It’s been a fabulous bank holiday weekend. The house is clean and ready for the week, we had a relaxing day at home with our feet up on Saturday, spent yesterday with family and today had lunch with a friend. The table and chairs I took look great in the kitchen which has had a coat of paint and we’ll be back later to finish painting as well as adding some ‘touches’ to the room.
Today, I’m off to pick up another table and chairs from an eBay seller as ours is in France. I’ll show it you tomorrow as it’ll take two trips to bring it all home. It’ll need a scrub up and maybe a coat of paint but they cost the tenth of the price of new.
I’ve cooked for the week and it’s mainly mince. When my children were small it as just about the only meat we ate. Now, I still stretch one 600g pack of mince. I made cottage pie and half the filling was mixed frozen veg that I mixed with the mince. When I make the ragu sauce for lasagne, I add finely diced carrots and celery so the minced beef is just a third.
I also cooked brisket in the slow cooker, just with water and plenty of salt and pepper. I use the stock to make gravy. When it’s cooked, I chill it over night before I slice it. I then add the cold sliced brisket and gravy and reheat that in a hot oven in the time it takes to roast the potatoes. I boil the potatoes first, cool them and spray with oil and roast at 200 for twenty to thirty minutes so they are fluffy inside and crispy on the outside. I’ve also cooked enough so we have roast beef twice, cottage pie twice and lasagne three times so I’ve cooked for seven days in advance.
I’ll freeze the lasagne and cottage pie until needed, I take it out of the freezer before I leave for work and cook it when I get home.
Two sets of tables and chairs have cost a total of £100 which has made a hole in our budget but we’ve kept other spending to a minimum and we’ve managed to transfer far more than we’ve spent to our savings. By the end of this month we’ll have met our savings target for our wood burner and installation before the summer.
It’s not an exciting menu but it’s all part of the money saving.
Love Froogs xxx