I have been a lady who lunches this week. I know I am anyway, but it was even more this week.
On Wednesday, it was a good friends 70th and we went to hers for a bit of a party. Lots of talk, laughs and giggles. Lovely.
On Thursday, I was taken out for an Italian by DD2 in Bexhill, where she lives. There is a trattoria there that we really like. She had also got me some flowers and a new phone cover with a lovely picture of me and himself from her recent wedding. It’s my birthday this week, hence the pressies.
Then on Friday, it was the WI lunch club and we tried The Bear at Burwash. It was fine, but I wouldn’t hurry back.
And on Saturday? Lunch at The Black Duck at Warbleton, one of our favourite places.
So, to the next meal for Meal Plan 9.
The Aldi pizzas in the Carlos range are incredibly good value at 85p. I tried several in the range to see what they were like, and I was very impressed.
I don’t usually put bought meals on the meal plans, this is an exception. It’s (relatively) easy to find a meal like this one using bought things, but perhaps rather harder to cook something from scratch to hit the budget, and that is the ethos of this site. Nutritious home cooking, step by step to £1 a day.
The picture shows a half pizza, made up of two different types, some oven chips and a bit of coleslaw.
1 Aldi Carlos pizza, whichever type you want, 85p
600g potatoes, Asda 59p/kg, 35p
Tsp or two of veg oil
Total cost £1.20, 60p each
Wash the potatoes and slice into wedges. Toss in a little oil, salt and pepper. Place on a baking tray and bake in a hot oven for 10 minutes.
Add the pizza to the oven and bake both until they are done.
If you have the ingredients, coleslaw is lovely with this, or any salady bits. Beetroot and watercress; rocket and tomato; grated carrot, a spritz of orange juice and a few raisins.
I like mushy peas too, they’re filling aren’t they.
I have a couple of very large tins I got from Approved Food that I’m intending to use as soup once the weather turns colder later on in the year. I never want soup in the summer
Thank you Colleen, nice to be appreciated
Happy belated birthday Lesley!
There’s nothing wrong with a cheat meal sometimes! I do think unrealistic expectations of everything being homemade can only lead to disappointment…sometimes a rest helps keep us on track!
My cheeky cheat is a tin of mushy peas, seasoned and sprinkled with chilli flakes. I know that’s some people’s idea of food hell but I enjoy it and it’s low fat, high protein for a few pence 🙂
Just wanted to wish you A Happy Birthday. I do enjoy reading you
Wish I could send you some of our East Sussex rain! We’ve had quite a lot lately mixed in with summer days. Been out in the garden today, tidying, weeding, planting. Lovely
Happy birthday, Lesley! You continue to inspire me to keep within my little retirement budget and I always enjoy that your English take on food is a little different than my California perspective. Also I’m enjoying the progress of your garden since we are under such severe water restrictions here due to drought that I’ve had to let half my plants die. So far our community garden has not been shut down so I have veggies. To make me feel better I look at pics of your plants and at dovegreyreader’s garden in Devon. Happy birthday!