Monday, 10 December 2012

Break Out The Chutney.....

Hello there...
just a bit more of our everyday ...
just a bit more of us..

 Time to break out the chutney ... yes indeedy...its that time of year... a girl needs a bit of chutney on her cheese on toast.

I made this beetroot and apple chutney a while ago ... made from some 'use it up beetroot' from Colin the veg and ... well.. whatever I could find in the cupboards.
So it was a bit of a ... 'lets see what it tastes like' moment ....
and  Yes indeed ...its very good.

Dear Hubby P has spent the morning ... and it is His Birthday! ... shifting a piano ... and other heavy things ... so cheese on toast for lunch was just the job.  

 We've been treating ourselves to this lovely crust grain-y bread ...not cheap ... but the deal is ...if we have this bread (rather than cheaper stuff) we cannot spend on other things like fancy yogurts.
And its good bread ... good wholesome stuff ... good for us ... good for our
....and ...makes scrummy cheese on toast.

The only drawback I find is the amount of seeds/grain that fall off the top of the loaf ... I collect them in a little tin ...well waste not want not.

 I mix them with a handful of Approved Food cheapie suet and put it out for the birds...
Isn't bird food getting expensive ...its costing a fortune. 
I've stopped buying the peanuts. 
I'm afraid they will have to live off staples like the rest of us ....crusts and crumbs and the odd fat ball if I can find them cheap enough.

I have a good order coming from Tesco ...I used that double your money Exchange thingy and bought a whole load of frozen veg.
Not something I have ever done before ...I don't use frozen veg as a rule ... fresh has always been readily available ....and cheap.
Remember the days when veg was used to 'fill you up' ... a good cheap standby ... I fear those days are gone.
So frozen veg it is ....its a bit cheaper ... and will bulk out the meals.
I had a good sort out of the freezer to make room for the order.  

Pulled out a few odd bags of veg I had chopped and frozen ... a couple of bits languishing in the fridge..

And made a pan of soup ....nice with a lump of that crusty bread.

How are your soup days going ... what do you find is cheap and tasty for a soup? ...I put a few lentils in with mine ... I'm afraid I always end up buying the same thing ... I fancy something different ...but I don't know what. 

And as for the cat ....well about making yourself at home!



  1. Potato and watercress soup is one of my favourites .... I love it when it kind of goes quite gloopy. I make great big pan-fulls of it and I sometimes grate some cheddar cheese into it or maybe crumble some stilton in there for a change. I love soup :-)It's what winter is all about ... that and casseroles oh yummy yum

  2. I love that you're frugal, but your meals look so delicious ... good food doesn't have to cost a fortune, and you're definitely proof of that! I like to rummage around in the fridge and make something out of what others would call nothing ....

    When I've grilled bacon or sausages I pour the fat onto breadcrumbs, suet and raisins (if it's a good week!) and put into used foil cases (the type shop bought mince pies come in ... eeeek!). These are for the birds, not us!

    Have a lovely week, and have a little look over at mine, you might just recognise Ulverston!

    Love Claire xxx

  3. I think that one of the reasons why bird food is expensive nowadays is that everyone is buying it and they have a captive market.

    Unfortunately the birds didn't eat my peanuts as there is a table next door. I put fat slabs out and the tits and other smaller birds like it.

    We have a lot of doves and magpies around here.

    We are near Risley Moss so the little birds only come occasionally, why would they when there is a beautiful area full of trees for them.

  4. I could do a whole post on feeding the birds, suffice it to say they cost more than we do, well I suspect that.
    Our Tesco double up thingys went on clothes. I am neither proud nor ashamed of this, they just did. It was fantastic to just zoomdown saying I like that, he will wear that whether he likes it or not! That was our Christmas pressies sorted.


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