With the falling value of the pound, the prices of many foods are rising. Is it time to look at our food bill and try to trim them a little? There are more prices rises in the pipeline and so even if we aren’t feeling the pinch now, we soon will be. As always, we should be looking for value for money.
You don’t have to do much cooking when we have summer weather, but here in the heart of England, the rain has returned. The forecast for the weekend is better and so the salad days may return. In Aldi this week the iceberg lettuce, spring onions, celery and radishes are just 29p each so a healthy salad might be on the menu this weekend.
It’s Sunday morning and I’m sharing my thoughts with you again. My thoughts today are creative thoughts. I want to go out and take some photographs, but I want to take one that is really different. I want to create art and that takes a little thought. I not only have to decide on a subject but wait for just the right light for my image. (more…)
If you want to save money then cooking your own food is an obvious money saver. When you buy takeaway food or have a meal in a cafe or restaurant, you are paying someone else to do something you could do yourself. On top of that, 20% VAT is added. The same applies to drinks like coffee. (more…)
The autumn starts in a few days in Britain and so we have to think about saving money through autumn and winter. Food that is suitable for colder weather like soups and stews can save money because they require cheaper cuts of meat or even no meat at all. (more…)
Using the internet to find deals is a good way to save money. Some sites are dedicated to offering us good deals too. There are some with voucher codes that you can search for and some that offer cash-back. (more…)
Herbs and spices
I made a chicken stew over the weekend and put in extra herbs for flavour. This can reduce the cost, because you don’t need so much chicken and is particularly good if you’re using a more expensive meat. I used 2 chicken legs and cooked those in water until I was able to remove the bones easily. I added lots of veggies that included swede, carrots and onion that were in a stew pack, then added seasoning. The herbs gave it a great flavour and I used 1/2 a teaspoon of oregano, sage, thyme, basic and herb d’ Provence. I got all the dried herbs for about 50p a jar from Aldi and Lidl. The basil was in fact fresh and made a difference this week. I made 1.5 litres for less than 2 pounds and it was not only frugal but yummy! You can cut the meat down even more if you add vegetable protein in the form of pulses. Try a cup full dried split peas but soak them overnight first. If you are adding split peas the amount of chicken can be halved. You can also add a chicken stock cube for extra flavour. You can also add an extra onion for even more flavour.
Egg ‘n’ Chips
The price of eggs has gone up in Asda (Wal-Mart) and so I’ve had to buy them from Aldi; still the same price and they are all the same size unlike the Asda eggs that were all different. Every time I mention eggs someone says, “We have free range.” I feel like being facetious and asking if they have double yolks, which of course they do. Then I can suggest all the eggs have double yolks from the farm next to the nuclear power station; all 4 legged chicken eggs have double yolks! I stay quiet, safe in the knowledge that my eggs have the lion mark and have been immunised against salmonella.