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