I decided to plan the meals ahead and shop online so I could keep an eye on the price. The shop I chose was Morrisons as they have a good saver range. I didn’t include cat food or washing powder in the challenge but added these to get the price up so I could have it delivered.
This meal plan isn’t done to patronise anyone, I tried it and it does involve lots of cooking from scratch, but I guess that was part of the challenge. It’s easier and more fun if you all help together.
Of course for this price you can’t eat organic or free range, but in the UK luckily we don’t have battery chickens. To make this work you will have to joint up 2 of the chickens, by cutting off the breasts, wings and legs, which in turn have to be chopped in half for the drumstick and thighs. You can look this up online if unsure how. It’s also best to make your chicken stock or soup on the first day so you can used the chicken meat in other recipes.
Also some of the ingredients are from my garden, the fresh herbs (mint, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme and Bay leaves), apples, strawberries and tomatoes. These can all be picked up quite cheaply from car boots or you can take cuttings from friends and relatives.
I used milk for my morning porridge from work and we luckily have a fruit basket delivered too, so I was able to add a bit more variety to my porridge.
I also used a few cupboard ingredients that should be in most larders and will last for ages. They are just to help with flavouring. Here is a list of those:
Salt, Pepper, sugar, Oxo cubes, ketchup, gravy granules, dried mixed herbs, soy sauce, Peppercorns, coriander seeds, Cumin seeds, Cayenne pepper, Paprika, Garam Masala, Turmeric, Chinese 5 spice, Tomato paste. Balsamic Vinegar, Jif lemon juice and vanilla extract. Also Tea and Coffee were not included.
Some kitchen gadgets I used included a cheap bread maker from Aldi for £19.99 and cheap stick blender from Argos for £6.89. You can probably do without the bread maker, but the blender is very useful.
We made bread 4 times with the strong flour and doughballs once before it ran out. Along with the chapatis and the sliced bread it was enough for sandwiches and toast when needed.
The prices for the food are what it cost me on 27th September 2015, so they could change, but other offers always seem to be available. Other supermarkets and local markets could be cheaper still.