Day 4: Saturday

Brekkie: We started off our Saturday morning with espressos and porridge (made with mashed banana, cinnamon, crunchy peanut butter, ground chia mix). Today, because I wanted something a bit special, I also added caramelised banana on top. To caramelise the banana, I put a bit of oil, maple syrup, and cinnamon in a pan. Once hot, I added in banana slices and stirred them around for about 3 minutes until soft and brown.

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After, we went to the open market to find some fresh veg. It was a bit of a disappointment, as we are used to Sydney markets which are full of local fresh produce and merchants, but we did manage to get some unpackaged veg to last a couple days. We decided to do a bigger shop today since it’s unrealistic to do a grocery shop every morning. We stopped by Infinity Food to get a loaf of fresh gluten-free vegan bread. Charlie couldn’t resist a vegan Chelsea bun, and I grabbed a gluten-free vegan muffin as well. (Saturday’s are for treats right?) We also saw a 1kg peanut butter on offer, which will last us a long time (well that’s what I’m telling myself). It is plastic, but we can reuse the container.

We also stopped into Morrison’s on the way home to get some tins to make a bean stew for dinner.

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Today’s haul cost us a total of £23,31, and should last us 2-3 days.

Before I start lunch, we sit and have tea and our treats. Absolutely no regrets.

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Lunch: For lunch, I made soup from half the head of cauliflower, about 2/3 of the spinach, two onions, and garlic. I used broth cubes and some coconut milk I had in the pantry and seasoned with nutmeg and chilli flakes.  I loosely follow this recipe. It’s a super simple and cheap meal, served with some slices of the bread loaf.  There is enough soup leftover for a portion or two tomorrow.

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Dinner: Charlie cooks up a big pot of bean stew for dinner. Made with butter beans, cannellini beans, chopped tomatoes, veg broth, a splash of red wine, carrots, sweet potato, lots of garlic and onion, closed cup mushrooms. We also threw in a chopped up bunch of the carrot greens (they taste basically like parsley and are packed with nutrients), and the stock from the broccoli from yesterday. Stews and soups and the easiest ways to reduce your food waste because you can throw in all the ends of your veg to add flavour and thicken it up. We eat it with more of the bread from today (because bread is life) and still have a ton leftover. It’s not the prettiest meal, but honestly in the winter in the UK, all I really want at night is a big bowl of something warm and filling and cuddle up on the sofa. In the summer I’m more likely to take the time to make a big beautiful nourish bowl, but this time of year ain’t nobody got time for that.

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Afters: Saturday night calls for a movie and a big bowl of popcorn. Popcorn kernels can be bought in bulk and we keep ours in an airtight jar. They last ages and are way more economical than buying the microwave bags (also less waste and no palm-oil) and you can control exactly how much salt you use.

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