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Left over onions! January 28th

Another fine days dining today, keeping with the routine I start the day with a bowl of porridge, have tuna and the last of the rice for lunch, before moving onto a dinner composed of a bread roll, and some soup made from the remaining onions a couple of days ago.

How today's £1.14 was spent:

Porridge £0.17

Tuna & Veg Rice £0.45

Onion Soup £0.42

Tuna, for lunch!

Rather than cooking tuna for dinner, I decided to have my tinned fish and rice for lunch today. I prepared it differently to the picture above, taken a fortnight ago. This time I mixed the tuna into the vegetables and rice, which presented far nicer than previously. I gave the peas a miss, as there were sufficient peas in the mixed vegetables without adding more.

The end result was a tasty lunch. I hope to replicate the dish next week, perhaps reducing the serving of rice, introducing some tenderstem brocolli, and replacing the tinned tuna flakes with a seared tuna steak.

A visit to the snack machine

I had to visit my old friend, turned nemisis, before the end of my challenge. I sincerely hope that we have now parted company, and I am free of the machines influence.

My former acomplice had a variety of snacks on offer, including some bags of Haribo for £1. Fortunately, none of the snacks seemed very inviting - a change on our previous relationship where one or two - sometimes three would be purchased in an afternoon. I will find it interesting to look back on this blog in a month or so, and see if my perspective has altered, and check on how many of my bad habits have returned.

Onion Soup

Inspired by recipes I found online for slow cooked onion relish, I decided to attempt to make a slow cooked onion soup.

I poured half a pint of vegetable stock, made using half a stock cube, into the slow cooker, and added 2 crushed cloves of garlic, the remaining two and a half onions, sliced thinly, and a peeled, chopped new potato.

Ingredients Onion soup

ItemCost
2½ onions£0.18
½ Stock Cube2p
2 cloves garlic£0.04
1 potato£0.05
1 bread roll£0.13
Total£0.42

Whilst not as nice as French onion soup, my onion soup was suprisingly tasty. The onions had lost all of their acidity, instead forming a thick, sweet soup, which I really enjoyed eating - despite it's slightly green appearance. I can easily see myself eating this in future, or adapting the recipe in an attempt to make a french onion soup, with croutons, and gruyère cheese... Mmmmmm.

Conclusion

The difference an extra few pennies has made to my diet has been amazing. The days of eating half a tin of budget beans with toast for lunch to leave sufficient capacity for dinner seem far behind me. I've also found a few healthy, nutritious bases for packed lunches that I hope to be eating on a regular basis moving forwards.

I have been trying to get into the habit of preparing porridge for the next day whilst preparing dinner - which saves a job after a late upload. Whilst on the subject of uploading - I do hope to post some reflections on my challenge after January the 31st, but am looking forward to the freedom from blogging on a daily basis - it's hard work!

Totals to date

Cash Spent£29.46
Value of Food Consumed:£27.45
Waste£0.09
Cash to spend:£1.54
Days Remaining:03