Monday, 3 January 2011


On the 4th of January VAT rises from 17.5% to 20%!!!  This is a first for me as as far as I can remember it has always been 17.5% in my adult life!!!

Along with other things brought in by the current government it appears that its gonna be tough for a while.  I just wish it looked like the richer people in this fine land were gonna feel it as much as I am or even worse people already finding it tough just existing at the moment.  It doesn't help that most of the members of the Government are millionaires!!!  I have a feeling they aren't going to feel the pinch like myself, my friends that are facing redundancy in the near future or the poor people who can just about feed and dress their kids!

Anyway enough of my rant!!!  I will get positives out of the coming year!!!!  I have dug out a book called" Natures Wild Harvest" which shows you the delights that are available to forage for free - I borrowed it off my dad and will be trying my hand at supplementing my larder/cupboards with some "nature freebies".  I would like to point out that the chapters are Spring, Early Summer, Late Summer and Autumn!!!!

I have discovered some parnsips and carrots that didn't get used at they've been in the fridge they are still fine so tomorrow I will be making a Spicy Roasted Parsnip and Carrot Soup....waste not want not!!  I also roasted a big piece of Gammon today which we had today and will be having tomorrow aswell.

I will start back doing my weekly menus and telling you how much I spent each week next week!!! I have money off vouchers for the Co-operative so I will be doing my first shop there, surprisingly!! ;o)

My two youngest children are back to schol tomorrow so I will bid you farewell as it is 11.30pm and they are still awake!!!  They are going to have a nasty surprise at 7.00am tomorrow!!!! 

TTFN - will tell you what the soup is like tomorrow!!!!! xx


  1. I need to menu plan - and slimming menus at that. At SW yesterday she told us about soup that sounds vile, but is, apparently, delicious, and very frugal.

    1 tin of baked beans
    1 tin of tomatoes
    1 pickled onion
    plenty of salt and pepper

    Cook, Blend, Eat.

    Unfortunately I have no pickled onions - so it's your job now to make it and let me know if it's any good.

  2. Oh - and I foraged once. Lovely wild garlic.