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I’ve baked cake. I never bake cake.

Today I baked my first cake.  All that weighing, measuring and timing is a bit regimented for my kind of cooking so I’m on a high. Three tins of pears have been lurking in that cupboard for god knows how long. Let’s just say I shall not be telling my samplers their sell by date. I had to buy the baking powder, brown sugar and vanilla essence (extra store cupboard ingredients) but my defense is that they will enable me to use up other store cupboard ingredients. It was bloody delicious and I am feeling proud I am learning a new skill. Thank you http://foodapparel.com/pear-cake/ for the recipe.

pear cake ingredientsPear upside down cake

Store Cupboard Ingredients Used Today

  • 2 tins of pears
  • Plain flour
  • Caster sugar
  • Oil
  • 1 egg
  • Salt

Food in Fridge

  • Butter
  • Milk

Food Expenditure

  • Brown sugar – £1.39
  • Vanilla flavouring – 89p
  • Baking powder – 73p
  • Total Expenditure – £3.01

PS- I forgot to mention dinner. That was courtesy of my good mother. I went round for a visit and she fed us.


Puy Lentils

OK. It’s day three and I’m still doing this. I’m going to move out of my comfort zone and cook something I wouldn’t really think of making. Puy Lentils. I googled and pinterestered and the only thing that tickled my fancy was this http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1708/lincolnshire-sausage-and-lentil-simmer. There were a lot of salads in that search which did not interest me. It is December after all. But sausages, now that’s my kind of food. Plus they are cheap. My local butcher is the business.He drives a Porsche FFS! There’s no threat from the big supermarkets to Stanley’s trade and that’s for sure. Really good quality meat. He’s the man to know – everyone likes him and he knows all his customers by their first name… except me…. I am in there at least three times a week.  I get ‘Darling,’ ‘Sweetheart’, ‘Love’, and even asks about the baby if he’s not in tow. I have even paraded in with my work badge on willing him to call me by my name but to no avail. I’ll know I have made it in the neighbourhood once Stanley knows my name.


Store Cupboard Ingredients used today

  • Puy lentils
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • White wine vinegar
  • Oil
  • Onion
  • Garlic

Food in Fridge

  • Parsley
  • Rosemary

Food Expenditure

  • Stanley’s pork and leek sausages – £2.35
  • Smoked bacon lardons – £1
  • Total expenditure – £3.35

So Here It Is.


So here it is in all its glory. I tidied it up a bit. Just to check out what was in there of course. Where do I start? Well, there’s a lot of rice and a lot of flour. Not the good stuff that all the chefs advise you to use, not even strong bread flour, just plain flour, but there’s dry yeast in there too so there will be some form of bread, pizza dough, gnocchi or pasta at some stage. I found four tins of tomato soup. Now three. I had a tin for lunch to make amends for yesterday’s blip. A full bag of polenta (haven’t a clue how to make it from scratch but I shall endeavor to learn), Quinoa, made it once, totally unimpressed.. Please feel free to change my mind and suggest a recipe. A bag of black turtle beans??? Dried marrow fat peas. Soup mix (is this exclusive to Northern Ireland?), Barley, originally for soup but i think I’ll try and make a risotto type thing with it. Puy lentils, red lentils, chick peas and gram flour (I’ll have the Hare Krishnas round some night), egg noodles and Supernoodles will feature some time too. Strangely the tinned macaroni cheese was not there (my husband’s guilty pleasure, he’s ate it all). On the upside I have an extensive spice selection. So here’d hoping there shall be some great dishes to come. Checking out the cupboard was pretty enjoyable. I ‘m looking forward to this culinary journey.

Tonight I kept it simple. A family favourite. Mushroom risotto


Store cupboard ingredients used today

  • 1 tin of tomato soup
  • Aborio rice
  • 2 chicken stock cubes
  • 1/2 bag of dried mushroom

Food in Fridge

  • Parmesan
  • butter
  • glass of white wine

Food expenditure

  • Chestnut mushrooms – £1
  • Parsley- 89p
  • Milk -79p
  • Onions- £1
  • Butter -79p
  • Bread – £1
  • Total = £ 5.47