A Little Update

update 6Well it’s nearly been a week and already we miss blogging but it is also nice to not have the (self-created pressure) of daily blogs! Firstly we must say a HUGE thank you to everyone who sent us such lovely comments and emails. We were truly overwhelmed by your kindness and so touched by people saying they would miss our daily blogs. We are also thrilled that after reading what we consider our ramblings some folk have changed their shopping habits or also gone supermarket free! Wow! This gives us (and hopefully you) hope that you really can change the world from your living room!!

update 5So what have we been up to? Have we been to a supermarket? Well…… We’ve been up to lots and…. no we haven’t been to a supermarket. We seem to have had a busy week and already we are unsure how for a whole year we managed to blog every single day! So what have we been busy doing? update 7Becksie has been sewing and out and about doing her voluntary work and WI bits and pieces and of course looking after the smallest member of our team. Ian has had another busy week at work and Lizzie has been super busy being uber cute and amazing!update 4

Whats really interesting is that Becksie who usually LOVES cooking has found it hard work this week – perhaps she is taking the blogging rest to include cooking! Despite that we have eaten lots of tasty meals which as requested by some readers we will list in a moment. We are amazed that people are interested in what we have for tea as we would imagine this to be uninteresting but…… here goes  – sausage and mash with cabbage, carrots and sweetcorn, homemade leek and potato soup and homemade focaccia, , homemade meatballs (using some of Jane from Dews Meadow farm awesome pork and apple burgers) in an italian sauce (using our tomato sauce) with rice, fishcake and homemade chips and Lizzie’s favourite peeeeeeeeeereeaaasssss (always shouted) and last night a quick lamb tagine type thingy ma bob with spinach and sweetcorn rice. Tonight’s tea cooked by Ian…….. beans on toast!

update 9Our shopping was done at Faringdon farmers market and the lovely Hare in the Woods deli. We did allow ourselves a trip to a local bargain shop where we bought beans and a few other tins and….., a box of Rice Krispies – to make….. Krispie cakes!!! update 10Can not wait to do this! It was odd shopping there but we feel it still isn’t a supermarket and as we keep telling ourselves we have finished our year after all. So a total spend of £34.98 – don’t worry we had plenty of vegetables in stock already so have not gone vitamin deficient hehe.

update 3We had a little article in the Oxford Mail yesterday which is exciting – we had a call to say the photographer was coming within the hour so we had to do an emergency tidy (you know ram stuff in cupboards type tidy) and at the last second change Lizzie out of the PJ and tutu combo she had been wearing since playing ballet with mummy in her bedroom. And then today a lovely lady called Katie knocked on the door to tell us we were on P33 of The Times! To say we were excited was an understatement – double triple eekk! We feel really proud of this achievement along with our features in other papers and of course on Radio 4 – all we need now is an interview on the Jeremy Vine show (this is Becksie’s dream – she loves Mr. Vine).update 8

We have been thinking about whats next for us and so far nothing has struck as a ‘good’ idea (this is a dangerous time – we could decide on anything hehe) so we will for a while longer rest (our version of resting). We are hoping to share some recipes soon and perhaps a few more thoughtful thoughts so stay tuned and thank you once again for your support.


20 thoughts on “A Little Update

  1. Hello, read The Times today and spotted the lovely Pugh family! So pleased you’re well, sounds like you’ve been hit by the “when I retired moment” and wondered how I had time to ever go to work. Have a lovely week, look forward to hearing from you when you’re ready.hugs for that lovely little girl!

  2. Oh so pleased you are surviving without the supermarket!….I saw the article online for The Oxford Mail and thought it was great…a real family of superstars!!…Im sure you will keep us updated as and when you feel like it but Im very impressed with the long blog and lovely photos….Becksie I think you must just be addicted to blogging!!…hugs to Lizzie….next project???…you could always teach Ian to cook!!!

  3. I saw The Times article too and thought it was really good. I think you did a brilliant job for a whole year, and I learnt loads, not just about cooking. I loved the ‘make a dress’ idea for people abroad and will do that, I got one of those fab lolly makers and love that! I’m going to try making some cucumber lollies tomorrow, I’ve got a soft cucumber and love the taste so I thought if I blitz it in the food processor & freeze it, it might be lovely!

    I too loved your recipes and look forward to reading more, I didn’t discover you at first so probably missed loads and now I have a lovely little notebook to write them in too. The Skint Foodie is a good source of tasty stuff too!

  4. Read the article…very nice. Am happy to see today’s blog and know you are well and happy and busy. Would love to see more updates from you when possible. Sending hugs to all of you.

  5. I have read your blog for awhile now, and we have now decided to go supermarket free, it will be a struggle as we live 17 miles from the market,

  6. Great to see a post from you 🙂 I still maintain you should go vegetarian for a week – there’s a lot of meat in that list there! Happy to supply a week’s worth of recipes, with not a gram of Quorn or tofu in sight!

    • Thank you but we actually quite often eat vegetarian, there is ‘a lot’ of meat but 2 of the 7 meals were vegetarian, one fish – the meat balls used 1 burger between 3 of us and the lamb was half of what the butcher deemed as 2 portions when we bought it. We enjoy eating meat and have got to know our meat suppliers (have even seen the pigs on the farm) so we may eat meat ‘a lot’ but we make a little go along way and therefore don’t feel we are doing badly. Sorry to not agree with you – a veggie week wouldn’t be a challenge its just that we like meat and after all to look at it another way we are supporting local meat producers and helping them to make their income in what are very hard times when the supermarket sells meat so cheaply!

  7. Well done guys! Excited to think that you are now celebrities -‘has anyone asked for your autographs yet?! You’ve done an amazing job and have inspired us all, so thank you!

  8. You all have done a excellent job …. Proud to know you all ….. Little Lizzie is a STAR …. Hugs from Bill and Val xxxxxx

  9. I eat meat, too, but not much- a little goes a long way. I’d rather put the meat budget into quality rather than quantity. We have a wonderful butcher who always displays the breeds of his meat and the farm where we’re reared. I got 2 wild ducks yesterday from a village butcher (Norfolk has lots of wild birds at the butchers all winter ) ; I will strip them so they should do us quite a lot of meals. Yum, yum.
    Thank you so much for your commitment to the blog over the last year: I have enjoyed it all, learned a.lot and have firmed up my dislike of mega-selling. Local is the way to go.
    Pajamas and tutu- love it!

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