit and dark muscovado sugar and made with between one and two thirds soya milk – this porridge was made with all water and sweetened with Morrisons value strawberry jam (which is much nicer than the mixed fruit variety). The oats were Morrisons value which we would often eat anyway.
Fruit is just way to expensive to include in this – we are hoping that we might manage to get a reduced bag of something from Farmhouse Fayre Greengrocers but failing that there will be no fruit this week! Also no soya milk either.
2. Soup – this was much blander than usual, it was essentially carrots, onions, sweetcorn, peas, lentils, Sainsbury’s value stock – usually we have marigold stock (from a massive jar from Suma), tomato puree, curry powder, beans and more veg – actually lots more veg! We also used more salt added to it and also some value spaghetti to bulk it out. Definitely less tasty and lots less healthy.
Bread – home-made but not the Paul Hollywood cob loaf that I usually make (it has butter in it) but the very basic recipe of value flour, yeast, sugar and salt and water (cost 26p a loaf) – it’s a bit wrinkly.
3. Sausage casserole and rice – (will deal with the meat issue another time) – just to say it was value sausages (yuck!) carrots and peas (and onions for 3 of us) – made with Sainsbury’s value pasta sauce – the pasta sauce was really artificial tasting – we thought it would be the cheapest way of doing things as it would have herbs etc included but with hindsight we think a Lidl carton of pasata, some mixed herbs and some pepper would have been about the same cost and definitely better tasting.
4. Snacks – the flapjack was really good value – it worked out about 3p per slice made with value oats, value marg and the cheapest sugar I could find (Tate and Lyle – fair-trade from Morrisons 89p) – we usually use golden syrup but I actually preferred the taste of it made with sugar – this was the nicest thing I ate all day.
– the digestives were from Lidl 30p for 32 biscuits – not bad – and the Bourbons were from Morrisons 44p for 30 – We thought we could afford 2 biscuits a day.
We could have spent more on this day but I was hoping to have a bit left as the days when Martin needs to go to London will probably be more expensive and also I thought that Martin might need more food than he actually did. We also wanted some money spare as on Tuesday Jonathan was going to a friends and i wanted to have some money that we could allocate for him to be able to have a slice of birthday cake. Also we were hoping to pick up some bargain fruit from the greengrocers but unfortunately I’ve just found out there was no cheap fruit 🙁
No one seemed too hungry today – most meals were fine. Not great but fine, but no one enjoyed dinner.