Thursday, 14 August 2008

Wasting Food

There is so much in the media just now about all the food that is wasted in households each week, especially here in the UK. I know that in my house with 3 growing children to feed, it can be a challenge to keep everyone satisfied on my limited budget.
My Dad visited me the other day and I was telling him about a new book I had just ordered from Amazon, I had read about it on a forum that I sometimes pop into and the title caught my attention straight away. How often have you bought a book, only to find you need to buy special ingredients that you will never use again, or equipment that you can't afford or don't have the storage space to keep.

Some people will not find a book like this useful, but so many young people can be overwhelmed with the thought of cooking and planning meals and then end up spending ridiculous amounts of money on ready meals or take away food.
I hope that by cooking as many meals from scratch that I can will inspire my children to try new foods and understand that the food we make at home is miles better than anything from a packet.

I really fancied a roast dinner the other night and made chicken, roast potatoes, boiled potatoes, and 5 different veg, fresh gravy and yorkshire pudding. It was delicious, simple and yielded enough leftovers for another meal. Making it a very inexpensive meal over all.

The book includes some weekly meal plans for Monday to Friday including the shopping list. Each week uses leftovers to create another meal. Simple I know, something many of us do without thinking, but in todays cash strapped climate it is important to help those who find this difficult to achieve. I won't be making all the recipes in the book, but have already seen some lovely things that the children would enjoy, that don't need lots of fancy ingredients or snazzy equipment.


Raquel said...

Sounds like a neat book! I find, for me, that making a meal plan a week in advance helps me a lot. Of course, we are home, so we usually have the left-overs for lunch the next day. It works out pretty well, and saves us money to boot. Much love, Raquel XO

Marie said...

I think alot of these celebrity chef's forget that the people that are watching their shows and reading their books live in the real world where budgets and constraint (especially with today's prices!) are the rule of the day rather than the exception. Personally, I would like to see more of this type of cooking!

Manggy said...

Though I'm not the primary cook in this household, I do think about these problems and how I'm not going to be able to handle it when it's my turn, haha :/
That's why I like weighing portions before cooking-- so I can gauge exactly how much I should eat and how much should stay in the freezer :)

Jan said...

I'm sorry to read that you have been feeling under the weather, I hope you are now on the mend.

This type of recipe book is great in these times of escalating food prices, we all have to watch our budgets.

Your roast dinner sounds great, I love Yorkshire puds.

Jan said...

Sounds like a great book! I often make dinners out of stuff left over. It's like a challenge to see what I can come up with!


That sounds like a neat book! I find that planning meals ahead does save some money instead of just going with whatever comes to mind. With the price of food skyrocketing, you have to be selective in what you make for dinner.