There comes a point in everyone's life where you find yourself staring financial reality in the face, and you don't quite like what you see. For my little family that was this week, when maternity pay ran out two months before we were expecting it to.
So we need to cut our cloth a little differently, we have some well stocked cupboards, and a fairly empty freezer. Our challenge from now on is to feed ourselves for £35 a week without turning to exclusively beige foods.
Currently we average around £70 a week. We love food, not just any old food, well cooked, flavoursome, locally produced, homemade meals. Sometimes I wish we didn't when I see the prices of ready meals in the supermarket compared to a basket of fresh ingredients. A miserable day at work is immeasurably cheered by coming home to a good meal, and life is too short to miss out on the simple pleasures. I'm hoping to discover some shoestring recipes which are both healthy, tasty and cheaper than a processed dinner, and maybe meet some like-minded folk along the way. Come, lurk, follow, share ideas for how to improve the recipes, and lets get our families eating well for less.