Thursday 31 August 2017

Get your act together!

It's a long time since I did an "eat down" of my stores and it's about time that I got my act together.  The freezer is bulging at the seams!  I've got plenty in the tinned and dry goods store.  And what is even more important is that my budget needs a helping hand.  I'm contributing to a (replacement) boundary fence this month and I'm having the hall and dining room decorated next month.   (Can't do it myself - disability and ladders just don't mix)

So, the food budget for September is £30.

Among my stores are a few ingredients which I rarely use.  I've got a Savoy cabbage and apart from steamed cabbage (with bubble and squeak next day) I haven't got a clue so I shall be trying new recipes there.  I've also unearthed a packet of green lentils which I have no recollection of buying and (as yet) no idea what I shall do with them.  Further finds will no doubt be made!

I started this blog three years ago as today with a similar project but have never had the need (or the courage!) to repeat.  It could be an interesting month.

Saturday 26 August 2017

And the winner is


Mama, could you e mail me your address, please?  There's an e mail link on my profile page.  Many thanks to everyone who entered.

Thursday 24 August 2017

Quick reminder

Just a quick reminder that you have until midnight tomorrow to win these three books.

Just post a comment on this post.

Monday 21 August 2017

Sharing the winnings!

I've just sorted a giveaway on my main blog so that someone can have some of my comping wins.  Comment over at (UK only) before Friday.

Tuesday 8 August 2017

Happy little comper

As far as comping is concerned I am definitely on a roll.

This year I've won

A dinosaur toy

Various books

Some Nickelodeon Blaze toys

Salad spinner, salad dressing shaker, salad servers and vegetable slicer

A DVD copy of ‘Delicious’

A pack of paint and other equipment for upcycling

£50 voucher decorating materials

A picnic hamper

A short break

An Amazon "Echo"

And this morning I found out that I have won a £500 fashion voucher.

Monday 7 August 2017

A girl needs to indulge (well, this one does!)

I had to go to Brigg today so I called in at Lidl, bought a pack of their Deluxe Scottish Beef Burgers and a pack of seeded buns and this is what happened. 
With a gherkin, a couple of leaves of lettuce and some mayo mixed with horseradish my longing for a burger was satisfied.

And McDonald's wouldn't have served it on a Haddon Hall plate!

Saturday 5 August 2017

Talking down

I try very hard.  This week it feels like I've been batch cooking for Britain.  I'd been digging in the freezer and had found various meats (mince, chicken thighs, casserole beef and the like) and decided to be good and make things like moussaka, beef casserole, chicken thingies as well as some rather nice fish pies.  I've got a couple of meals a week for the next couple of months and I'm feeling a bit virtuous.

But tonight I didn't fancy moussaka, casserole, chicken thingy or fish pie.  To be honest what I really fancied was KFC.  I got as far as checking the menu on line.  But it's quite a long drive to KFC so I checked MacDonalds.  Not quite so far.  But either way the nutrition choice was rubbish.  Even MacDonalds is a nineteen mile round trip.  

So I did the best I could and made a very quick pasta dish.  Nutritionally rubbish still but I didn't have to waste petrol driving anywhere as everything was in the cupboard.  Just some pasta, a tin of salmon and a tin of soup.  

When it comes to frugality I am definitely frugally challenged, some times more than others.  Tonight I did my best and I don't think I did too badly.  I even nipped out to the garden to get a garnish.