Well it's the end of Challenge week and here are my leftovers.
One slice of Bread
Half a can of Peaches
One portion of Carrot Soup
About 2/3 of a jar of Marmalade
I guess at a pinch another day when you wouldn't starve. Peaches for breakfast, soup for lunch and then marmalade on toast for tea. Not a good day, but at least it's food.
Or, you could roll this forward and have a starting point for another week on £3.50. One where you wouldn't be starting with absolutely nothing like on the first one ... and this is how a store cupboard is built up.
I had printed out my Sainsbury's supermarket basket, then neatened and edited it to make sense, changing the price of the onions as they had cost me more in the shop than the online basket had said they would.
These are my notes for the week.
Using the rough notes that you saw the other day as a starting point and to keep me on track, I filled in each days meals on the righthand page as I ate them, and added up the ingredients as I used them. Seeing it in black and white on paper helps me make sense of things and saves me having to keep going on the computer to fill in a spreadsheet. I'm old school ... forever. 😀
I didn't actually eat the leftovers as I suggested that on an extra day they might be used.
I had the final slice of bread as toast and marmalade for my breakfast, I ate the soup with a lovely fresh crusty roll from the freezer for my dinner and then I had a pizza for my tea ... a celebratory whole Falafel pizza bought from Sainsbury's, and yes I ate it all in one go, something I rarely do.
And then for breakfast this morning I finished off the peaches.
With a peach crumble and yoghurt ... well it was breakfast time, and a little bit early for ice-cream. 😄
So what are my thoughts after living on just £3.50's worth of food for a week?
1. It shouldn't have to be done by anyone in this day and age.
2. It is possible with lots of planning and imagination, and you can do it it many ways.
3. The same ingredients can be used to make lots of different meals.
4. It was more interesting than I expected it to be.
5. It's weird how making smaller meals seems to make for more washing up.
My favourite meal, and one that stood out head and shoulders above all the others, was the roasted carrots and mashed potato lunch.
Next time you have your oven on for something else, just wash and halve a carrot or two and put them in a baking dish with a drizzle of oil and some mixed herbs and any spice that you love, oh and maybe a wedge of onion or two ... and you will see what I mean.
After doing this challenge for the week I am sorely tempted to go BIG and eat for a week on £1 a day, but my common-sense is telling me to have a break, eat more protein and greens and carry on with my eating my way through the store cupboard long term challenge. Something that obviously wasn't touched at all for the past seven days.
Maybe in a few weeks ...
If you have any questions about the past week and the challenge I will be happy to answer them in the comments section of this post.
Thank you so much for following along, there has been an average of about 500 people reading the posts each day so hopefully you have found it interesting and entertaining, and maybe I have managed to give you a few ideas.
Is there anyone out there in blogland doing any sort of similar challenge that I can read about? I do love reading other peoples challenges. If anyone wants to read any of my older ones they are all listed on the right-hand sidebar. And as the instructions above them say:
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