Saturday, 22 June 2013

Live Below The Line - Last Meal

It's my last day on the Live Below The Line challenge, and it has been interesting.  Least of all the revisiting of my own past, marvelling at how life changes over time and the enjoyment of experimenting with food again.

So, this morning, guess what I had?  Yep, you got it - marmalade on toast  (12p)

I spent lunch time in Hobbycraft doing an Artisan Fair, forgot to take lunch so send Hubster back for supplies, but he brought back crisps, Marmite cheese and crackers - emmm??!  So I decided to wait and have a late lunch rather than cheat  :)  (Good aint I?)

Lunchtime was 4pm, I wondered what to make as I stared into the fridge.  How about a leftover hotpot?

Ingredients needed:  (anything you can find in the fridge really!)
  • 2 sleepy sad looking carrots (4p)
  • Half a baking potato (22p)
  • Quarter tin of tomatoes (8p)
  • Couple of spoons of curry sauce (3p)
  • Half tin of potatoes  (10p)
  • Mixed Herbs (1p)
What you do:
  • Wash the baking potato and slice thinly without peeling.  Pop into boiling water and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Peel and chop the carrots up quite small and put onto cook for 10 mins or until soft.
  • Chop the tinned potatoes up into little pieces, mix with the tomatoes, curry sauce and cooked carrots. Put into an ovenproof dish.
  • Lay the sliced potatoes on top and sprinkle with mixed herbs.
  • Cook at Gas mark 6 for about 30 mins until golden brown and crispy.
  • Serve.

Today's lunch cost me 48p to make, but I only ate just over half of it - it was very filling  :)  Potato topped potato pie, now who would have thought of that?   :)

Thank you to everyone who sponsored me in this challenge, there are still some pennies coming through from various places so I don't have an exact total to hand, but it will be around the region of £120 - THANK YOU EVERYONE.

The conclusion:

Putting today's lunch in as Wednesday's dinner my week looked something like this.....

Breakfast 11.5p
Lunch 27p
Dinner 40p
Breakfast 11.5p
Lunch 27p
Dinner 37.5p
Breakfast 12p
Lunch 23p
Dinner 33p
Breakfast 12p
Lunch 26p
Dinner 43.5p
Given Away 18p
Breakfast 12p
Lunch 27p
Dinner 22.5p

Wow, well look at that, five days of three meals at day for just £3.84.  As you can imagine I have loads of food left from my original shop, I haven't touched the pasta and only had two portions out of ten of the rice.  I still have a little curry sauce left and a quarter tin of tomatoes. I have loads of spread and a decent amount of marmalade left too.

I can honestly say I have never been hungry -  I have been fed up with lack of variety and tempted to just grab a slab of Halloumi or liberate those Linda McCartney Fish Free Scampi from the fridge (which incidentally, I am going to have to eat a day out of date tomorrow!) but I am proud to say I have resisted and ploughed on through.

Thanks for following this journey, it's time to get back to craft blogging again now  :)

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