A Slap on my own Wrist

Looking back over my earlier recipe posts, I’ve just proved that I’m my own worst enemy.

fed upWhen we were in the cottage, I had a major handle on what we bought and how much I cooked. We also had a freezer which made division of provisions cost-effective.
My cooking methods haven’t changed since living on the boat, apart from not baking, cooking roast dinners, making crumbles and tarts,  and we no longer own a toaster.
The main issue with our shopping is quantities available at prices we are prepared to pay. Note I say this rather than what we can afford.
cartoon shopperI wrote a little ditty the other day and confess that my portion control has sort of gone out of the window. To be honest, it’s more like left the country. 😦
For instance:
I used to divide my 500g tray of minced beef into three if not four and freeze it. Now I can only divide it into 2 and put one half in the freezer compartment in the fridge for the following day, as when we are away from the boat, we turn everything off, which includes the fridge. I have not seen a tray of minced beef weighing less than 500g, and buying it fresh from the butcher is much too expensive.
diet jokeThese days,  it’s quite difficult to find a tray of ONE chicken breast, or ONE pork chop (though 2 thin ones of a sensible weight and price is sufficient for a sweet and sour dish).
We can buy individual ready meals for less than a pound each, but quite frankly, most are tasteless or sloppy, and don’t resemble anything like the picture on the packet!
I have discovered that I can keep potatoes in small quantities for a while, so at last we don’t have to fork out almost a pound a spud when I can get 4 prepacked baking potatoes for 76p.

Now that I can see where I’ve been going wrong, I can address it.
weight jokeOnce again I am going to have to re-evaluate the way we shop, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We are afterall eating more fresh veg, and a plate of that is much better than a large portion of something and chips.
fish and chips       sausage and chipschip cone

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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2 Responses to A Slap on my own Wrist

  1. colinandray says:

    I have found that putting all “the really good stuff” into the category “occasional treat” tends to work. Things like fish ‘n’ chips and bacon ‘n’ eggs are a treat to have perhaps every few months or so. Tim Horton’s Boston Creme donuts are my weakness, but I only treat myself to one perhaps once or twice a month. We also eat a lot of veggies and have cut back on meat in general. What used to be “my size” steak on the BBQ, now does very nicely for both of us. The bottom line for me was simply to break the habits of regular donuts; fish ‘n’ chips once a week, pizza on Fridays etc. etc. Meal portion sizes have reduced and, if a snack is desired, we have fruit. It may sound kind of “no fun”, but it is surprising how much I really enjoy (e.g.)some fried bacon! That reminds me, I haven’t had any bacon since my last bacon binge… about 4-5 months ago. Must put it on the list! 🙂

    • I have a treats page in my spreadsheet and do not cheat when putting entries in it. Had a bit of a shock last year, but glad to say so far we’ve spent less each month in 2016 on that one!

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