The Dog Eats The Leftovers

The Dog Eats The Leftovers

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This Blog is meant to be a light-hearted look at how a parent as to navigate his or her way through life whilst bringing up two teenagers on a very limited income. We want to share what we have learnt and hopefully help anyone else out there struggling to make things work in a seemingly chaotic world. I don't always get it right and I am certainly not perfect.....

Cooking from scratch

FamiliesPosted by Rebecca Guillain Mon, July 06, 2015 12:33:08

I don't really want this blog to be all about food. It's just that purchasing food seems to be what I do the most and it is my biggest bill. The chips are down financially (no pun intended) and, when that has been the case in the past, food shopping is always the first to get hit. I am a little tired of TV programmes promoting the “cooking-from-scratch” and “shop well for less” idea and, much as I like Jamie Oliver, his thirty minute meals cook book required me to buy a load of equipment that I couldn't afford. To prove my point I went out and bought the ingredients to make my own pizza bases and toppings. I quite enjoyed the process of making them with Hayley and, as the photo suggests, they were full of promise.....but when they came out of the oven they had ballooned, the mozzarella was a river and there was no taste there at all. Now there are massive slices of the stuff taking up most of the fridge. I'm vegan but tried the dough and it was a bitter disappointment.


“If you are going to experiment Mum can you do it at lunch time and not at dinner. And if you do, can you warn me.” Noel suggested.

Hayley patted me on the arm “It's OK mum, you tried your best, you always do...it's just this time you didn't succeed.

Noel was bothered about the waste and said he would eat it cold later on in the evening........It's still in the fridge. I suppose I shall have to filter bits to Ollie over the next few days. He already had his eyes on it last night and wouldn't go for a pee until I'd given him a taste. He can sniff out a leftover from miles off. He's easy to please.

The home made baked beans were amazing though. Although it is cheaper to buy a tin from Aldi and, next time I shall just pop over the road to Asda and get two Pizzas for a quid each because, at least I know they will be eaten.


Now I need to find a use for a large bag of bread flour and some left over yeast. I can't even give it to my ex-husband, who is an artisan baker. He only uses organic, locally milled flour. The kids are too old for me to turn it into Play-dough.

Cutting corners is difficult. Cheaper toilet roll is useless as well.



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