Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Food shopping - a necessary evil!

I squeezed in a food shop this morning. I went early thinking it would be better, but the shelves weren't properly stocked so a) it took me longer because I had to keep asking for stuff from the stores and b) they didn't have everything I needed! Very frustrating, especially as I try to go shopping as rarely as possible - I dislike shopping and if I'm not in the shops, I can't be spending money!!
Still £88 later and enough food for another 7 days of meals for six people. I have also restocked the larder with sugars and flours.

Next weeks menu:

  • Tomato risotto
  • Quick bean and cabbage soup
  • Sesame-roasted tofu and root veg bake
  • Squash and coconut curry
  • Warm winter salad with home made onion bread, followed by  chai latte rice pudding
  • Bengali butternut squash
  • Toad-in-the-hole (youngest daughter's birthday meal request)

My gluten free, vegan bake this week is Coffee and Date slices.

The lady in the till did remark on the fact that I was buying 4 butternut squash!! I had to give her a full run down on all the ways we eat them!

Last weekend I made a large bloomer to go with the soup on Saturday and flavoured it with rosemary. Not gluten free I'm afraid - I had become VERY cross the night before trying to make GF flatbreads. The GF flour just doesn't behave like normal flour!! I gave myself a break and used normal bread flour for my loaf so I knew that my efforts would be successful!
Having said that the GF baking is going well so far. Here is this week's offering - Chocolate and macadamia brownies. Lovely warmed with soy vanilla yoghurt!


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