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These are the lovely lampshades. The boxes had the opaque bulbs in, and I had bought 2 of the clear ones. The clear one went in last night to the one shade that was up and it isn’t particularly bright. I think that’s fine as there will be hidden LED lights round the edge of the ceiling eventually, and the shades are over the dining table, so I don’t especially want bright ones there.

When DP unpacked the 2nd shade this morning, it had a little box for the light bulb, but no bulb in it! Hence, we have one with the clear bulb in, and the furthest shade has an opaque one. I still prefer the clear ones, so we shall see.

I went to the beautician this afternoon and had my nail colour removed and new put on. Went for a different colour this time. It is actually more turquoise/jade than the photo shows. I had the nails cut down as well. They looked fabulous long with the purple gel, but they were starting to get in the way and of course, with new polish now on, they have to last 4 weeks without being trimmed. Had more lash infills done as well. She put a few in the corners this time, so I have even more of a lash bat to play with. Tried to capture the effect in a picture, but couldn’t get it.

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Made a quiche for tea and some coleslaw with white cabbage and carrot. Mayo and low fat yogort mixed for the dressing. And some lettuce and spinach leaves from the garden. The little jam tart is using up the pastry trimmings.

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On Facebook I have been discussing with some lovely readers another meal plan. I thought I would try and do one for people with no power in the house. So no hob or oven, no fridge, and not even a kettle. My goodness it’s proving difficult. I was hoping to do it so that foodbanks could use it, so only ambient. It’s pretty hard creating something nice to eat, on £1 a day, using only items that don’t need cooking. This isn’t helped by the fact that I think tinned vegetables are pretty vile. I’ll continue to think about that, but I have got one now that is coming along nicely, with a few fresh veg in it. So, soon, I’ll publish the one I have. And I may well think more about recipes that don’t need cooking.

This is where I’ve got to, I’m going to do some more research on meals with no fuel.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
day 1 muesli, 125g each, 140ml milk hoummus & carrot sandwich sardines & cream, 200g carrots, sweetcorn, coleslaw
day 2 wheat bisks, 4 bisks each, 140ml milk peanut butter & coleslaw sandwich sardines & cream, 200g carrots, sweetcorn, coleslaw
day 3 muesli, 125g each, 140ml milk hoummus & carrot sandwich hotdog, 30ml oil, 100g carrot, 50g onion, blackeye beans, lemon zest
day 4 wheat bisks, 4 bisks each, 140ml milk peanut butter & coleslaw sandwich 166g couscous, 100ml oil, lemon juice, 100g carrot, 50g onion, white cabbage, pesto
day 5 muesli, 125g each, 140ml milk hoummus & carrot sandwich hotdog, 30ml oil, 100g carrot, 50g onion, kidney beans, lemon zest
day 6 wheat bisks, 4 bisks each, 140ml milk peanut butter & coleslaw sandwich 166g couscous, 100ml oil, lemon juice, 100g carrot, 50g onion, white cabbage, pesto
day 7 muesli, 125g each, 140ml milk hoummus & carrot sandwich 166g couscous, 100ml oil, lemon juice, 100g carrot, 50g onion, white cabbage, pesto
Cakes & Bakes   
3 x 400g biscuits  
used
Aldi need 31,500 cals, this is 29,197
loaf, 22 slices x 2 £0.80
400g digestives, 400g rich tea, 400g custard creams £1.00
couscous, 500g £0.65
smartprice muesli £1.18
wheat bisks, 24 biscuits £0.75
onions, 78p kg, 250g £0.20
carrots, 2kg £1.18
250ml lemon juice £0.50
sweetcorn, 325g £0.35
garlic bulb £0.25
1 lemon £0.30
white cabbage, 1kg £0.58
Asda red tomato pesto £0.85
KTC 2 x chickpeas, 1 x kidney beans, 1 x blackeye beans £1.00
hotdog sausages £0.49
milk, uht 2 litres,skimmed £0.98
peanut butter,340g £0.62
sardines in tomato sauce, 120g £0.40
170g tinned cream £0.78
mayonnaise, smartprice, 500ml £0.50
oil 1 litre (use 700ml) £1.25
Total £14.61 £1.04 per person, per day

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Before putting together the meal planners, Lesley surveyed what was needed. Of the existing 14 budget meal plans, most are cheap meals for 2 people so can be sized up or down. Others are cheap family meals for 4 people, or meals for one

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Lesley

    It is very sobering Faith, and I think things are set to get a lot more difficult for those with least over the next few years. Shameful
    We all deserve something nice to eat, no matter how little we may have

  2. Lesley

    Evaporation, what a good idea, yes, that would work
    Thanks re the nails. They are so different in length and colour, they keep catching my eye and I hold them up to admire

  3. Faith A.

    Great idea about a meal plan for those without a cooker or fridge, although sobering that it should be necessary. After reading a bit more about food banks, my most recent donation was stuff including Smash, cupasoup and instant noodles for instant comforting food, although even for those you’d need a kettle.
    Love your lampshades!

  4. Katherine

    Damned fine nails!
    You are doing very well with the impossible. I’d just like to put in a plug for evaporation as the best available alternative to refrigeration – that is cover your food with a wet towel or hang it in a wet sack preferably in a draft. This is much more effective than immersing in a bucket of water for example.

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