Thursday, 28 July 2011

Storecupboard Challenge - Third and final week

My third and final storecupboard challenge and this week is the cheapest yet at £31.53 for 7 dishes for the whole week for a family of 4. I am really pleased with this as all 7 dishes are going to be delicious, wholesome and homecooked and in my opinion (for what it is worth) supports the idea that you can not only eat cheaply but eat some fantastic and varied dishes on a tight budget. The recipes are simple to make and it all boils down to choices - you can choose to eat well or not. I have shown that over the past 3 weeks that you can make 23 dishes for around £100 and that equates to £4.30 per dish or £1.08 per person.
I am generally not a fan of supermarkets but if your budget is tight and you stick to your list then you can get good quality, fresh ingredients at a low price (today I went to Adsa). I love my local market and my next 'challenge' will be to make some comparisons between the two.

This is more or less what I will be cooking over the next 7 days:

Thai fishcakes

Chicken with tarragon / Chicken spanish style

Roast stuffed breast of lamb with roasted vegetables

Spaghetti with arriabiata sauce

Courgette frittata / Courgette carbonnara

Summer vegetable soup

Pasta with chorizo, mushrooms and peas

plain flour
salt and pepper
sunflower oil for frying
marigold vegetable stock
olive oil

All of the above I bought a while ago and still have plenty of them

Storecupboard items
Pasta (1kg) x 2 - 73p (500g penne and 500g spaghetti)
Chopped tinned tomatoes (400g) x 2 - 31p for basics, 59p for own brand and 98p for Napolina
Bread, unsliced (800g) - £1.20
Thai red curry paste - £1.21
Tinned salmon (400g) - £1.58
Rice (500g) - 54p
Canellini beans (tinned, 400g x 2) - 88p

Total: £6.76

Fruit and veg items
Herbs (coriander) £1.07
Thyme - 65p
Tarragon - 65p
Onions - 34p (2)
Garlic - 30p (clove)
Carrots - 65p (1kg)
Courgettes (3) - £1.00
Brocolli - 87p
Butternut squash - 84p (95p per kilo)
Spring onions - 83p
New potatoes - 94p
Mushrooms (organic, 250g) - 87p
Mixed peppers (3) - £1.00
Leek (1 small) - 39p

Total: £10.40

Fridge items
- Parmesan (pecorino) - £2.00 (250g)
Cream - 95p (300ml)
Eggs (15) - £1.50 (free range)
Whole chicken (medium) - £3.50 (standard, medium)
Chorizo sausage (cooking) - £1.96
Frozen peas (907g) - 85p
Frozen broad beans (500g) - £1.00
Lamb (new season, breast of) - £2.61

Total: £14.37

Basket Total: £31.53 (basics)

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