Friday, 29 April 2016

The Final Stretch

Dan finishes work for a fortnight today, hooray!

I'm not taking time off from volunteering, mainly because I forgot to ask, but also because I think Dan wants to get out on his bike so he can do that when I'm out playing shops. 

I have stretched and stretched my grocery budget this month, as we had no spare cash from the general budget so I've had to use the grocery money for other things as well as food, there is no money left at all. We have £5 of Nectar vouchers though which is a huge bonus. So I've tried to stretch what we have to make a few nice things for the weekend. It is pay day but I don't get my new grocery money until Tuesday and I don't want to dip into general money. 



We are out of cereal, but have enough porridge, we are out of dried fruit and nuts but we have a few sunflower seeds. Dan will make some bread tomorrow. We are out of salad so yesterday I had to delve into the fridge to see what I could do. I used the last of the tahini and the final tin of chickpeas to make some houmous, chopped up a carrot and a red pepper to go with the few remaining tomatoes and some artichokes (89p from Home Bargains). There was just under half a cup of quinoa so I cooked that in some light miso and sriracha and added some roast veg and spinach plus a couple of chickpeas I held back from the houmous. Using some frozen chickpeas, half a pitta (it was huge so I only needed half for my lunch) and some of the harissa I made a while ago I made some falafel. 

Last night we ate from the freezer, which is now almost empty, other than some berries that could be used to make a crumble if we fancy something for pud and some corn tortillas that I'll use tonight . Which reminds me, we're going to try making our own wheat tortillas next month. Today I'm going to attempt some soup, I think I'm going to try puy lentil and spinach from River Cottage. I can always find something to make a chilli or a curry so I think we'll eat that for the rest of the weekend and we'll have made it!

Long live the pantry!



18 comments:

  1. It is amazing what you can find if you dig around and it helps use up the older bits first, you are doing very well xx

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    1. Thanks, secretly I prefer it when I have to dig around and stretch things. I'd do it more often but Dan suffers from empty fridge panic!

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  2. It sounds like you truly will have eayen down your pantry. I need to seycaside time to follow your recipe links. Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Thanks, you too.

      Hope the recipe links are of some use.

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  3. Its amazing what you can make from bits and bobs languishing in the fridge and bottom of the freezer. Some of my best soups have been a mix of ingredients.

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    1. I really enjoy digging around and making something from all the bits and pieces.

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  4. It might be a stretched budget but it sounds delicious. I love houmous but have never made my own. We've had chilli and curry here this week as well. I use a full tin of kidney beans in the chilli but me and Amy are always wanting more so I might have to start doubling up. Hope Dan enjoys his break from work. xx

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    1. I really like making our own houmous, it's cheaper and we can make it with less garlic than the shop bought stuff, which is always good when we're dealing with other people!

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  5. You've done v well with this!!! X

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  6. I read on someone's blog that they put empty cardboard boxes in the freezer to fill the space so the freezer thinks it's full as doesn't use more electric to run! My freezer is emptying but I'm using loads of things up from my stores too. I'm going to have a minimal spend May in order to have some more ££ for the Summer holidays!

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    1. We have a few 2 litre bottles that we put in the freezer when stocks are low. We use them in the summer in the bunny pen to keep the buns cool on a hot day.

      Extra money for the summer holidays is always worth a lean month, good luck.

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  7. It all looks good I like using the last of bits up to make more meals. I'm very behind commenting at the moment but I really liked the look of your meal plan for May. Just to let you know I've tagged you on my blog as a recipient for the Leibster award. xx

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  8. Sounds like you are doing a great job with your stores. I love homemade soup and often turn to River Cottage for inspiration xxx

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    1. Thank you. I do like River Cottage for simple meals and ideas. The puy lentil and spinach soup was delicious.

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  9. It's rather satisfying to produce a meal from left over bits and bobs isn't it. Your food sounds delicious. xx

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    1. Thank you. It is satisfying, I enjoy it far more than regular cooking.

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