Hi folks - I hope the new year is panning out OK for you all.
With January half gone it is probably time to smooth down the proverbial pinny and look 2019 squarely in the face.
|Basil and mint flourishing in the courtyard|
Yesterday we were talking about food and food budgeting and menu planning and Mrs HM said " I think this year you can take charge of the food budget and shopping". Boom. There it is. I know this is going to be much more challenging than it looks on the surface, but I am ready to give it my best. I know I'll be asking a zillion questions of Mrs HM during the year and I might just need to up the ante with my plain fare cooking. Anyway, it will be fun to share with you my failures, success and realisations during 2019 on this front. Any excuse for more food photos!
We are off for a family holiday soon so there will be very little (read zero) activity here till early February.
In the meantime here are some random pictures from around our place recently.
|Cherry tomatoes ripening on the kitchen window sill|
|Challah bread - beautiful honey flavoured and great for breakfasts|
|$2.99 per kg for chicken thigh fillets - frugal much!|
|Cherry tomatoes growing in the courtyard.|
We pick them as soon as the first hint of pink shows
and ripen them inside away from birds, possums and grubs.
|The laterals I pinched off the main tomato bush|
and replanted have all taken off like a shot.
|Fried crumbed chicken and mango salad|
|Chilis beginning to ripen|
So, I'll have a couple of weeks while we are away to think and plan this year's shopping, menu's, stockpiling, specials hunting, food research and nutrition approach. I know Mrs HM does all this with ease and I hope after 12 months to have gathered some of this amazing skill. I'm not sure I'll be able to just memorise unit prices like she does nor be able to cook every meal without a recipe like she does or look in the cupboard and just invent a meal with 'whatever is there' ..... but here's to learning how.
See you all early Feb!
Take care ..... and stay nice.