Yesterday's bread making was not a complete success! The rolls did not rise and were not really edible. The loaf was better but several comments made along lines of ' is that the only bread we have in the house'? I have gone to Joe's today and stocked up on our usual loaves!! Hopefully I can persuade the rest of the family to finish my handcrafted loaf first! Or it may be made into croutons for some soup which I am making for friends this pm! Would be good if I could find a use for the rolls.... The recording of 'The Kitchen Cabinet' was really enjoyable. Jay Rayner was a great host and the panel laid back and fun! I had never listened to it before but will now fit it into my Radio Four fix! Sharpham Farm talked about their spelt flour, which I am tempted to try but not before I have worked my way through my growing cupboard of different flours! I didn't manage to save money today, due to walking past some of my favourite Glos Rd shops.. Licata and the Vietnamese supermarket. I could not resist buying a few things. I need stronger will power to keep my food spending under control!
9 May 2014
8 May 2014
Well I have been really bad at posting and keeping to my challenge but after making some bread and rolls, I felt I could justify another post! My challenge really started this week following two events! I was inspired by a wonderful lunch made by FareShare on Friday last week, to reduce my food waste. Then on Monday I heard the wonderful Ken Hom being interviewed on Radio 4's Food programme and he expressed concern about food waste too!. On Tuesday I set about planning our family's meals with minimising food waste and reducing expenditure in mind. Easy when you have a plan! Tuesday's meal was a stir fry in honour of Ken! Tofu bought cheaply from a Chinese store on Gloucester Road. Wednesday's meal used left overs from Monday plus some soup made with veg I already had in. As my younger daughter has recently decided not to eat meat, tonight's meal will be lentil Bolognese and Friday's will be Jack Monroe's Sicilian style sardines with pasta and green beans. I have had phases of planning meals in the past but now feel I will stick to doing this as it is the only way of reducing our spiralling food expenditure plus it makes me use up what I already have in our cupboards. Off to listen to Radio 4's Kitchen Cabinet this evening.. Will this be a source of more inspiration?
1 May 2014
I am really looking forward to Bristol Food Connections and already have a few events in my diary! It's so great to have so many wonderful food related events going on in Bristol. My main challenge is to try and spend less on food but to continue to eat nutritional meals! I have just been given Jack Monroe's cookery book as a present and am going to try some of her recipes. ( I had booked to see her at the festival of ideas but sadly she has cancelled her talk). As part of my pledge to eat more economically, I am going to try and cut down on food waste as well!