I've thought about taking part in this challenge before, and indeed, I thought about it again this year - however, for various reasons I've decided against. Firstly - we prefer (and this is not intended to be in any way contentious) to donate to UK based charities. The current situation with an awful lot of the aid that goes overseas from this country is that too much of it doesn't end up directly helping the very people it's given to assist, and less money goes into the UK charitable pot as a result. We try to give as locally as possible, both by way of donations, and by using charity shops etc. I'd rather the limited amount of spare cash I have can go to help - for example - the hospice who were so wonderful when my Great Uncle was dying, or charities who have provided help and support to family or friends. The second reason for not "living below the line" is that in order to do so we'd have to compromise the way we've chosen to eat. We choose not to buy cheap jarred sauces, cheap packet bread, or jars of jams and similar loaded with additives - we choose to buy decent (and where possible local) meat, and free range eggs. I applaud the cause, but no, I'm not going to compromise by eating rubbish that I'd never normally dream of buying for this challenge. Glancing through the blogs of some of those who took part last year I've seen the cheapest of cheap packet bread (our home made bread actually works out cheaper per loaf, but buying the initial ingredients to start us off would cost close to a week's budget for one of us, so that's out), lemon curd of such a violent and dubious shade of yellow I'd want to run a Geiger counter over it, and instant noodles of the type that look like a bad 1980's perm and come with their very own little sachet of chemicals as flavouring....errr..no, not for us, thanks. Credit to anyone who can do this and still manage to eat high or at least reasonable quality food - there are a few out there, mostly those who are in at least some way self-sufficient and can incorporate that.
|Keep your eyes open for an upcoming blog featuring these grand old ladies...|
|Window at St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall|
The two pots of chicken stock have also been used - providing the liquid for an Orzotto using some more from a bag of Orzo pasta that I had. Garlic bread was eaten with the cannelloni, and a loaf of turkish bread got demolished with salad. Finally this morning some of those sausages saw the light of day along with tattie scones, and some slices of black & white pudding - yep, we're having a fry-up tonight!
|Cheese scones - surely one of the best storecupboard standbys ever?|
What are your storecupboard standbys for those times when you have a freezer full of food but nothing to eat? All inspiration welcome here!