Yesterday I bought my granddaughter Poppy a lovely coat from an 'upmarket' charity shop in Leamington Spa for £2.50, originally from Sainsbury's.
This afternoon I have made a big vegetable curry, mainly using veggies left over from Christmas, so this is almost a free meal!
I chopped and boiled some potatoes, carrots, Brussels sprouts and a cauliflower in hot water with a teaspoon of turmeric, which gives the veg a lovely colour.
In another pan I fried onions in a little oil, along with chopped garlic, and when softened I added a tablespoon of curry powder, some cumin seeds and some paprika, just because I happened to have some. To this I added chopped mushrooms and some yellow pepper. I threw in a handful of sultanas and some dried apricots. Then I added a can of chopped tomatoes and about 250ml of vegetable stock.
When the veggies in the other pan were cooked, I drained them and added them to the curry mix and stirred it all together.
This is now sitting in a pan, waiting to be eaten! I am going to serve this on a bed of rice, with low fat fromage frais on the top, along with some fresh pea-shoot salad, that I have just harvested.
I simply planted some dried peas, from the box above, in compost, a couple of weeks ago, and spread a thin layer of compost over them and kept them watered. Ta-da! A free, fresh salad in the depths of winter! If you want the full instructions on growing pea shoots, go here.
Just a little walk this morning, 1.25 miles in 30 minutes, along our local streets, as the pavements were wet, so the fields would have been really muddy. It's such a good feeling to be out walking, getting fresh air and exercise, I am feeling so much better for it, and so is Mr LFH too.
Happy New Year to you, here's to a healthy, happy, frugal 2012!