I am sure that most, if not all of you (at least the carnivores among you) are familiar with the concept of "rubber chicken". In short, buy a chicken, and see how many meals you can get out of it. Oh picked up a couple of half-price birds from Morrisons on his way back from work on Friday, and the first one was roasted today, and served with roast spuds, and carrots and runner beans from the freezer.
This took care on one breast - the rest of the meat will be stripped off the carcass, and used in meals over the next week. The bones will go into a pot with some herbs and a slug of vinegar, and turned into stock, which will in turn make a basis for more meals - soups, yeah, but a slug of home-made chicken stock will transform many a meal from mundane into sublime. Risotto for one is in a completely different league when good stock is used in its preparation.
Apart from the dinner and lunch, today I also prepared my and OH's lunches for the week - 500g of Approved Foods pasta (17p); a pack of Lidl's half price mince (£1), and additional veg and tomato sauce to the tune of about 50p altogether. So for £1.67p, I have 10 lunches - 16.7p per lunch, not too shabby, is it ?
In addition, a box of AF flapjack mix, a box of cheesecake mix, and a sachet of ice-cream mix all got made up - plastic fantastic, I know, but this is flukey really, we don't normally eat like that - and it's probably better for DD than a Mars bar a day, which is a habit she has recently slipped into, and a great deal cheaper !
Oh, and DD just came back from her walkies (she needs to walk herself most days, sometimes more than once, like today the way you'd have to walk a dog), sodden - as she waited until the rain was good and set in before going off, and it was too windy for the umbrella to stay up - oh goodie, more wet clothes to dry - and stressed out because she saw a frog in the road and was worried it would get run over. It would be one unfortunate frog if that was to happen though - our road is so quiet. My suggestion for her to go and watch it until it gets to safety was declined. Too wet, apparently. That's alright, then....