As most of you know, Chef P and I are avid fans of getting things…on sale…cheap…for a bargain…in the reduced to clear section….well, you get the picture.
Most nights on his way home, Chef P stops at the store to get various items that I may request him to get which also gives him a chance to check out the reduced to clear section (RTC). Usually by the time he gets there, the produce items have been lowered in price to a pretty good bargain. He’s gotten packs of fresh herbs for 10p, a pack of chestnut mushrooms for 26p, leeks for 30p, etc.
It really makes me wonder why more people don’t shop this way; they could save money and still eat in a healthy way. Yes, the items are on their last sale date, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be used a day or two later.
I decided to make a chicken stir fry for dinner so pulled out a couple of chicken boobs from the freezer this morning. Unfortunately, the chicken was not an RTC item, but it was still reasonably priced. I checked the fridge to see what we had in the way of veggies and pulled out a few items: Chestnut Mushrooms, Fresh Coriander, Spring Onions, Chinese Leaf, Baby Cabbage and Choi Sum (a Chinese spinach). With the exception of the spring onions, all of these items were purchased from RTC. I decided to keep track of what it cost to make dinner for the two of us.
I cut up all the veggies and the chicken along with some garlic, fresh ginger (another RTC item) and a chili pepper. I also made a sauce using a mixture of fish sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar and sugar and corn flour to thicken.
The veggies cost a grand total of £1.32
The chicken cost a grand total of £2.00
I estimated the garlic/ginger/chili at a total of £0.12
The sauce ingredients and cornflour, again an estimate of about £0.30
This brings the total of dinner to £3.77, not including the rice, which I estimate at about 10p as we bought a 10kg/22lbs. bag on the RTC and that was only £5.45.
****NEWS FLASH****NEWS FLASH****NEWS FLASH****
We interrupt this regularly scheduled program to bring you this update…
Chef P has just arrived home with a bag of goodies from the RTC. Let’s see what he got:
4 peaches @ .55p (originally £2.47)
2 mangoes @ .32p (originally £1.50)
2 bags sugar snap peas @ .25p ea. (originally £1.00)
1/2 swede (1kg!) @ .25p (originally £0.86)
1 container low fat lemon & coriander hummus @ .30p (originally £1.00)
So instead of paying £7.83, he paid £1.98…how could you possibly go wrong??
We now return you to your regularly scheduled program…..
So we’re eating a Chinese meal full of healthy veggies and chicken, no MSG and no added salt, other than what’s in the soy sauce, etc. When you order a take away/take out, you have no idea what’s in there. It’s probably loaded with MSG and salt and who knows what else.
So think twice before you pick up that phone to order out.