Bread for DinnerPosted: October 23, 2009
I ate a half loaf of bread for dinner last night. It was an accident. But it made for a cheap dinner. 42 cents to be precise. The recipe came from the King Arthur Flour website. If you don’t already know about them and you’re someone who likes to bake, please click here right now! They have many, many great recipes that are well-tested and have consistent results. The bread I made was a simple, whole grain number with really flexible rising times (2 hours to 2 days) so it’s easy to fit it into any schedule. And yes, I ate 6 slices, which according to the King Arthur people turns out to be 7 cents each. Go figure.
Other meals this week have included
Tonight’s dinner: steamed potatoes from the garden and leeks, apples and cabbage braised with cider vinegar, butter and sea salt. Yum. Enough for four people cost about .50 for the apple and the olive oil. Everything else was garden gernerated. You can find the recipe here.
Todays’ lunch: pasta cooked in homemade broth with spinach wilted on top. (about 15 cents a serving if you consider that the broth was made from scraps, the pasta was $1 a box, and the spinach came out of the garden.)
Thursday’s lunch: Rye crackers (2.79 for a big box) with cheddar (5.99 / pound) and macintosh apples (.75 / pound) and cider (3.00 / half gallon). Must have been around 2.20 a person.
Thursday’s breakfast: left over soup. Soup is one of my favorite breakfasts. Especially soup with rice that has absorbed all the liquid…it’s similar to congee, a Chineese rice mush, and super easy on the digestive system. A really great way to start the day with a hot meal and cheap one at that.
It’s been interesting to keep track of how much food costs. We eat mostly at home, especially this time of year when I have more time to cook and the garden is still producing so much food. When it is late winter, early spring and I am working long days in the greenhouse, we end up spending a lot more on food, and by then we are pretty sick of storage vegetables. I don’t know if we could get by on $30 a week if we did not have a garden. Well, it would still be possible, just not as abundant or as easy.