So today has been Day 4 of our Live Below the Line experience. Another sunny day – started off with porridge for all (Lizzie is coming round to the idea of porridge which is great). Ian’s breakfast includes a generous amount of sugar as Becksie still feels guilty he is out earning the money. Also a shared recycled coffee for Ian and Becksie. After Lizzie eats her porridge she munches her way through the remaining Satsuma – a careful fruit selection as Becksie wants to use the peel as a feature of dinner.
Lunch means – Leftover lentil soup for Ian with 1 slice of bread. Lizzie and Becksie have bubble and squeak made from last night’s (intentional) leftover vegetables and a slice of toast each. Lizzie has some apple and yogurt for pudding.
Today’s snacks are a leftover cuffin (sort of cake sort of muffin) and a banana for Lizzie, Ian cheese and homemade water biscuits (this recipe is a keeper) and a cheeky bit of (intentonally) left over meringue. Becksie has a tiny bit of apple.
Dinner is the remaining pheasant (and stock made from boiling the carcass) turned into…….. a curry with no spices. Grandad Gray makes a lovely very mild and sweet chicken curry with apples and sultanas (a family favourite) so this dish is modelled on that idea. We have apple and we have……… Satsuma peel! We also have wild garlic, salt and half a stock cube left, a tiny bit of sugar is added with butter leek, carrot, cauliflower, butternut squash and of course the rest of the onion.
The seeds from the butternut squash are washed covered in melted butter, a little salt is added and they are roasted. This forms sprinkles to add texture on top of the curry (we also have more for supper) which is served with wild garlic lentils, flatbreads and sort of mock mango chutney. The mock mango chutney is made by adding a little of the leftover Satsuma marmalade to a small amount of cooked chopped tomato and a little sugar (its sticky, sweet and the right colour). Garden mint is added to a tiny bit of yogurt….. we have ourselves a mock takeway. Pudding meringues and sort of custard
(milk, sugar and egg yolk)! And….. we even have enough to feed Grandad and Marmar Gray!! Amazing!
Supper – more water biscuits, cheese and marmalade. Our final pot of coffee! We have completed day 4!
Total spend (mainly due to lunch being leftovers and calculated in yesterdays costs)…… an amazing £1.47 for all 3 of us plus 2 dinner guests!
In more news still we just wanted to say thank you for bearing with us as we know this week’s blog posts have perhaps been a bit samey – normal blog service will resume shortly. As a thank you for bearing with us and to ensure our blog content remains interesting to our readers we are even taking requests. Is there an aspect of our year without supermarkets you feel we haven’t covered? Is there an aspect of our journey you would like to hear more about? Particular recipe types of crafts or things you’d like us to try? Leave us a comment and over the coming weeks we’ll do our best.