Hello Dear Readers,
Thanks for the comments yesterday, I always enjoy reading them. You will have noticed that there was no fruit on that list of meals yesterday, well…… I don’t eat very much of it. I have a lot of frozen blackberries in the freezer and a lot of cooked apple, which I will use in pies and crumbles over the winter. I’ll also use tinned fruit but I rarely eat any fruit in the winter as it’s not in season and it’s way too expensive. Most of it is imported which is why it’s so expensive. We will treat ourselves to some satsumas and oranges over Christmas, but not much else. So where, you may ask, do we get our vitamins – well, from seasonal veg.
Cabbage, carrots, brussel sprouts, leeks and especially red cabbage are full of vitamins. I don’t over cook them and bulk every meal with an abundance of leafy veg. Red cabbage and grated raw carrots, with a few tinned mixed cooked beans make a wonderful winter salad. Shredded savoy cabbage is a brilliant addition to stir fry and leeks, steamed and then added to mashed potatoes are just delicious, try adding a liberal sprinkling of black pepper to your mashed potato.
Anyone of my mother’s age, who grew up with very little fruit, due to a lack of imports (“there’s a war on you know!”) functioned well without fresh fruit because they did what ever they could with as many seasonal and easily available un-rationed vegetables. Here in winter, you can buy three or four huge leeks for £1, a massive cabbage for 50p, a kilo of carrots for under £1 and a huge bunch of broccoli for around 60p. We can buy perfectly good frozen green beans, again a kilo for well under £1. Kale is my favourite, easy to grow and best after a frost, as are Brussel Sprouts, and very cheap. Today, we had a mock roast of sausages, parsnips, potatoes, all roasted in a small dish in the mini oven, with cabbage, carrots and green beans, with some gravy. With that many veggies, I only eat two small sausages and the rest of my plate is veg.
I’ve noticed fruit becoming so expensive, even the tinned variety that we eat. I can though recommend cooked apple, eaten with custard! A real taste of my childhood that I still love in the depths of winter when the apple is sprinkled with cinnamon. So, over to you dear reader…………what is just too expensive for you to eat now and what do you substitute it with? I don’t miss fruit, as to be honest, I’m not a lover of anything sweet, but what do you miss that you just can’t afford any more? For me, it’s deep hot baths!