I just returned from a shopping expedition.
$106 later for what seemed an incredibly small amount of food! When did three litres of milk jump to over $6? The tots have discovered muesli (granola) so I looked at the prices - $7 for 750grams for what is basically rolled oats, honey, coconut and some nuts - you know what I am making right now don't you;
8 cups rolled oats (about one kilo)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup honey
1 cup shredded coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup shredded almonds
I heated the butter and honey, added the vanilla extract, and bunged the whole lot into a large mixing bowl with the other ingredients to toss them together. Then into a large baking tray in the oven at 180 degrees for about 15/20 minutes. Make sure that you stir it around at the ten minute mark to make sure that it isn't burning.
If you buy your oats, nuts and coconut at a bulk store you can make this for around $4 per kilo.
I checked out the price of crackers again (you know how after a while of living/cooking frugally you sometimes look longingly at the pretty boxes?) $2.49 for 180 grams of crackers! I thought that crackers came in 250gram boxes! Is this the latest trick, keep the price the same but lower the contents amount? Tricksey or what!!!
You all have my cracker recipe don't you?
3 cups of plain flour (or a mix of white/wholemeal)
1 cup of water
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tea salt
Throw into mixer and mix until mixed ;). If it looks a bit dry add a bit more water. Roll thinly on your pasta machine and use a pizza cutter to cut. Bung onto oven trays and back until golden brown.
Julie aka crazy mumma is going to join the Evil Plant and Book buying alliance (notice the addition to the acronym hehehe) She tempted me with her synopsis of 'Artisan Bread in five minutes a day' so I caved and whipped out the credit card before you could say "Expiry Date" You see books for me are like shoes for Cathode - The Angelic Hosts will have to tear my books and coffee plunger out of my hands before I float up to heaven on a cloud of gin ;)
Now back to shopping. At the fruit markets I noticed that the price of tomatoes has increased again. The forty degree lashing last week fried all of my tomato plants so it's back to buying them. Last week I was able to buy 10kg's of sauce tomatoes for $5.99, this week they are $10. I am planting some more seedlings this weekend in the hopes of getting a late season crop.
I did come across stewing plums in bulk though so it's a jam making session again today. The tots have a terrible habit of only eating half an apple so I have collected their left overs for the last few days to chuck into the pot of plums. Plum and apple jam sounds ok don't you think?
Other plans for today are Rhonda Jean's sauerkraut, bulk bread making, piccalilli and perfecting an instant latte coffee mix (I need to reduce the cost of my coffee addiction).
Despite all of my grumbles, my life is blessed. My thoughts and prayers are going out to all of the mine workers laid off this week in Western Australia and their families. May you all find new jobs soon.