Long – long – blog tonight, so let’s get started.
Dinner tonight was leftovers – again! This time, Haggis burger with roasted brussels sprouts and baked potato. For pudding, baked apple stuffed with honey and raisins.
In honour of Burns Night yesterday, I tried to bake some shortbread – my first attempt in about 30 years. Although they don’t look very pretty – next time I’ll use a pastry cutter! – they tasted good. At least, the small portion I managed to rescue did. About three seconds after taking this picture, I knocked the plate on the floor. Let’s just say that if dogs can smile, mine had a grin from ear to ear, with shining eyes and a very waggy tail to match!
Although I could laugh it off, in wartime it wouldn’t have been nearly as funny. Making the shortbread took up 1/10 of our fat allowance for the week. When resources were scarce, that would have been no laughing matter!
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As promised, here – for my husband’s colleagues who can’t believe I’m bringing in a grocery shopping for two at around $60 per week – is my menu, shopping list and bill for this week’s rations. Please remember this isn’t absolutely everything I need for my weekly menu – I already have staples like flour/tea/treacle/sausagemeat etc. on my shelves and in the freezer.
Also, the bill has been adjusted to show the price of my actual rations allowances. Some things – like bacon – I could only buy in a large packet so I had to remove the bacon allowed for this week and freeze the rest.
Main Course: Haggis Burger, Cheese Dumplings, Sausagemeat Loaf, Steak and Pot Pie, Steak and Pot Pie leftovers, Bacon Turnovers, Corned Beef Hash, Toad-In-The-Hole
Pudding: Breton pears, Padded pudding, Dark Gingerbread, Welsh cakes, Apple crumble, Pear crumble, Bread and Butter Pudding, Baked Apples.
Rations (for two):
Bacon – 8ozs 226g: $3
Meat – 1lb/455g: $3.96 (Stewing steak)
Milk – 12 pints/6.8 litres: $9.99
Cheese – 4ozs – 112g: $2.50
Butter/fats – 1 lb /455g : $3.49
Sugar – 8 ozs/224g: $0.44c (It should be 1lb between the two of us, but I’m still haven’t used up our first week’s sugar ration.)
Eggs – 8 (2 shell and 6 powdered) $1.86
Preserves: 4ozs/112g: $1.00
Non rationed food:
Corned Beef: $4.83 (on points when available!)
Potatoes: $3. 98
Leeks: Not available – it’s wartime.
Red cabbage: $2.29
TOTAL: (IF my maths is correct!) $60.82Cdn: $54.96US: $63.25 Australian: 33.36GBP
As I said, I do have some staples already on my shelves and veggies left over from last week, and when I figured out the price of my morning porridge, without milk it comes to 14c per portion.
So it is possible to eat a very healthy, filling diet on a budget But if you’d like to read more about eating well and cheaply, please check out THIS website. Jack Monroe is a 25 year-old single mother who found herself forced to feed herself and her child on 10GBP a week. ($18.23Cdn:$16.48US: $18.96Australian)