February 5, 2009 by missmegany
Okay, so we failed yesterday. By 10 and 11p. (Mac still beat me)
I think we were just overambitious.
We both had some of those cookies I made the day before (still delicious!) AND we used tempeh in our dinner (more a luxury than we realised, unfortunately)…. and a LOT of soy sauce (who knew it was so pricey!)
However, we did make enough food for 8 (!!!) so we have enough expensive leftovers to feed an army! I might ask our couchsurfers (our Aussie guests Becks and Squid–aka Becky and James) if they want to take some for lunch. That way the expensive stuff is gone and we can start again.
Started by marinading tempeh (I can’t get over how delicious it is) in soy sauce, lime juice and a little bit of chili flakes. Heated some olive oil (we ran out of vegetable oil) and cooked the matchstick carrots first, then loads of leeks (it doesn’t look like much in this picture, but trust me. There were oodles of leeks)
then some garlic, spring cabbage and red cabbage, then the tempeh (I wish I had a photo of the super-expensive-for-our-budget-but-really-not-that-pricey tempeh). Added some ginger, broth, a bunch more soy sauce and a Tbsp of lemon juice.
I’m happy that I’m getting better with my on-the-fly stirfry making. Woo-hoo!
That was made after the rice was already on and the sesame-fried swede with tomatoes was almost done, which is good because I am a huge fan of still-crunchy vegetables in my stirfry.
This is the swede while it was starting to cook (I had my doubts about it cooking fully without boiling it first, but it worked) with the sesame seeds roasting in the background:
Now, despite the HUGE overwhelming presence of lots and lots of vegetables all covered under our daily 75p of Riverford (yes, it’s not a perfect system, but hey) except for half a tin of tomatoes, the tempeh and soy sauce were just too pricey.
and here is the breakdown of our dinner:
30p garlic (organic)
81p soy sauce
9p lime juice
30p olive oil
£5.73 total (excluding vegetables)
72p per serving (3 of us eating dinner, 5 set aside for leftovers!)
Add to that:
Breakfast: 19p for two slices of local bakery bread and organic jam – Mac had breakfast!
At work: tea 4p, 2 cookies 13p
Lunch: 24p – leftover chana masala and rice
Grand total, £2.11 for Megan and £2.10 for Mac.
We discussed a bit what to do since we went over our limit. We didn’t come to any real conclusion. Mac thinks we should just carry on, and that the fact that we’ve been under this week should make up the difference. I don’t really think that should count, and I wonder if we should make up a day. We haven’t decided. Any thoughts would be appreciated.