Monday, 26 November 2012

Monday Big Shop

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Quick update from lastnight - no chocolate! Apple sliced and dipped in cinnamon instead.


I really, really wanted ground almond porridge this morning, but only had half the amount of almond I needed to make it... Feeling in a bratty mood, I went ahead anyway and... it was fine! I've immediately doubled my porridge production! A good start to the week, people.

I added fresh raspberries, desiccated coconut and tinned prunes (leftovers from lastnight's dinner) to celebrate.

 
I worked from home today and, having suffered from a sore lower back all weekend, decided to try standing at the new chest of drawers in the spare room rather than sit. It was just the right height and I barely noticed I was standing all day! I lasted until 4.15pm. I was hoping that and the 40 minutes of yoga I put in at 6am would sort the pain, but it's still niggling. Meh. Getting old! Regardless, it felt good to stand rather than sit all day and, once again, made me realise how bad sitting all day makes me feel. Another bonus was I didn't need the heating on all day as standing seemed to keep me much warmer than sitting!
 
Tiny apple (yep, again!) and copious redbush with almond milk kept the furnace stoked.

 
The nice shopping delivery man bought my weekly shop over this morning so I had a fully-stocked fridge. Always an exciting time for me. True story.
 
Come lunchtime I boiled me up some kale, carrot and samphire. As long as they keep selling that sweet sea vegetable, I'll beep buying. TRY IT!

 
While that's cooking, I'll give you a tour of my weekly shop. I've had a couple of questions about what I buy, so here you go:

 
Tiny apples somewhat made up for by giant bananas.

 
Lots of veggies.

 
Frozen fish (sorry about the sideways picture) my new staple.
 
And here's a list of what I bought in case you're interested:
 
Quantity
Product
Price
Total
1
Tesco Everyday Value Rubber Gloves 2 Pairs
£0.47
£0.47
5
Tesco Oranges Each
£0.30
£1.50
1
Tesco Cox Apples Min 6 Pack
£1.75
£1.75
7
Tesco Bananas Loose
£0.14
£1.00
1
Tesco Celery Each
£0.89
£0.89
3
Tesco Brown Onions Loose
£0.19
£0.57
3
Tesco Sweet Potatoes Loose
£0.35
£1.05
1
Tesco Cooked Beetroot Vacuum Pack 300G
£0.73
£0.73
10
Tesco Carrots Loose
£0.08
£0.80
1
Tesco Ground Almonds 200G
£1.99
£1.99
1
Tesco Coriander 31G
£0.80
£0.80
1
Tesco My Babys Cotton Buds 100
£0.39
£0.39
1
Tesco Recycled Kitchen Towel 2 Roll
£1.50
£1.50
1
Tesco Red Peppers Each
£0.78
£0.78
1
Tesco Blueberries 350G
£2.00
£2.00
1
Tesco Recycled Toilet Tissue 4 Roll
£1.72
£1.72
1
Tesco Blueberries 200G
£2.10
£2.10
1
Tesco Finest Jumbo King Prawns 225G
£2.50
£2.50
2
Tesco Kale Tenderleaf 206G
£0.75
£1.50
1
Tesco Whole Cucumber Each
£0.80
£0.80
1
Tesco Cherry Tomatoes 650G
£1.00
£1.00
1
Tesco 2 Smoked Wild Alaskan Salmon Fillets 300G
£3.25
£3.25
1
Tesco Healthy Eating 4 Basa Fillets 500G
£3.25
£3.25
2
Alpro Almond Longlife Milk Alternative 1L
£1.00
£2.00
1
Tesco Finest Samphire 100G
£1.50
£1.50
1
Tesco West Country Smoked Mackerel 260G
£3.00
£3.00
It came to about £43, quite a cheap week for me, but I'm eating out twice and I wing it on the weekend. Healthy food costs a lot.
 
Here's the rest of that lunch I was cooking up - I added some salad veg and smoked mackerel. This lunch is not getting old for me.


Then I dashed out for a walk while there was a glimmer of sun in the sky. Not bad for a workday stroll, eh? While out I saw an elderly gentleman playing the local par 3 alone and thought, good for him! I also saw a really cute and obedient Alsatian puppy and pondered the meaning of life a little...


Got excited about cake...

And wondered how I could make this edible...

 
Then I went and bought some sausages and eggs from the butchers - £3.50ish for 5 sausages and 6 of the best eggs you can buy. Now that's worth a trip out for.

 
The afternoon dragged a little after an early start, but a bit of citrusy zest, followed by more of those prunes kept me going.


 
And a carrot preceded the Monday bathroom and kitchen cleaning. Still loving getting it done on a weeknight.

 
Dinner time!  I decided to make a recipe from a book I've had for some time. It's an old favourite, curried fish and herb soup from Super Duper Soups, but heavily adapted to suit my weirdo tastes and what I had in the fridge.
 
I gently fried some shallots in a little butter until soft, then added two teaspoons of curry powder and fried for another two minutes...

 
Then the other photo I took disappeared, but, after that I added 600ml of stock (I used up the veggie water from yesterday) a frozen Basa fish fillet, a sprig each of parsley and thyme, a bay leaf and a pinch of saffron. I brought to the boil and simmered for 12 minutes, adding some shredded savoy cabbage after 6 minutes (again, left from yesterday) and some samphire after 9 minutes (because I want it in EVERY MEAL).

 
The original recipe doesn't add any veggies and gets you to put in natural yoghurt or cream at the end. Whatevs.
 
Question of the day: How do you do your weekly shop? Wing it or meal plan?
 
I plan my dinners and lunches for Monday-Friday and buy accordingly, which helps me stick to a budget. Weekends are more of a free-for-all.
 
This week's meal plan, for instance:
 
Monday: Mackerel salad/fish soup
Tuesday: Mackerel salad/out to dinner - French or Italian (with voucher, of course)
Wednesday: Salmon salad/sausages, sweet potato mash and kale
Thursday: Out/out (working in London followed by drinks reception)
Friday: Prawn salad/salmon broth with ginger

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