A couple of days ago my brand new induction hob refused to switch on. Hopefully it will be able to be fixed but right now I am without a hob which is very annoying, especially as I invited my cousin and her husband for dinner on Friday.
So, this afternoon I went to my Mum and Dad’s house to cook a couple of curries which I can just re-heat.
By the time I got home though I was tired so out tea consisted of fish-fingers, oven chips and peas accompanied by a glass of red wine. The Mister decided a chip and fish-finger sandwich was the way forward!
Today’s picture is of my shopping list and my purse. The one thing that I have noticed since moving to Guernsey and then moving into our own house is just how expensive food is over here.
We don’t have Morrisons, Tescos or Asda and the only supermarkets we have are Waitrose, the Co-Op and Marks and Spencers food and as a result we can spend a small fortune on food.
So, from tomorrow I will menu plan and pay in cash for food in order to keep track of how much I am spending.
So, two questions…
What do you think is a reasonable shopping budget for two adults for the week?
What are your favourite meals? (cheap and healthy please!)
I cook quite a lot of Slimming World recipes as they are often very tasty and low fat. Their magazines are particularly good and they regularly have great features on food like curries and other spicy food which we love.
The Mister has missed this sort of food a lot whilst we have been living with my parents as my Dad doesn’t like ‘foreign food’ (he’s perfectly happy to eat pasta though!)
Tonight I cooked Sichuan Chicken (the recipe was for pork but I had chicken in the freezer) and it was absolutely delicious! It is rare for me to cook something that looks so much like the recipe in the book though!
Tomorrow our gorgeous niece will be 2 years old. I can’t believe that time is flying by so fast.
My sister seems to have gone from planning a quiet party with cake to a full-blown shin-dig, so I thought I would help out by making some fairy cakes.
These are vanilla cupcakes with buttercream icing (which was meant to be piped on beautifully but I didn’t have a nozzle big enough so we have gone for the ‘rustic’ look!) topped with jelly beans or Jelly Tots. They are delicious!
My Auntie Jen is a brilliant jam and chutney maker. In the lead up to Christmas I reckon she has made gallons of the stuff and has packaged and parcelled it all up in gorgeous jars and hampers which she sells. Her preserves also absolutely delicious!
I needed to get a gift for someone so paid a visit to her house to check out her jam bookcase. It’s starting to look sadly depleted now so after Christmas I think she needs to get preserving.
I was considering going to work today to try and deal with some paperwork but I was banned from going because I was so knackered and a pathetic mess yesterday.
Fortunately I was saved by the fact that when I got home from church there was a big delivery from Lakeland. I love this shop, I mean it sells so many things that I never knew I needed! I was quite restrained and had mainly bought stuff that I did actually need, like one of their oven liners to try and keep my new oven clean.
The most exciting thing in the box though was the Mini Sandwich Tin which has loose bottoms in each section so it makes it dead easy to get all the cakes out! It’s brilliant and I made some Mini Victoria Sponge Cakes and some Mini Lemon Curd Sponge Cakes. They look divine and I have made them to take to work tomorrow for my final team meeting before I go off on maternity leave. Yum yum!
The Mister is on a set of three night shifts so I decided to cook him one of his favourite dinners… sausages, mash, onions and baked beans. He is a man of simple taste – which of course is why he picked me!
I went to my local butchers to pick up some of their delicious Cobo sausages. The butcher persuaded me to buy a few of their Marmite and Cheese sausages to try. They were quite nice, very tasty but they had a bit of an aftertaste. I think I will stick to my old favourites!
In Guernsey we have this fabulous 5 week event in October – November called Tennerfest where lots of island restaurants offer fixed priced menus. Originally they were all meant to be £10 a head but this has changed slightly and some of them are a bit more expensive.
Tonight The Mister, my sister and I went to Cobo Bay Hotel for dinner and it cost £20 a head and was absolutely delicious. Unfortunately my brother-in-law couldn’t come as he was poorly.
As we were leaving we briefly gazed over the sea wall to see how high the tide was. There has been quite substantial damage to parts of the coast road over the last two days – high tides, combined with high winds have eroded some of the sea wall and road.There are some pictures here which are quite dramatic.
Dad’s vegetable patch is nearing the end of the season, some things have done really well like the carrots, other things like the tomatoes have been a complete disaster.
So, we are eating up the last few beans and carrots that have been coming through. Delicious! Here are Barnabas, Eden and Mum digging them up.
Just as well the veggie patch is coming to the end of the season though, dad has plenty to be getting on with in our house!
This morning The Mister and I went to the Writing Britain: Wasteland to Wonderland exhibition at the British Library. The Mister found it really interesting, but I found it a little bit dull. The only things that I found really interesting were the original Harry Potter manuscript and the original Alice in Wonderland that was presented to Alice.
We spent quite a bit of time wandering through Covent Garden and we walked past this bakery with the most amazing cakes in the window! We then went to Oxford Street and tackled some shopping, but we didn’t do very well. I kind of lost the plot at about 4pm when I was so shattered that The Mister made the decision to go home.
In the evening we went out for a delicious Turkish meal with our Yangtze and then we went to a gig at the Union Chapel which is just the most fantastic music venue. The gig was Jonathan Coulton (who The Mister loves), supported by Paul and Storm (who I love). It was a fantastic gig, although I was seriously struggling sitting in the pews by the end because my back was so painful.