Turned the page in the diary and realised I'd nearly forgotten Son-in-Laws birthday so dashed to the nearest place to get gift cards to send, which is Tesco - I really don't like shopping there and avoid it but as I was there got the last few bits I needed for the Experiment. Goodness, Tesco is pricey - unless you have a club card which seems to take money off.
Cabbage - the cheapest green vegetable 65p
Leeks - reduced price to £1
Coleslaw 80p - this was more a want than a need because I fancied it to go with the sausage rolls.
Total here = £3.35 Added to the running total £66.45 = £69.80
I mixed up a small batch of shortcrust pastry using 2 oz of the baking fat and 4oz flour and used half to make Meal 24......... 2 sausage rolls using the other quality sausage. They were served up with the coleslaw and yet more of the frozen mixed diced vegetables and some home made tomato chutney. (There was pastry left over, which I put in the freezer and it will be used later for a pasty)
While I was doing that I used the rest of the baking fat, flour, a little sugar and some of the peanuts from that Essential Range Fruit and Nut Mix to make a batch of small peanut biscuits.
As the family grows, so there are more birthdays to remember! I write them all in my diary at the beginning of the year, along with their ages, but still manage to forget some.ReplyDelete
H'mm, I fancy a sausage roll now!
I have 3 children who have 2 partners and now 5 grandchildren so thats 10 before I even think about sending cards to friends etc!Delete
There's no Tesco round here (amazingly, I thought they had world - well, national - domination!) but I've seen/heard other people say they're expensive. But then prices are going up in every food shop. The sausage rolls look good, one of the few meat products I still eat.ReplyDelete
The Tesco in Stowmarket is on the edge of town and is a sort of in between size and quite annoying. I find it more useful to go into town where I can go to asda as well as all the smaller shops. But after all the years near the coast where there wasn't much choice it's good to have a look around severalDelete
That looks a delicious plate of food. I admire the fact that you also made the biscuits and so got full use of the oven. Food has become crazily expensive in Western Europe and I wonder when this food inflation will end.ReplyDelete
I used to make these biscuits all the time - Colin and the children loved them - it's too easy to eat too many!Delete
I do my main shop in Aldi but have to go to the big Tesco for things that Aldi don't stock. (Earl Grey teabags, cat food of preference, that sort of thing and I do prefer their coleslaw). I made sausage rolls this week too. You've inspired me to make some biccies too - the oven will be on for the Chocolate Apple Cake Keith has requested. The increase in food prices is = to my mind - a lot of it just sheer profiteering, especially by Heinz. I refuse to believe that the cost of making every soup in their range has DOUBLED.ReplyDelete
I agree about the profiteering especially on things that might have been made months agoDelete
No Tesco in Australia! We have Woolworths,Coles and Aldi. And in smaller areas local IGA but these small shops are way too expensive and we travel about 15 minutes into Aldi with a top up at Coles on the things Aldi doesn't stock. Many things, especially canned goods have gone up ridiculous amounts.ReplyDelete
It's almost a shock to find something the same price as a week ago - things are really bad hereDelete
And no Aldi here in Tasmania where I live! The Big Two have quite the duopoly, although there are quite a few IGAs in smaller towns.Delete
Your sausage roll looks good. I rarely eat pastry but yours look nice and crisp.ReplyDelete
Love sausage rolls, used to often make them as a mealDelete
The sausage rolls look great, and I bet they were tasty with proper butchers sausages inside. Have you found that doing this challenge is making you make much more of an effort with your food?ReplyDelete
I've had to do more cooking that's for sure and more thinking but it's been really good to do some planning because I'd got rather into the habit of only deciding what to have on the day - something that just goes in the oven - lazy cooking!Delete
You're eating well on your budget. I've still got my sister's brithday gift and my brother in law's birthday gifts here. They are sitting right next to their Christmas presents. :(ReplyDelete
Yum - sausage rolls, love 'em. I find Tesco pricey too, don't go there often for that very reason.ReplyDelete
Alison in Wales x
I rarely go to Tesco's as it's the wrong way out of town and just kept noticing things seemed more expensiveDelete
Oddly this week my small local Sainsbury’s dropped the price of milk, eggs, margarine, coffee and potatoes. Unexpected but welcome!ReplyDelete
That sounds good- hope it's the beginning of the end of inflationDelete
I've never had a sausage roll and your sausage rolls look very good. Do you cook the sausage first, wrap it with pastry and then bake it in the oven? Prices are rising in US grocery stores too. Some items like Silk vanilla soy cream (my favorite) for my home brewed coffee went from $2.99 to $3.79. Shocking. Soon it will be $5. Happy B-day to your SIL!ReplyDelete
No the sausage is skinned and then rolled thinner and put in Shortcrust pastry (or puff pastry) and then baked . Ever so common here forever!Delete
Sue I am full of admiration for the way you keep going with your charting of expenses. I can no longer go out and am housebound and I shop at Tesco, having my order delivered. Because I have no way of comparing prices I am always satisfied with their prices.ReplyDelete
Much easier to stick to the website you are used to when online shoppingDelete
I may have to try my hand at making sausage rolls. They are quite expensive here and I do love them.ReplyDelete
Awesome job on keeping track of what you have spent so far this month.
I've always kept an accounts book to know where the moneys goneDelete
Funny that seeing sausage rolls makes a person want one! I haven't had any in decades, but I do have some very good sausage in the freezer. This is all your doing, S in S!ReplyDelete
Hope you make some and enjoyDelete
I must say you make some lovely looking meals despite the cost! I hope at the end of the month you give us your opinion of what you've learned and whether you'll keep on using some of the products.ReplyDelete