I have whinged about the cost of food prices in Australia. And poor Danny often hears me carrying on about how some English supermarkets reduce their yellow sticker specials to mere pennies. In Australia, a bag of prepared spinach might be reduced from $6.00 to $5.75, and this makes me pull a face! But with the know-how of my clever fella, we eat well and mostly healthily, on progressively less money, each week. I know there'll be a point where we probably won't be able to make it less and less, but so long as we don't make it more and more, we can always come out ahead.
Case in point, last night I was dumb for ideas for tea. Danny suggested we have sausage casserole. Mmm I liked the idea of that. What I also liked was that he offered to make it too. So, without needing a recipe, as we like to cook to the fridge contents, he created the casserole.
It was gorgeous and I wanted to eat all the leftovers. But, it was stored in an old jar for today, after all, I would have been only eating for greed if I'd had a second serving, as I was full.
It was choc-full of veggies, including, carrot, sweet potato, sprouts (YUMMMMMM!) and regular potato. He only put a small few sausages in it, and froze the rest of the pack. Using beef stock, a little milk, water, tomato paste, salt and pepper, he created a saucey-extra. No need for any melted cheese, no need for feeling stuffed and over fed. We ate the right amount and I was able to make moans of pleasure and gratitude with honesty.
All in all it probably cost about $5, but for about four serves, this is fantastic value. I learn new things every day and it's an amazing thing. Who knew frugality was a hobby? It's almost as good as reading books!