Menu planning is not my favourite chore, I have to admit, so perhaps that is why I am now finding that planning the whole month is a relief - just do it once and it is done until the next month! This is also fitting in with our pantry principle way of shopping because we are making the menu up from what we already have in stock, in the most part. We know what our routine is for this term with gym and piano lessons after school, so it is easier to schedule simple meals on those days each week. It makes the shopping trip simple because as I make the menu plan, I just jot down odd items that are needed to supplement the stores, and the fresh stuff like cheese and fruit that we need as well.
I have come across a couple of "new" meals that will probably make it on to February's meal plan, which I think that the girls will like as they include pasta! I am also trawling through Jack's recipes for some cheap and cheerful inspiration - someone posted on FB the other day that there was an article in one of the papers telling us that we cook the same meals day in, day out! Well, I guess that we have a standard repertoire that we know our families like, but we do enjoy some variation in the Fens. Eating seasonally is cheap, and when I have leeks growing in the garden, I make soup - I love it!
UJ brought us cabbage and some kind of broccoli [but not the kind you buy from the supermarkets, if you know what I mean - he calls that calabrese] and last week it was kale. The rabbits enjoyed wee bits of that as he did bring a huge basketful but then I put some through a rissotto one night when the gang were eating something I couldn't, and it was lovely - brought back memories as we used to grow it in Cupar. I have hinted that we could use some more....and joy of joys, I collected three eggs from the chooks on Monday - they must think it is spring with all the mild weather we have been having!
And I have declared my intentions on Frugal In Bucks blog today - my bum hasn't shrunk any at all so far this year, so I am joining in with her Weightloss Wednesday challenge. I am starting today, just as soon as I have bought some batteries for the scales so that I can weigh myself! It won't be good, so I shall just post the ups and downs.
Food shopping - questions and answers
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