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There are a few different ways of doing The Food Shop.  The most popular is to plan your meals in advance, allocate a day to go shopping and get it done on said day.  This is great if you are highly organised and can remember the list of items that you’ve run out of other than the food items you might need for your meals.  There is also the online shop which many swear by and declare that it saves them lots of money because you are not tempted to buy any other *bits* that might be lurking down an aisle prettily decorated with HALF PRICE of BOGOF signs.

Some people buy a few bits per day.  I supposed that’s ok if you live next door to a supermarket but not really practical for most of us if time is an issue plus it can be costlier and if it’s raining and you have the kids at home…well!

I have tried all of the above (shopping for bits happened when I was single and I actually did live next door to a mini mart!). Even the meal planning which is an excellent idea has left me flummoxed (one m or two?).  I never seem to adhere to the plan either because I feel like making something else or um…because I feel like making something else.  Okay, okay, I admit I am NOT GOOD at following rules where meals are concerned, even my own.

This week, after the long period that seems dull and depressing after Christmas, I have been on a food shop pilgramage visiting my most used supermarket, my dearly loved American warehouse-type store and my favourite Asian grocer/butcher.  I have decided to shop for TWO WHOLE WEEKS!

Yes, you heard right.  I have enough provisions (apart from milk and bread) to last two weeks.  The freezer is stocked for a month (no pizza!) and the fruit and vegetables, if stocked properly in the fridge can actually last that long.  This may sound quite grand but I can assure you it isn’t.  It’s mostly all necessary stuff that we have run out of, butter, cheese, fruit etc.  The only treat in there is a cheesecake and even half of that will be going in the freezer until next week.

My other reason to be happy is my visit to the butchers.  I have portioned up everything I bought and it has made 10 meals that I can usually get leftovers with too.  These meals with vegetables, rice (or bread) all work out at around £4.50 a meal for four people.  Me Happy!

I have kept all receipts and made notes of how much each shop cost for future reference.  Hopefully by buying alot of things that will last the whole month and some that I have to replenish in a fortnight, I will have reduced the budget a little but I can only tell this when February is over. One example of an item that lasts for a while is rice.  I buy a 10kg bag for £13.00 (this month we even got 10% free!) and that will actually last this family 6 months.  I would have taken a picture for you all but put the shopping away before I remembered!

My question to you is which method of food shop do you do?  Do you do a bulk month/fortnight shop and have you been successful? Or are you a meal planner and buy weekly with strict method?  Please feel free to comment below, I can always do with learning a thing or two!

 

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So this weather doesn’t seem to be able to make it’s mind up! One day it’s dark and damp, the next it’s bright and freezing.  Whatever happens, we have another two months of it at least and what better way to get through it all than to have a nice bowl of something hot!

Here is a quick and easy recipe for a lovely winter recipe.  Try it with a crusty baguette or even garlic bread.  Banish those winter blues with this yummy dish.

Ingredients:

2 tins borlotti beans or red kidney beans, drained

2 medium sized potatoes, diced

1 medium onion, diced

1 tbsp tomato puree

Juice of half a lemon

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp turmeric

salt and pepper to taste

Yummy...

Place the beans, potato, onion, olive oil, turmeric and tomato puree into a pan and cover with water.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes or until potato is soft.  Ten minutes before serving, add the lemon juice and more pepper to give it a kick. Enjoy!

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