It’s so interesting to read in comments (and on Facebook and Twitter) how many of you also have groaning pantries, yet still keep buying food.
Also to hear something I didn’t know about one my best pals (yoohoo Miss Nicki Davidson…) that she clears all her cupboards once every three months using this method. And she’s a caterer, so she knows from food and says she has fun making tasty meals from whatever’s there.
Particular thanks to Golly Gumboots (who blogs here http://gollygumboots.wordpress.com/) for putting me onto The $21 Challenge by Fiona Lippey and Jackie Gower.
This Aussie duo came up with the idea of eating only cupboard love style – plus $21 (about £12) to spend on a few extras to make your meals work – one week each month.
They claim families could save $3,600 (£2000) a year doing this, which would be a great bonus on top of the feel good eco factor I’m getting out of it.
I struggled with the poor graphic design of the website (a magazine editor’s eye never leaves you…) and testimonials mentioning powdered milk, but it’s worth a look.
Here’s what we ate today.
For me, my usual Bircher-style muesli with oats, grated apple, cold milk and yogurt. Peggy had a tortilla with grilled cheese and an orange.
Leftover kidney bean burger from last night in a pita with lots of chili ketchup, and a side salad including beetroot.
The roast chicken, gravy and frozen peas. We had a bit of a disaster with the mashed potato. I peeled every potato I had with the idea of having some mash tonight and then using the rest tomorrow (the most versatile of leftovers…)
Peggy wanted to do the mashing and unfortunately I left her to it, only to turn round and see she had put half a pint of milk in it. So we had a thick potato soup.
I haven’t binned it, I have an idea to make vichyssoise, but I think part of the problem was the nasty potatoes I’d bought in Morrisons (a second rate UK supermarket, without the sick thrill of the Euro budget chains Liedl and Aldi). The last lot of mash I made with them was also pretty yuk. So I’m going to have to decide whether it would be throwing good food after bad to try and rescue it.
Memo to self: never buy anything ever again from Morrisons apart from branded goods.
For pudding we had something verrry unlikely, semolina.
I found a big jar of it at the back of a shelf, leftover from when I made roast potatoes Nigella style, which involves tossing the parboiled spuds in the stuff (not worth the effort).
It’s quite mellow here tonight and not really semonlina weather, but with a blob of jam it was a novel treat – which I was pleased a 21st century child was prepared to try – but I think it will take a while to finish that jar.
So far, including the off piste biltong and pork scratchings I’ve spent £4.95 ($9) on food this week. That’s less than my lunch normally costs me.