I've got less than a fiver in my Challenge shopping cash pot, I've got my M&S vouchers too and the Nectar point stash that has reached the dizzying heights of just over £10, should I be worried? At one stage in my life I might have been, but if this Challenge has taught me anything it's taught me that you don't need much ... you don't need much at all.
As the cash amount plummeted somehow my spirits have soared. I've always been good of making something out of nothing, be it food, shop stock ... both mine and the charity shops that I have managed in the past. You bulk things out and make them bigger creating illusions of plenty and somehow plenty appears.
It's easy to do with food, you take a small block of cheese and grate it and voila you have a mound of lovely cheese on your plate that looks as if it would make a whole loaf full of sandwiches. You take a small pack of mince, beef or veggie, add a handful each of chopped carrot, onion, celery, some herbs, seasoning cook it slowly together and then pour into an ovenproof dish and top with the mashed flesh of a couple of jacket potatoes and suddenly there is a Shepherds Pie to feed a family.
All of us cooks, save the few that serve up 'ding cuisine' are magicians of making more out of some, think about it ... when has it ever turned into less ... well unless you count the shrinkage of water-filled meats that shrivel up to pathetic little replicas of the product that was on the front of the box or pack they came out of.
We make a meal from a few ingredients on an almost daily basis. We fling open the fridge door, spy the lone dish of leftover boiled potatoes, the half onion that we meant to wrap but instead plonked on the shelf to dry out forlornly on it's own, as we instead distractedly reached in to wring the last glass of wine from the bottle in the door shelf. We take our paltry offerings chop them together tip them into a bowl of beaten eggs and cook slowly and watchfully. Never has a Spanish Omelette tasted so good as the one that appeared from nowhere :-)
My motto from now on. For food, for books, for clothes, for life.
Today is a No Spend Day
... well it would be after this post wouldn't it :-)