It’s been a busy week this week! We more or less stuck to the mealplan, except last night, when Dave had to work and I went out for dinner with friends. It should be a bit less hectic this week, and I’m excited about some of the new things we’ll be getting to try out for dinner.
I really like the ‘bedrocks’ section in Economy Gastronomy, where they show how to make 3-4 meals out of one main ingredient, hopefully making for less money spent and certainly less time spent in the kitchen. The main ingredients range from a ham to a whole salmon to a big batch of chickpeas and after some deliberation, I decided to test out the braising beef section. The basic idea is to make a massive beef casserole, split the leftovers in two and turn one batch into pasties and the other into a pasta sauce. I won’t be exactly following their recipes but will actually be seeing if there are any tricks I can employ to make the recipes even cheaper.
As a sneak preview, here’s a picture of the beef casserole from tonight – recipe to follow this week:
Sun 20 – daube of beef (from ‘Economy Gastronomy’) with mash, parnsips, Yorkshire pudding and cabbage
Mon 21 – pittas, hummous and salads
Tues 22 – veggie pakoras with dips, spiced onions and salad
Wed 23 – beef and mushroom pasta (leftovers from the daube; again from ‘Economy Gastronomy’)
Thurs 24 – squash and ricotta cannelloni with salad (leftover from last week)
Fri 25 – griddled salmon in a sticky Asian sauce with rice and stirfried veg
Sat 26 – veggie chilli with wraps
Spending Update (£168.04 / £170)
Fruit & veg £10.48 Smartprice peppers 7pk £1.68 Bananas x6 68p Tenderheart cabbage 60p Frozen blueberries £1.98 Mushrooms 250g 79p Rocket salad £1 Lemons 6pk £1 Courgettes x3 £1 Limes 3pk 75p Salad £1 Meat & fish £10 Diced casserole beef 454g x3 £10 Dairy & eggs £2.56 Whole milk 4pints £1 Meadow Park milk 2lt 97p Smartprice natural yoghurt 500g 59p General £13.45 Smartprice tinned mandarins 23p Smartprice tinned pineapple 33p Shelled pistachios 150g £2.81 Strong white bread flour 1.5kg 80p Smartprice honey £1.24 Great Scot chickpeas 500g 95p French coarse-grain mustard 180g 58p Waitrose black turtle beans 500g £1.09 Waitrose pinto beans 500g £1.09 Douwe Egberts coffee 200g £3.50 Savers cocoa pops 83p Household £1.79 Shower gel 79p Alberto Balsam hair gel £1