Each month I sit down with a pile of books and magazines and plan recipes for the weeks ahead. I don’t stick to this every month, but it does allow me to make a shopping list filled with items I need rather than shopping on a whim. It’s also a great way to try new recipes instead of getting into a rut of only making your tried and trusted favourites. I keep my list on the fridge and use it for inspiration.
I always include a few meals I can make with little effort (such as baked potatoes) and usually factor in a take away or meal out.
We don’t really eat “pudding”, there is always a fruit bowl filled with apples, bananas, pears etc. The contents depend on the season or what was on offer at the green grocer. Occasionally something will catch my eye and I’ll add it to the basket. There is usually a tub of natural yoghurt in the fridge for mixing with maple syrup, bananas or home made jam.
Mr T and I both work from home, so I need to make sure we can rustle up a quick lunch too – no nipping out for a quick sandwich allowed! We eat all the “boring” stuff; cheese on toast, tuna sandwiches, eggs.
We don’t buy “ready meals”, I like to know what’s in my food and I am happy to cook from scratch. I would rather have cheese on a baked potato than a frozen lasagne or a ready made microwave meal any day.
I have a large fridge, a small domestic freezer and a food processor. I don’t have a microwave or deep fat fryer. My kitchen is tiny, so any gadgets have to earn their place. I will admit to having 3 different coffee makers, these are considered essential items in a house full of coffee lovers!