This is the first post/first attempt at a post from a new Blogger app. Google appear to have abandoned their IOS blog users and haven't updated their app for several years. After much reading of reviews, I settled on Blog Touch Pro. It wasn't free and, at £4.99, it wasn't cheap, but it does look much more like the Blogger web interface than the Blogger app did. And I can add photos, etc, which I can't do using the the Blogger web interface via Safari. Here's one from Lucky, taken a couple of weeks back when I was commuting out to the far reaches of Oxfordshire:
I think he was being a little optimistic with his range estimate - he usually does about 500 miles before screaming "Thirsty!". (After 120.8 miles, I'd expect him to claim a range of about 400 miles.)
One of the websites I frequent is MoneySavingExpert. A couple of weeks ago, their weekly newsletter had a give-away/competition: win a copy of somebody's new cookbook full of £1 meals. Sounds great! Just the sort of cookbook that I'd enjoy reading and stealing ideas from. Until I read the small print on the blurb at the back of the book.... Each portion of food costs £1. Then I saw red.
Let me spell it out to you. Since your average recipe makes four portions of a meal, that means each recipe actually cost £4. Not £1.
It was a book of £4 dinners, not £1 dinners. On the basis of this book, any fool can make a beef chilli, using supermarket standard ingredients and have spent less than £1 per portion. Hell, I can do it using beef from my (expensive) Kosher butcher and have cash left over. Talk about misleading marketing! Some poor person, who is struggling to make ends meet, will buy that book based on the title and the fact that it was mentioned in MSE's newsletter. Instead of getting something that will actually help them save money, they'll just get a cookbook full of all the recipes that don't involve roast dinners.
So in the spirt of "beat them at their own game", I have decided to publish a series of very cheap-to-cook recipes, tagging them as <£2dinners. Here is the first. The cost of each item is in brackets after its listing. All items are supermarket cheapest, "value" own-brand. Bread and Cheese Pudding.
Serves 4. Total cost £1.89
Four slices of bread, cut in half diagonally (5p)
325g can sweet corn kernels, drained (35p)
200g can tuna, drained (65p)
2 eggs (12p each = 24p)
250ml milk (25p)
75g mature cheddar cheese, grated (35p)
Preheat oven to 200C.
Layer the bread, tuna and sweet corn in a lasagne dish, so that the bread points stick up and each slice of bread has some tuna and corn between it and the next one.
Scatter over the grated cheese.
In a measuring jug, combine the eggs and the milk and whisk until well combined. Add a grind or two of black pepper.
Pour the egg mixture over the bread.
Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the egg mixture has set.
(As an aside, Blogger's reluctance to update their App is really beginning to wind me up. I'm writing this on my iPad, via the web browser. Uploading the photo for today's post was a nightmare.)
It's Pam's car here, Lucky, borrowing the blog. I've been trying to get onto it for ages but the Blogger app no longer works on iPads or iPhones and Pam hasn't gone anywhere near Blogger on a PC for ages.
Anyway, I just wanted to share why I'm a Lucky car. It's not just that Pam calls me "Lucky" (a play on the first two digits of my registration number), or that she takes good care of me - she even pats my "nose" (the Skoda badge on the top of my grill) - it's because of this:
Yes, that's right: all the eights. A very lucky number to the Chinese. Having made it to 88,888 miles, that makes me a very lucky car!
Sandrine by Bonne Marie Burns, in Wensleydale Longwool Sheepshop DK, in the Denim colourway. The wool is lovely; the pattern is really badly written and I have frogged/partially frogged it several times. Please read my notes on Ravelry before you attempt to make this sweater.
Based on the original 1941 Clothing Rations, I have 66 coupons to spend plus the 6 I saved from last year, so 72 in total. I’m not doing the challenge alone - several ladies from the Old Style Board at MoneySavingExpert are doing it too: https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/discussion/6413555/2023-fashion-on-the-ration-challenge
Books I can't live without
A Stitch in Time - both the original by Jane Waller and the re-workings by Susan Crawford (Volumes 1 and 2)
Anything (and everything) written by Terry Pratchett - on CD as well as in paper
Complete Tightwad Gazette, by Amy Dacyczyn - the frugalista's bible
Indian Restaurant Cookbook, by Pat Chapman
Knitting in Vogue, by Christina Probert, Volumes 1 & 2 - They're collections of Vogue Knitting patterns from the 1930s to 1980's, published in 1982. My sourcebook for period knitting patterns.