Sunday – Day 7 (FINAL)

Today’s menu:

BREAKFAST:
Lettuce and cucumber salad with a fried egg and mushroom
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LUNCH:
Fried rice* with 2 eggs and a banana (*extra ingredient from my cupboard: rice)
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DINNER:
Leftover fried rice with potatoes (sad)
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Today was quite sad as I forgot to do a food shop and Aldi closed at 4 pm. All I have left is about 400 g of oats and a few small potatoes from the tin. I’m so glad this challenge is over. I think that I’ve lost about 3 pounds. I can’t wait to buy some fresh fruits and veggies tomorrow and eat whatever I want, as much as I want.

Overall, the challenge is manageable but you won’t be consuming normal healthy amounts of food, although it might be useful if you’re trying to lose weight. It’s something I wouldn’t recommend doing on long-term basis as you would become fed up and feel miserable quite quickly. Saving money from food should be done by buying everyday essentials, low-cost brands and discounted items, rather than restricting your food intake.

Saturday – Day 6

Today’s menu:

BREAKFAST:
Porridge with cinnamon
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LUNCH:
2 scrambled eggs with a tomato
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DINNER:
Potatoes curry and a banana
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I’m a bit fed up with the same ingredients but, hey, only 1 day left until I can finally do a normal shop without having to plan every single meal in so much detail. My 3-month placement in Critical Care begins next week, hence I’ll definitely need a lot more nutrients as I’ll be working full-time. Soon, I’ll be a student no more…sigh the final year blues are starting to kick in.

 

Friday – Day 5

Today’s menu:

BREAKFAST:
Scrambled egg with fried mushroom and a tomato
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LUNCH:
Crepes with strawberry jam and a banana*
(*Extra ingredients from my cupboard: self-raising flour, sugar, strawberry jam and margarine)
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DINNER:
Leftover curry from yesterday with a lettuce leaf

The products I have left from the shop are about half a kilo of oats, about 350 ml of milk, 1 tomato, a small piece of cucumber, 2 tins of potatoes, about 100 ml of pasta sauce, 5 eggs, 1 mushroom, half of the iceberg lettuce and 2 bananas. Although it’s enough to help me do the final stretch I’m out of new ideas now. Any tips?

 

Thursday – Day 4

Today’s menu:

BREAKFAST:
Japanese omelette with veggies
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LUNCH:
Banana and oats in milk with yogurt
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DINNER:
Savory oats curry with aubergine in a lettuce leaf
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It was strange having savory oats but it wasn’t bad either. I made around two portions, hence I’ll have to finish the rest tomorrow, I think. I’m running out of ideas what else to do for the last three days.

Wednesday – Day 3

Today’s menu:

BREAKFAST
Pancakes* with blueberry yogurt
(*extra products from my cupboard: self-raising flour and sugar)
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LUNCH
Banana and oats in milk with yogurt on the go
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DINNER
Fried mushroom with pasta sauce, salad and a boiled egg
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I feel like this challenge is really pushing me to be creative with the ingredients I already bought. Also, I normally have bigger portions of food, hence I find myself drinking more water which is good. Although, I feel full at the end of the day, I feel like I’m dieting. 🙂

Tuesday – Day 2

Today’s menu:

BREAKFAST
Porridge with cinnamon
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LUNCH
Banana, salad and and a boiled egg on the go
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DINNER
Curry with potatoes and aubergine
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I was really hungry after having lectures today, so I actually had my dinner around 16:00. Then I fell asleep all the way until 22:30, as I was doing one of my assignments until late the day before. Overall, feeling full and happy. 🙂

Monday – Day 1

Today’s menu:

BREAKFAST
Raw porridge oats with blueberry yogurt

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LUNCH
Roasted/oven baked egg in a large mushroom with potatoes and herbs

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DINNER
Basic salad with two boiled eggs

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It’s 21:12 and I’m quite full at the end of the day. I’ve been drinking plenty as well. 🙂

Live on £10 a week (updated)

Hey folks,

Last time I started the ‘Live on £10 a week’ challenge and was doing quite well until I fell terribly ill over the weekend and still haven’t recovered fully. This week, (starting from Monday 15th May) I’m going to do the challenge again. So here is my shopping list:

  1. Aubergine (1)= £0.69
  2. Bananas (6) = £1. 19
  3. Cucumber (1) = £0.49
  4. Eggs(15) = £1.89
  5. Iceberg lettuce = £0.49
  6. Milk (1 L) = £0.49
  7. Mushrooms (4) = £0.79
  8. Potatoes in a tin (3) = £0.57
  9. Porridge oats (1 kg) = £0.78
  10. Tomatoes on a vine (6) = £1.19
  11. Tomato sauce (440 ml) = £0.39
  12. Yogurt (500 ml) = £0.79

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I’ll be posting, hopefully, on daily basis to keep you updated of how it goes. 🙂

Live on £10 for a week: The student challenge

Recently, I read about the ‘Live on £10 a week’ challenge and I thought it would be quite easy for for me to achieve it as I don’t eat meat. To complete the challenge, I tactfully made a shopping list of all the ingredients I need. So here is what I bought:

My strategy was to use the same ingredients every single day and here is my Day 1 to Day 7 set menu:

BREAKFAST: 2 toasts with jam, a piece of fruit (apple or banana) and a cup of black coffee.

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LUNCH: Fried potatoes with herbs, 2 fried eggs, salad, a toast and a cuppa.

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DINNER: 3 bread pizzas, salad (optional) and a cuppa. To make the bread pizzas you spread a spoonful of olive oil, followed by a spoonful of pasta sauce on each slice and topping them up which grated cheddar cheese. You grill them in the oven for 10-15 min on 200° C until crispy.

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The negative is that herbs, spices, olive oil, tea and coffee have not been counted in this challenge. The positive is that if you follow the set menu accordingly, you’ll end up with an excess of 4 pieces of fruit, 2 slices of bread, 1 egg and probably a bit of jam. What you might run out of before the week ends is the pasta sauce and the lettuce. Day 1/7 complete. Happy budgeting y’all!! xx

 

Sweet European pancakes

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I love eating pancakes (AKA crepes) but it wasn’t until recently that I learned how to cook them! Yay! I spent a lovely evening with friends who taught me how to make the batter and how to flip the pancakes so they are cooked nicely on both sides. The recipe is simple and here is what you need to make 10-20 pancakes, depending on how thick you make them:

1) 200 g plain white flour
2)about 3 large eggs (4 small/medium eggs)
3) 600 ml milk
4) 1-2 tbs of sunflower oil
5) a pinch of baking soda
6) a pinch of sugar and salt (optional)
7) a drop of vanilla flavour (optional)
8) For cooking: unsalted butter or sunflower oil
9) For the filling: fruits, honey, chocolate, custard sugar, jam, cheddar cheese, feta cheese or whatever you fancy most

All you do is put all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix/whisk them well until smooth.
Then you heat a pan on high heat and use a bit of butter or sunflower oil to prevent sticking. Reduce the heat to medium and use a ladle to pour out some of the mixture. Once you see little bubbles forming, usually within a minute or two, you carefully use a spatula to flip the pancake. Don’t worry! The first one always breaks into peaces but if you repeat the same process a dozen times you’ll get the hang of it. When your pancakes are ready just fill them with your favourite fillings and enjoy them while still hot.