Hello Campers and welcome to Wednesday!
What a beautiful morning it has been down here in the Garden of England! It was rather cool
and crisp when we got up at 5:00am. The sun finally showed its bright face later on in the morning and it has been pleasantly warm, yet cool. Autumn has definitely arrived; in fact I was almost tempted to put the heat on this morning! Instead, I’ve now got a long sleeved top on and a cardigan and I’m quite comfy.
The kitties too, are all enjoying the warmth of the sun as they are all in their favorite sunny spots, snoozing.
On Monday, Chef P stopped at the store on his way home and checked out the Reduced to Clear section, as he always does. He called to ask me if I wanted any plums, but I still have a few left to turn into something yummy, so told him not to bother.
When he got home a little while later, he came in with a big grin on his face and said ‘Wait until you see what I found in RTC!’
This has got to be one of the best bargains he’s ever found, even better than herbs for 5p. Out of the bag, he pulls a whole salmon. Now as some of you may know, we often find whole salmon at reduced prices so this was nothing new…until I saw how much he paid for it.
The normal price was £8.00/kg and had been reduced/rolled back to half price; £4.00/kg. The salmon weight was 1.896 kg, so you figure almost £8.00. Ah, but remember, this was at an even lower and reduced price. Take a look….
Do you believe this?? £1.50 for a WHOLE SALMON! Woo hoo! At the normal price, it would have been £15.16.
So yesterday I scaled it and cut off its darling head and fins and filleted it, removed all the pin bones and cut it up into 10 serving pieces and frozen. All the bits I cut off get thrown into a pot and boiled, then I pick out all the meat and freeze it to use for fish cakes later. The remaining bits get thrown out back and then all the seagulls come down to have a feast. Not one bit of this fish (except the bones) gets wasted and we can get a few meals out of it.
So let’s see what dinner cost last night (plus leftovers for Chef P’s lunch)…..
3 pieces salmon = 45p, 1/2 of an RTC cabbage = 18p, egg noodles, home made (200g flour, 2 eggs) = 23p, incidental condiments (olive oil, salt & pepper, butter) = 25p
So for a grand total of £1.11 or .37p a serving, we ate salmon and home made egg noodles. OK, so it wasn’t very fancy, but we had a decent meal!
I don’t want to hear anyone say they can’t eat well on a budget. You can if you know where the bargains are.