Thursday, 19 April 2018

Thursday, 19-04-18

Good morning!

Today's plans
B:  muesli and yogurt
L:  omelette and salad
D:  cheesy sardines on toast, salad; fruit yogurt
Ss: apples

From the freezer
Just the sardine mixture, frozen leftovers from the last time I had this.

The frugal factor:
It's a very reasonable day as the muesli is a gift and the sardines are leftovers.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Wednesday, 18-14-18

Good morning!

Today's frugal food plans:
B:  porridge with yogurt
L:  chicken, hummus and salad
D:  beans on toast, mini tomatoes; fruit yogurt
Ss:  apples

From the freezer:
The chicken

The frugal factor:
Porridge always is - very!
The hummus is leftovers from the day before yesterday.  As it has already been frozen once, I'd rather not re-freeze.  It should be nice with chicken, I think.
I know I had beans on toast yesterday but there is a reason.  Beth was coming round but she had to cancel.  I'd already got out the beans and the bread (from the freezer) so I shall use them up today.
A nice, frugal day.

The weight has settled a bit and I'm doing more digging today!

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Tuesday, 17-04-18

Morning, everyone.

Today's plans:
B:  muesli and yogurt
L:  cheg and salad
D:  beans on toast, fruit yogurt
Ss:  apples

From the freezer:
Just the bread today.

The frugal factor:
Pretty much all of it.  The cheese (real cheese) isn't particularly cheap but I have so little of it that it doesn't amount to loads.  Eggs is just eggs, as the saying goes.
I'm sure everyone knows this tip but I will give it anyway - when using cheese for cooking, get a very strong one - you need less to get that good, cheesy flavour.

I have decided exercise stinks!!!  I've started doing some heavy digging in the allotment this week and guess what - I have put on three pounds since Saturday.  It can't possibly be food as I'm sticking very carefully to the liver shrinking diet for this last week and the digging is the only different thing in my life.  It will settle, of course, but I am a bit dismayed, all the same.  I thought I'd never see that next stone number again and this morning, there it was, smirking at me!  Grrrrr.

More digging today so lord only knows what it will be like next time I check.  :-)

(It's good for me really, I know)

Monday, 16 April 2018

Monday, 16-04-18

Good morning!

Today's plans:
B:  porridge and yogurt
L:  hummus and carrot batons
D:  salmon, SW wedges, salad; fruit yogurt
Ss: apples

From the freezer
The hummus and the salmon piece
Yesterday overnight and through the day I cooked that turkey mince in the slow cooker and got six portions which all went into the freezer for next week and the week after.

The frugal factor
Salmon is not cheap even though I got this on special but the rest is fine.

I was looking at some figures - one of them said that the average person spends between £40 and £50 a WEEK on groceries (including toiletries and basic washing).  That's between £6 and £7 (roughly) per day.
So when my day's eating looks a bit more expensive than usual, I console myself with the fact that it is still under the average; quite a lot under, in fact.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Sunday, 15-04-18

Good morning.

The attempt to make a tikka spice mix worked really well so I have posted about it separately.  I have plenty more, safely stored in a jar, for future meals.

Today's plans:
B:  porridge or muesli with yogurt
L: tuna salad
D: beanburger, salad, SW chips, fruit yogurt
Ss:  apples

From the freezer
The bean burgers, made last Tuesday and frozen.
I also got out and thawed a pack of turkey mince which is, as I type, in the slow cooker, gently simmering to delicious softness with tomato, onion, pepper, lentils, oats, various seasoning and thyme and bay from the garden.  It's smelling jolly good too!  It's destined to go back into the freezer and will provide easy meals for the week or so after the op when, maybe, I won't feel like spending much time in the kitchen.

The frugal factor
Just about all of it today.  Even the tuna isn't too expensive and the rest is really very frugal indeed.
Bought bean burgers are so expensive (50p each or more) and they don't taste half as good as my own home made ones!

Home made wins out yet again!

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Recipe: tikka seasoning

I thought I'd use up some of my separate spices and make this.

I got the recipe here.

It got changed to match what I had but not much and I reduced it to 1/3 so all credit goes to the creator, not to me.

two tsp each of ground coriander, ground cumin, garlic powder (I used granules), paprika.
one and a third tsps roasted garam masala (or the ordinary kind is fine too but I have roasted so used that).
one tsp ground ginger
two thirds tsp chilli powder
good pinch mango powder (because I have it and like what it does, but it's optional
if you have it, 1 tsp dried mint (I don't)

Mix together and store in an airtight jar.

I made my chicken tikka by mixing some of the above mix with yogurt and lemon juice and, for the mint, a bit of mint sauce from a jar (bad me), adding the cubed chicken and marinating it all morning before grilling the chicken and sprinkling over some lime juice.
Very nice indeed!

Saturday, 14-04-18

Good morning!

Yesterday's lunch was lovely.  It was going to be a cheesy omelette but I found a bit of ham that needed using so I added that to the mix (naughty but nice) and it was very tasty and filling.  Two eggs, a bit of ham, 20g proper cheese, spray oil and seasoning.  Mmmmmmm

Today's plans:
B:  porridge and yogurt
L:  chicken tikka salad
D:  spag bol; fruit yogurt
Ss:  apples

From the freezer:
The mince for the spag bol
The chicken for the salad

The frugal factor:
Medium frugal today.  Mince isn't too bad, neither is chicken and the rest is pretty inexpensive really!

I'm starting to plan meals for when I'm just out of hospital and will have people with me who will need feeding and also for subsequent meals when I'm on my own again.  What is really weird is remembering that I won't have to stick to the restrictions of the liver shrinking diet any more.  It does feel odd.  :-)