Frugal February week 3

Well hello again.  Where is February going? I don’t know about you, but to me it seems to be flying by.

Our oven packed up yesterday, half way through cooking a beautiful roast dinner for friends! Thankfully, the top oven was still going well enough to finish everything off, but obviously this week we’ll be eating things that can either by done on the hob, grill or slow cooker while we wait for a new one to be delivered.

Monday: Tonight’s dinner was rather bland and uninspired I’m afraid. I didn’t even bother with a photo. Pb and I had slow cooked chicken pieces while Ste had boring packet veggie sausages with veg and boiled potatoes. I worked it out to be roughly £3.80

Tuesday: Shrove Tuesday! My favourite Tuesday of the year! Before the  obligatory stack of pancakes (crepe style if you’re American) smothered in maple syrup or vanilla sugar and lemon, we’ll have a little bowl of healthful leek & potato soup to get some goodness into us! £2

Wednesday: Half side of salmon with pesto, and vegetable infused cous cous. Salmon was in offer today in the supermarket. I got an entire side for £8 which will do two meals for us, so I froze one half of it. This is the most expensive meal this week at about £6.50

Thursday: Quorn & vegetable spaghetti bolognaise. £2.90

Friday: Friday night curry. Thai I think. Prawn for Ste and chicken for Pb and I. I managed to pick up a couple of packs of organic chicken pieces for £2 each today. Half a pack will do the two of us, and we’ve already got the rice and spices in, so all in, it will prob only cost us £3.50. Much more economical than a take away. I’ve been useless this week when it has come to photos. Largely because I’ve simply forgotten, but here’s one of the curry. I used my Nutribullet green Thai curry paste recipe. It says delicious!

I haven’t planned for the weekend yet.  What’s on your menu this week?


On the menu this week: 2nd June


My friends take the mickey out of me for this, but each Sunday evening, after Miss P has gone to bed, I sit down with my diary, a weekly planner and my husband and plan out what our week looks like.  I go through the freezer and cupboards before writing a menu, and then I do the food shop online which arrives the following morning.  Yes, it’s slightly obsessive, but we’re a busy family, and I like to plan ahead to make my life easier and more efficient. So, this week our menu has panned out like this:

MONDAY: Vegetarian lasagne, which I made last week from some left over bolognaise and froze, and salad.

TUESDAY: Venison burgers (spicy bean one for hubby), baked sweet potato wedges and salad.

WEDNESDAY: Monkfish (which incidentally I picked up at the supermarket for the bargain price of £2.41 and froze!) with black olive sauce, crispy herbed potatoes and broccoli.

THURSDAY: Spaghetti with prawns, slow roasted tomatoes, anchovies, olives, chilli, lemon and peas.

FRIDAY: Our usual homemade curry night.  If hubby is on target work wise he might make his signature Hyderabad  curry, if not I’ll probably do a Thai Massaman.

I tend to leave the weekends free as we’re usually doing something with friends or family, and this weekend is no different. BBQ with the Assyrian side of the family on Saturday, then out at a local country fair on Sunday after church.

So, there you go, our week in food! How is yours looking?