So yes, of course most of you knew immediately what this Challenge would be about. ... eating down the stores, emptying the cupboards, not shopping for a month, call it what you wish,
But I decided to call it 'Down to Basics' because once I empty the cupboards, fridge and freezer ... mostly here but also to some extent back in Wales ... I won't be shopping to restock them in the way they have been stocked in the past or present. Instead I'll be moving to a more basic, but useful and healthy store cupboard of our most used and basic items.
I'm putting up these photos as a record of what is here in the van food storage areas at the start of the Challenge so I can see in a couple of weeks how much difference there is.
This Challenge isn't to be about deprivation in any way and I will be shopping for things like milk for Alan's cuppas ... and maybe once ALL supplies are used up bread for toast. I will also buy things like onions if they are needed to make up recipes with ingredients I already have in the cupboards.
But apart from things like that I will be using up what we already have before any shopping for what we fancy takes place.
As you can see from these photos we are not short of food here at the Van, how things are back in Wales I have no idea, but I will be back there on Wednesday night so I'll check and photograph the cupboards and will continue the Challenge at both addresses.
I'm not sure how long this Challenge will last, a week wouldn't make much of a dent in the food stash ... so possibly at least a month
Anyway this is the basis of the Challenge and hopefully I will be back most days waffling on about something and sharing recipes that use up the ingredients that I find in the stores in the best possible way.
Oh, and I'm using one of my new notebooks to makes notes and list the foods that come out of the cupboards, fridge and freezer so I can keep tabs on my progress 🙂