On Saturday, my lovely husband went to the butchers in town and bought quite a lot of meat. We have two butchers in our village, but these are really expensive (probably worth it for the quality and service) and we cannot afford their prices now. This is what he came home with:
- 3 chicken breasts
- 5lb minced beef
- 15 sausages
- 1lb diced pork
- 2lb diced braising steak
- 4 lamb pieces (for casseroles)
- 45 rashers of back bacon
I divided these all up (into the freezer) to try to get as many meal opportunities as possible from them. The chicken will make 2 meals, mince - 10, sausages - 3, diced pork - 2, diced beef - 4, lamb - 2, and the bacon - 8. There are 3 adults to feed. In recent times, we would have eaten a chicken breast each but now we will eat half because I will stretch it in a curry or something. I only use half a pound of mince or diced meat for casseroles per meal now. I split the bacon so it could be either used for a fry-up or in a recipe. I have got lots of cheap and filling recipes that use very little bacon.
So far, we have eaten half a pound of mince - we had spag bol for tea last night and there was plenty. This meat will last over a month, but my challenge is to see just how many meals I can get from it. We have been eating far too much meat and I want to introduce more non- meat days. We are greedy and have too much on our plates! I intend to concentrate on filling the plate with vegetables or salad and reducing our meat intake.
Another issue is Daisy-May, she isn't keen on lumps or a thicker puree yet. I have been relying on jars too much lately because I have been ill and just too tired. This is not ideal for her health and development or our pocket!!! She needs protein and we want her to eat our meals. I have bought some baby stock cubes because oxo is way too salty for her, so now I can give her our meals just cooked without the little bits I add for flavour. I have made her spag bol before and it tasted bland, but not to Daisy, because she hasn't experienced all the flavours that are bad for us that I have! I read an interesting book last night, written by Gina Ford. It came free in a pregnancy magazine last year. I feel clearer now about why Daisy was waking up in the night for feeds (twice a night). The last 3 nights she has slept from 10.30 to 6.30 and that is fine by me! We had started to give her a protein tea and baby cereal for supper at about 8pm. Last night she fell asleep with her bottle at 7.30 after her bath and only had half a milk feed at 10.00. She did stir at 2am but went back to sleep with her lullaby. After reading this book, I'm convinced that she hasn't had enough filling food throughout the day until now. The book suggests a protein lunch and carbohydrate tea, so we will be carrying on with our new routine - it works!
Daisy-May is lactose intolerant (as was her mummy) so feeding her is a challenge in itself! She has wysoy milk but will only tolerate 4oz at a time, even though she is 7 months old! She was premature and apparently this is ok for her as she still has a little tummy. According to her milk powder tin, she weighs the same as a 4 month old, no surprise as she is wearing 3-6 month clothing and still some 0-3. She is our 'dinky Daisy' but she is growing and developing and very happy! She just needs to be fed all day.
Another challenge faced by me has been the laundry. The good drying weather (it's so windy here today) has meant that I am up-to-date with the washing, but created the hugest ironing pile! Yesterday I tackled it but in bits because obviously Daisy doesn't want to watch grandma iron all day. I may finish it later???
I'll be back soon...