Friday, 31 August 2012

Super-saving September #2

So, onto the food planning... For those who want the recipes, I'll be publishing them as I go.

In the freezer we have: 
  • 4 smoked salmon steaks
  • 1 mutton neck fillet
  • 3 chicken legs
  • 1 pk Boerwors sausage
  • 1 pk Chinese ribs
  • 1 pk rump steak (700g)
  • 2 packs pork shoulder steaks (450g and 500g)
  • 1 whole pork joint
  • Prawns
Based on that, that's 12 meals worth of meat at least - nearly two weeks. Score. I reckon though, that with some careful eking out, I can make that go a good bit further.

The ribs, sausage, shoulder steaks and rump steaks don't lend themselves to multiple meals, so these will be what I call 'fancy foods' - meals made of components rather than as a 'one pot' affair. Everything else I will try to stretch for two days.

In the store cupboard we have:
  • Bread crumbs
  • Curry sauce packets (not something I usually buy but they were on Approved Food for something like 30p each)
  • Alfalfa seeds, and other similar sprouting salad (currently on Approved Food for a tiny price and they're brilliant for bulking out salad leaves).
  • Various cooking oils, herbs and spices.
  • Yeast for the bread-maker. 
  • Rye flour.
  • Gram flour.
  • Various seeds for bread-making.
  • Thai red curry paste.
  • Powdered coconut milk.
  • Dried red lentils and pearl barley
  • Garlic
  • 1 can of condensed chicken soup.
  • Cous cous
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • A staggering amount of white wine, weird liquors and homemade fruit/herb schnapps.
I need to top up my supplies of flour for bread and cakes, as well as my sugar and raisin supplies. I will do a more accurate run down of what's in there when I get home but for now, this'll have to form the basis of our meals.

In the garden we have: 
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Coriander
  • Lovage
  • Rosemary
  • A little rhubarb
  • Possibly some blackberries
And, as the old adage goes:

30 days has September.
  1. At Mum and Dad's
  2. At Mum and Dad's 
  3. At Mum and Dad's  
  4. On the road - picnic lunch/something for dinner
  5. Sweet and sour salmon - this can be done with a single salmon steak, leaving 3.
  6. Mutton curry - going to try making a mint sauce to mix with yogurt for raita.
  7. Mexican soup with soured cream.
  8. Pulled pork sandwiches and salad (remaining pulled pork to be frozen).
  9. Chicken and flageollet bean casserole (1 chicken leg)
  10. Fish pie (1 salmon steak and some prawns)
  11. BBQ ribs - cooking the pork steaks on the same BBQ, ribs served with salad and homemade potato salad
  12. BBQ pork steak sandwiches on homemade raisin bread.
  13. Chicken curry (1 chicken leg).
  14. 'Chicken' and mushroom pie - using the condensed soup
  15. Sweet potato falafel - using gram flour and a recipe from a previous post.
  16. Chicken and bean tortilla wraps - using homemade wraps, soured cream garlic dressing and guacamole (final chicken leg).
  17. Remaining pulled pork with cous cous and salad.
  18. Salmon fish cakes with salad (1 salmon steak)
  19. Sausage and mash with green beans
  20. Chorizo quiche with potato wedges and salad
  21. Paella with chorizo and prawn
  22. Enormous 2kg pot of bolognese - split the remaining sauce into 3 portions
  23. Lasagne (1 portion of sauce)
  24. Smoked mackerel salad with hummus and horse-radish mayo.
  25. Homemade baked beans with wedges
  26. Cottage pie.
  27. Homemade pizza topped with chorizo
  28. Chilli con carne with homemade guacamole and soured cream.
  29. Baked fish parcels
  30. Thai fish soup (final salmon fillet).
Tomorrow, I'll make a week by week menu plan and go through why I'm grouping certain things together, as well as list the treats I'm going to make, the breakfasts and my real challenge - the lunches. Then, I'll go through my shopping list at My Supermarket and see how best to get the ingredients listed below: 

1 can pineapple
Natural yogurt
Can of tomatoes x 4
soured cream x 2 large tubs
can of flageollet beans
frozen sweetcorn
sweet potato
kidney beans
2kg mince
plain flour
spelt flour
sunflower seeds
pumpkin seeds
smoked mackerel fillets
can of chick peas
can of beans x 2
frozen Pollock
natural yogurt

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