This week's shopping
I've spent more this week. There were a couple of things which needed replacing and I've bought bacon (so useful) and some hazlet (for sandwiches).
I've bought more fruit and veg than I did last week. I think it is very easy to be over optimistic about how much fruit and veg you're going to eat. In our mind's eye we ourself as the type of person who eats their five a day without fail. I am going to get through all the veg I have bought this week though, plus the few bits left from last week. I promise.
I've also bought extra milk and butter as I didn't like nearly running out last week. Ocado were offering Cathedral City Cheddar for half price this week -600g for £3.24 and whole Brie reduced from £4 to £1.89, so rather than buy my usual 750g of own brand Cheddar I went for both these options -more cheese for less money. We will have some of the Brie in sandwiches (those of us who like it) and I shall probably use some to make some sort of tart with leeks and bacon, or maybe something with the beetroot I have which needs using up.
What I haven't bought are things I already have, or at least already have an appropriate substitution for. I haven't bought treats such as chocolate or interesting looking spices, exotic ingredients or ingredients to make some lovely sounding recipe I saw in a new cookery book. I'm sure I can come up with some lovely recipes using what I have :)
From Ocado; 20 pints milk, 3 x 500g butter, 600g of cheddar, 500g Brie, 250g smoked streaky bacon, 3kg strong white bread flour, 2kg oats, honey, decaff coffee (one third off), ground coffee
From the farm shop; 1 dozen free range eggs, 234g hazlet, 400g courgette, 2 little gem lettuces, rocket, 1.385kg carrots, 315g broccoli, 865g leeks, 470g cherry tomatoes, 1kg bananas, 4lbs cox's orange pippins, 4lb James Grieve
Total cost £47.06
Apart from a carton of cream at the weekend that's it for this week's food shopping.
Two rather uninspiring meals so far this week. Above is a fish stir-fry made with a bag of frozen pollack fillets which we ate with rice. Pollack is perfectly pleasant but it tends to fall apart easily which makes it more suitable for fish pie or fish cakes rather than for frying. I used a recipe for the sauce and unwisely followed its instructions to add salt as well as soy sauce. Too salty.
Yesterday I appeased the pasta gods, and my children who seem to adore the stuff. I cannot work up much enthusiasm for pasta. I find it dull. I get annoyed by the way the sauce migrates to the bottom of the dish and unless there is a substantial source of protein in the sauce I will be ravenous an hour later. But the children love it so we had spaghetti with a spicy tomato sauce which included anchovies, chillies and black olives. All in all the sauce would have been much nicer spread over a pizza. I love pizza (just in case you were suspecting me of anti-Italian tendencies).
I have also made a batch of Welsh cakes (nothing against the Welsh either), more granola, three wholemeal loaves and I am trying out a new recipe for crusty white bread which I am planning to serve with tomorrow's supper.
Oh, and I also melted my fish slice by leaving it on the hob.