Quick cook savoury rice
Soya savoury mince
Variety cereal pack
Small tins spam
Beans and sausages
Sweet and sour chicken
Pilfered (sachets from McDonalds, cafes etc when free)
Little UHT milk pots
Now before you think we lived only on junk and processed food, let me say that the above were our basics. They were easy to store and transport, and were replaced in a weekly shop if necessary.
We discovered Lidls did a variety of tinned stuff that was cheap and filling. The quality was also very good at the time, so a can of sweet and sour chicken was nearly all meat, and served with a pack of the quick cook rice made a substantial meal for the two of us. As was the chilli and meatballs. The tuna fish was mixed with instant mash to make fishcakes, which we’d then fry in the little frying pan we’d bought in Looe, and serve with beans.
The soya mince made an OK base for shepherds pie after adding an onion and Oxo and using instant mash for the topping. The spam we doubled up as ‘bacon’ in the mornings, lunchtime rolls (more practical than a loaf) or with beans and mash in the evening as the small tins were adequate for one meal. For a change from mash or rice, we’d open a tin of new potatoes, cut them up, and throw them in the frying pan.
Don’t forget, we could also eat out (PASTIES!) or buy things fresh, like sausages and bacon, using them the same day. We’d only buy eggs if we were on the same site for more than 2 days, and if the fresh fruit looked nice, we’d buy bananas, oranges and grapes from any market we visited.
We had the food aspect down to a ‘T’ and always lost weight when we were away. Guess it was because we had no TV and no biscuits/crisps/chocolate/cakes to nibble (we simply didn’t buy any) .