I removed Tuesday's post about the charity shop as there may be some legal proceedings, probably over cautious on my part but I thought it was for the best.
January isn't that much of a saving month for us as we do lots of celebrating and things like that, more than in December, so February is the first month of the year we have a financial push. The grocery budget will be lowered to £100, I would have it slightly lower but I need to buy both rabbit food and litter. February is a great month for savings here, short month, no Council Tax, no expected one off expenses (car etc), not much happening but we always seem to be really productive.
This week I've been creating extra meals by pinching a bit of everything from other meals - kind of like leftovers in reverse, I snaffle away a slice of this and a chunk of that before cooking until I have a bowlful of ingredients. Tonight we're having curry made with a few florets of cauli we were having with stew, about 1/4 tin of chickpeas from making houmous, some tomatoes from the salad bowl, 1/4 squash I'd roasted for soup etc. We didn't miss the extra cauli with the stew, the soup was just as nice with a bit less squash but we have an extra meal.
We've really made an effort to use things up and the amount of half filled bottles of stuff in the fridge has vastly reduced, we've not had to eat anything too weird yet and I'm still avoiding the peri peri fava beans that are in the freezer.
It's Dan's birthday next week and his office do that thing where the birthday person treats everyone to cakes. I am not a baker by any stretch of the imagination, I have spoken of my cake failures before, so I thought I'd better practice. Isa Chandra Moskowitz saved the day once again. I made Just Chocolate Cake from Isa Does It (recipe in the link). It worked!
It's very soft and light, not oily at all. I'd say nice enough to serve to other people. I didn't make the glaze this time but I will for the proper cake. As there are 20 people in the office I'm going to try a lemon cake too, I have all the ingredients for that so it's not going to break the bank. Additional skills!