As I have mentioned before, I have a foreign student staying this week, which has been lovely. I don’t go crazy with the type of food I buy, but I don’t challenge them with a lot of lentil and chick pea recipes! We have eaten much more meat this week than usual. I spent about £15 extra on my food bill, and have also had the heating on for a little longer, since she comes from warmer climes. It is still worth doing it from a financial point of view, and we all enjoy having the students and meeting people from different parts of the world.
However, next week is back to basics! I have discovered a very nice veggie blog with some recipes that look nice: http://frugalfeeding.com/. I plan to check some of those out. I feel like trying some new main meals. It is easy to get into a rut. I am going to find some time to go through some of my old recipe books to see if there are things I have either forgotten about or never tried that look interesting and tasty but not as if they will break my budget. So – another job for the weekend.
As the weather is set to be fair, I am planning to spend quite a bit of time in the garden. I need some fresh air after being stuck in an office all week. Mr Shoestring’s neighbour has given us loads of plants from the garden, and they are currently sitting outside in carrier bags. I haven’t even had time to look at them so I am excited to see what we have 🙂