Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Making the most of the food we have...

Hi everyone!

A quick post to let you know that I have started to look at what I have in my cupboards and use it up before it is too far out of date.

I had some pastry in the fridge that needed using up before it past it's use by date, so I made a treacle tart. I used porridge oats that have just gone out of date and golden syrup that has been open for a while. I rolled out the pastry and baked it for 10 mins. I added the oats and syrup and baked it. A simple pudding that used up bits and bobs that needed using. A few years ago I would have thrown all of those ingredients away because of the dates.

Yesterday we had roast chicken, roast potatoes, stuffing, roast parsnips, cheesy leeks, sprouts, carrots, broccoli and gravy. I made my easy chocolate mousse because we had a guest for tea, Auntie Harriet. My son, Ashley works until midnight so she spends her evenings alone. It's something we should do more often, especially when we have a casserole which can easily be stretched to feed another.

Tonight I shall be using up the bacon I have opened, so I will be looking through my thrifty recipes later. My meals will be planned around what needs using up. I really cannot afford to be throwing anything away now. There is still some treacle tart and chocolate mousse to finish off for pudding.

My Christmas food shop will be complete by this evening (MY OH is going straight from work). The list is short, but the queues will be long!

I've done some wrapping, using paper left over from last year. I've only bought one roll of pooh bear paper for Daisy's main present etc. I recycle cards by making them into tags, so don't buy these either. More wrapping will be done later and cards written.

I'm getting there!

Thanks for reading and thank you for the comments left on my last post,

Mandy xxx


  1. Oh yes, I was cutting up last year's cards to make labels only yesterday. It's about the only Xmas "job" I like doing actually! xx

    1. I've been doing this since I was a child. I love Christmas baking usually, but haven't done any this year! Not very thrifty, I know.

      Lovely to hear from you Loo xxx