Tuesday 25 September 2012

Food Challenge Monday

Food eaten today (by 2 of us) cost us approximately £1.95 in total.

Breakfast pancakes (1 egg, 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of milk). The mix made 5 pancakes which fed us both for breakfast with some added homemade damson jam.
Approximate cost 60p

Lunch, veggie soup (3 cloves of garlic, some dried pasta, a carrot, a stick of celery, homemade chicken stock from freezer, homegrown ruby chard, homegrown courgette, homegrown herbs & homegrown spring onion) There is enough for me to have a portion for lunch tomorrow. Total cost 60p.
Approximate cost for us today, 40p

Baked a loaf of very yellow bread (500g bread flour, 350ml water, dash of oil, a tablespoon of turmeric, salt, sourdough starter from fridge). Total cost 35p.
Approximate cost for us today, 15p (photo taken part way through Monday!)

Dinner, stuffed marrow (Homegrown marrow, tin of tomatoes, 3 sticks celery, 3 carrots, 1 onion, 3 cloves garlic, homegrown herbs, dash of homemade spitfire sauce, 250g minced meat & seasoning) Eaten with homegrown salad. We fed 4 people & still have 2 portions left for tomorrow...This was very difficult to cost so I've averaged it at a total cost of about £2.40
The cost for 2 of us to eat this meal was approximately 80p.

Without all the homegrown veggies which we've recently been given by friends & family, the cost would have been much higher.

Costing things was really difficult, I had to estimate amount used, work out how much I'd paid in bulk & do lots of division!

We ate really well but I could not have afforded this if I had to buy the ready prepared versions.


jackiescrafts said...

It sounds as if you have eaten really well and that yellow bread looks yummy.
Do you have a recipe for making sour dough starter culture please and how you keep it going

Many thanks
Jackie x

Thrifty Household said...

My sourdough starter/monster is about 18 months old now. He lives in the fridge (or freezer if we're going away for more than a week). There are lots of recipes online which are all pretty similar, here's a link to a River Cottage one


Each time we use some we add some more flour & water to replace what we've taken.

We add lots of different ingredients from chopped herbs, dried tomatoes, seeds, nuts, etc...

Mrs. Micawber said...

The soup sounds lovely - and the photo of ruby chard is beautiful. Good luck with your challenge - it looks as though you are off to a great start.

(Seems as though doing the math would be almost as challenging as the budgetary constraints.)

noknittedknickers said...

I have a confession to make. I read your last post and this admiringly, impressed by the rigour, thriftiness and general wisdom on display. But I know completely that I couldn't follow suit. So, I say onward, Mrs. TH. I'm behind you all the way. *hangs head in shame...*. C.x

Jo said...

I'm going to be following this closely - and with real admiration. Oh, and a fair amount of envy for the delicious food! Jo x

Anonymous said...

Well done! I can imagine how difficult that was to cost. I do love vegetable soup. The Turmeric bread is extra good for you, it is such a valuable spice.

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