I’ve been working on the menu plans now I am full steam
ahead with the veg box and Tesco decision.
I will normally update this post type on a Thursday, but this week it’s
Friday seen as though we’re just getting going. Veg is delivered on a Wednesday, each
week. Items delivered will be seasonal
and I’m working a menu plan based on the delivery contents instead of shopping
to the menu plan.
Wednesday veg box cost £26.27 and contained:
Veg box (£13.50) contents: Milk, cheese, cream, salad bag, tomatoes,
plums, oranges, bananas, sweet peppers, new potatoes, onions, broad beans,
In addition to the Standard Box I bought:
1 x RAW MILK 1ltr (Emma's Dairy) £1.50
1 x SEMI-SKIMMED MILK 2ltr (Emma's Dairy) £1.79
1 x SKIMMED MILK 2ltr (Emma's Dairy) £1.79
1 x CREAM - DOUBLE 500ml Acorn £2.02
1 x RED LEICESTER CHEESE (Lye Cross Farm) 245gm £3.27
Plus delivery of £2.40.
The menu plan to use these lovely items is as follows:
Wednesday - Slow cooker beef with veg patch and veg box
veg and mashed potato. Leftovers – make pie and freeze/use mash in potato
Thursday - 12 egg frittata with bacon tomato &
cheese, potato cake, salad (veg box) and veg patch radish with salad
cheese. Leftovers – Lunch on Friday/after
Friday – Veg plot cauliflower cheese soup followed by veg
box broad bean, Feta & Spinach Pie with veg box salad
Saturday - Bacon & Egg buns/Sausage buns, meal out
(not takeaway and once in a blue moon!) with visiting family on night but home
for pudding of strawberry shortcake with extra thick double cream. Saturday extras - Make
quiche/flapjacks/meringue/shortcake & sweet potato soup.
Sunday - Diced beef in gravy, veg patch peas if any, veg
patch cauliflower, broccoli & cabbage with veg box carrots & new
potatoes. Use onions in gravy. Strawberry shortcake if any left or
strawberries with meringue (made Saturday) and cream.
Monday - Shakshuka with sausages served on plain
flatbread or with pittas (never made this before, looks yum).
Tuesday - Slow cooker chicken curry with rice and naan
The plums will be eaten fresh and also used in a chicken,
leek and plum pie for the freezer/coming meal. The cheese, milk and cream will be used in
some of the above meals, breakfast and in general everyday use.
In addition to the veg box, every Friday I will get my
Tesco delivery of fresh items that The Organic Pantry don’t sell. Each week I need food to cover the weekend’s guests
that drop in (bacon, cakes to be made etc), my daughter’s packed lunch items
for the coming week (son doesn’t have them), the weekly basics and top ups of
items that have ran out such as flour, treacle, toilet roll etc. Today’s Tesco shop includes:
6 small pork pies - £2
1kg Jam sugar * 2 £4.16
Sweet potatoes 5 –
Apple juice cartons * 2 packs £1.6 (check as coming up as
Rolls * 12 £1
2.5kg potatoes £2
Oats 1kg £0.75
220g Cherry tomatoes £1.50
600ml dbl cream £1.5
30 pack shreadded wheat £2.18
Bubble bath (Christmas hampers) £1 each * 2
Shortcrust pastry £1.50 (Yes, I know).
8 pack Blue ribands £1.69
Lunchbox malt loaf singles £1.35
Mixed fresh peppers £0.85
Tuna 4 pack * 2 £4.98
Choco snaps * 3 for offer £3 check this too
More bananas £0.90
Mild cheddar stick £1
Baking butter £0.85
Carrots (horses) £0.45
Squeezy yoghurts * 2 pack £2
This allows me to put together 5 packed lunches for
Grace, afterschool snacks (pork pies, yoghurts), breakfasts for all of us for
the week, soup basics and some quiches for my lunch/teas.
If you’ve managed to get to the end of this post without
falling asleep, I salute you. I would
like to say, to avoid any comments that may question it. Yes the veg box scheme and milk is more
expensive than going to Aldi or Tesco.
Yes I could save more money buying the same items in there. No I don’t want to do that. However we do have a budget and we stick to
it. We want to be able to eat locally
and seasonally whilst supporting as many local businesses as possible. This helps us and does my part for them too. Ideally we want to be self-sufficient but
know that we can’t be entirely due to our lifestyle of having to work (for
now). This is a big learning curve for
us here on our smallholding and we are embracing every minute of it. Happy Friday everyone :) xx
PS some pics of how things are coming along. I will post about them in another post but I don't like non picture posts, especially on a Friday!
|This is the muck heap I threw the old supermarket potatoes in that were destined for the bin/compost otherwise and they're growing!!|
|Eating or cooking? No idea.|
|More apples, eating or cooking I don't know.|
|A redcurrant bush hiding at the back of the orchard which seems to be thriving well on its own!|
|Our first harvested onion :) We also had potatoes but they went too quick to get a photo.|
|Aren't they growing? Adorable!|
|I was being spied on by the neighbouring cows when letting the ducks out this morning.|