November ninety – twenty days down, ten to go!Posted: November 20, 2013 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Christmas pudding, frugal, November Ninety, public transport, Vegan Leave a comment
I’ve done enough extra work for the month to stop January looking too bad now. This afternoon I did five extra hours in a lovely warm building, but it was over 2 1/2 miles from the morning job, uphill, so I got a bus there (and a lift back). The £1.50 spent on the fare was all I spent today, so I carry £1.57 over to tomorrow.
I took potato salad to work, along with nuts, bananas and clementines. I was really wanting chocolate today but that will have to wait until tomorrow when I will be turning another of the lurking Christmas puddings into chocolate-nut-fruit slab pudding (catchy recipe title, eh?) to take to the dinner I’m invited to. I’m looking forward to dinner out, as the best thing I can say about what I ate this evening is that it wasn’t terrible considering it was mostly leftovers and contained a large proportion of cabbage and split peas.
£100 challenge – day twenty-sixPosted: October 26, 2013 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: £100 challenge, baking, Christmas pudding, dilemma, frugal, Leicester, mini oven, thrifty, UK 1 Comment
Big, exciting news, everyone! Are you ready?….. wait for it….
I finally cracked open one of the four Christmas puddings that have been sitting in my cupboard since January!
And the crowd goes wild! They didn’t expect that!
Yeah, sorry, my life is pretty boring at the moment. Instead of steaming the whole thing for hours when there’s no way I can get through 400+ grams of pudding in one go, and the packaging says not to reheat it, I just cut a couple of slices, lightly oiled my cast iron frying pan and put them on a medium heat for a few minutes each side. Sure, they were a bit chewier than Christmas pudding generally is, but I just drowned them in sauce (which included leftover chestnut and leftover pumpkin pie filling). Yum yum.
No spending again today. I’m still on £67.79 at the moment, but my oven has gone peculiar in the last few days, taking a very long time to come up to anything near baking temperature. I’ve been wanting a toaster/mini oven for years, especially just to heat a beanburger or two – obviously turning on a full size oven to do that is pretty wasteful. Now I’m thinking that if I carry over £30 to next month that can go towards something halfway decent – I’ve seen some “rotisserie” mini ovens around fifty quid, but they also come with shelves, and have a grill/broiler function, which I don’t currently have in my oven even when it’s working properly. It’d be nice to have the ability to brown the tops of things!
So, say I get the mini oven. That’s £20 from next month’s £90 straight away. Another £22ish for the dentist leaves me with £48. I also really want to go to another gig, which is going to be another £12ish. There are also Christmas fairs I’ve said I’m going to. My mother has pointed out to me (and this had genuinely escaped my attention!) that I’ll probably want to buy Christmas presents at these fairs. Even if there’s only a tenner’s worth of stuff from a fair that leaves less than £30 for food, and cupboards are noticeably emptier now, though I do still have a lot of gluten-free flour I bought to experiment with, pumpkin, squash and onions. Plus three and a bit Christmas puddings, of course.
Maybe I just cook everything on the stovetop for a while, eh?
Finally, here’s a leaf I found on my way into town some time back. I didn’t tamper with it, it was this shape when I spotted it. Pretty, huh?