I have a real fear of running out of food! There were times (many years before dearly beloved) as a single mum with a five year old son that the end of the week would come and I would save the last few pieces of bread to make my son breakfast and a sandwich and there would be nothing in the house until I got my child benefit on a Monday morning! I still fear running out of food and make sure I am always well stocked. In my freezer there are meals for two weeks! Veggie burgers, faggots, chicken pies, steak and kidney pie, chicken, salmon, and an assortment of frozen veg and I always have a sack of spuds.
Even with all that in the freezer, I still kept half the bread and butter pudding, wrapped in cling film for supper tonight; I shall just make some custard to go with it.
I always make sure I have ham, or tuna or something for our sandwiches for lunch, that we have a piece of fruit a day and plenty of veg to bulk out our meals with. My cupboards are well stocked with flour, pasta, homemade jam, homemade chutney and the cake tin always has some fruit cake for our snacks or lunches.
I shop judiciously and make sure I have a careful list from my menu plan for the week. We often eat the same things twice in a week if I have bulk cooked previously. I also save the spare meat from a roast chicken, bits of uncooked pastry and often have random ingredients that I concoct something from. I had pastry left from the steak and kidney pies, the foil dishes have been washed to use again and I had cooked chicken from a roast from a couple of weeks ago. I used mushroom soup as a sauce, mixed in cooked peas and carrots and chopped the chicken, made some pies, which will be our dinner tonight with one spare for dearly beloved to take to work tomorrow.