Hi again Folks
I just want to talk about food for a moment.
Food from scratch is so achievable, frugal, satisfying, healthy and real. It is also clever, artistic, thrifty and wise. Today I am posting a few pictures of the the types of 'foody' things that have been going on here to encourage everyone to lean into the food-from-scratch habit.
The vegetarian lasagne above is made with roasted mashed pumpkin, ricotta, Parmesan cheese, sage infused butter sauce, walnuts and gluten free lasagne sheets. Trust me, it's to die for - and that's a big statement coming from a meat lover.
|The $50 freezer|
We were recently pondering about saving up and buying a freezer but when we saw some fabulous meat specials happening we wondered about buying a used one instead. Fortuitously, this small upright freezer was on Gumtree for $50 and was very clean and in good working order but the enamel was not in good condition. We bought it anyway only expecting it to perhaps last a couple of months and then we would buy the new one.....18 months later it is still powering on. We recently painted it with blackboard paint and bought a packet of chalk and as you can see it gets used for all sorts of scribblings, reminders and thoughts - always a-changing. Oh, and it is full to the brim with frozen goods (mainly meats) bought on special - frugal much!
|Freshly baked sough dough bread cooling|
Baking your own bread would have to be the finest thing in the world to create instant comfort and contentment...and it is MUCH cheaper than buying the equivalent quality loaf from the shops. I love sough dough bread on principle as it is a self-perpetuating, self reliant and thrifty process and tastes fabulous. As the butter melts seductively through the hot slice of bread and perhaps topped with honey from a local hive....my mind wanders. Give it a go - it will be so worth it.
|Plain yoghurt and blueberry yoghurt|
We have recently discovered the wonder of home made yoghurt here. The jar in the right is natural yoghurt with a can of blueberries drained then mixed through. It does not last long around here! It is packed with live and beneficial probiotics, it tastes decadent and smooth and one litre can be made for about $1. Frugal, nutrient rich, real, smart and clever.
Have a super Saturday folks! We are having friends over for a real feast-up and I am now off to decorate the garage with tables and chairs, white linen and candles, polish the wine glasses and light the sandalwood incense. Life is good - simply because we make it that way.
Take care - stay nice