New Year and New Beginnings

Happy New Year Everyone!

Thanks for visiting the site. I’m excited yet apprehensive at starting this challenge for January 2015. I’ve been mustering up all my strength this past weekend to kick-start our family eating on a budget. Who’d have thought it would be so tricky, but after all the indulgence of Christmas it seems even more unfair that we’re going back to basics this month.

To put things into perspective, I have to remember that many people around the world have to eat frugally every month of the year. Furthermore, I know it will be good for us. We’ve become so spoilt and wasteful around the Festive Season and it’s good to rein in our purses and perhaps also our waistlines after a gluttonous period.

Organic cabbageI visited Oxford’s Summertown Farmers Market yesterday with all the hope of the New Year, but left with one lonely cabbage and a spaghetti squash totalling £2. I turned my back on beautiful joints of beef and speciality cheeses, but a self-righteous voice inside of me said I could make something delicious out of these humble vegetables, with a little imagination.  The cabbage will make a nice accompaniment for my Sunday roast chicken and the spaghetti squash is a hearty meal in itself with lashings of garlic parsley butter. Let’s hope it’s not just lentil Dahl and rice for the rest of the week. Although spying the cake and pastry stand at the market did remind me that I need to make a batch of brownies and flapjacks to save us succumbing to the desires for shop bought treats.

I’ve never been so expectant of my trial veggie and fruit box from North Aston Organics which should arrive soon. Who thought that vegetables could seem so glamorous, but it’s true – if you want to eat healthily, you really have to base each meal around a local seasonal vegetable which will provide the most vitamins and minerals available at this time of year. If some-thing’s been picked before ripening, sat on a plane and then on a supermarket shelf for weeks it’s lost a lot of it’s nutritional value. I must remember to locate my scrubbing brush; a necessity when receiving and cooking authentically soil covered vegetables.

Right, that’s it for today, I must get my spaghetti squash in the oven and put some chickpeas on for soaking. Every day I’ll post our family evening meal, it’s nutritional value and how much it cost to make. Posts on discounted local produce and veggie boxes will come as-and-when I find and use them. Plus I’ll regularly update on our progress and how we’re finding and coping with the whole process.

Lastly, if you have any frugal recipes and tips you’d like to share please don’t hesitate to contact me on carolinementzer@gmail.com

Thank you!

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