Anyway, this week we decided to try out the new, refurbished and expanded Aldi store near us. It is right opposite Morrisons so it's no effort to shop in one store for bargains and finish off in the other.
I sometimes treat myself to a bunch of flowers and these were just £2 as opposed to £3 in Mr M. They are lovely, lets see if they last as long as my usual purchase (around 2 weeks)....
Now, I've heard of Aldi's Super 6 but never bought any before as the local store used to be dismal and off putting so I never ventured in. This week we bought a bag of pears for 59p, a swede (enormous!) 49p, cherry toms 69p (Dutch), pack of 4 leeks 49p (to make lovely soup) and a bag of red onions for 69p. Everything looks in lovely fresh condition too. A pack of 400g of British diced beef was £2.75 and has been cooked today in the slow cooker. It has made 3 portions (one of which OH ate tonight and declared delicious) so 2 left to chill or freeze. I added carrots and onions to the pot but could probably have added more veg to eke it out to 4 portions instead of 3. I'll know for next time. Aldi shopping is definitely a keeper now....
As the weather is much colder now I will be aiming to cook more warming stews, soups, quorn lasagne, veg cottage pie etc OH loves meat but is perfectly happy to eat veg based meals on a regular basis too and it's so much easier not to have to make a veggie meal and a meat based one for the same meal. Tonight I had a jacket potato with cheese and salad whilst he tucked into the beef but having 2 more portions of meaty delight for him tucked in the freezer will be a godsend.
I think I need to do a store cupboard clear out and make an inventory of what I have so that I can begin to organize myself properly. I'd like to begin to stockpile certain items so that during the (usually) freezing cold of January I can rest assured that I don't need to go out at all if it's bad underfoot. I have a dread of falling in the ice and snow and breaking bones now that I'm getting on in years :/
Is anyone else planning to stock up in case we have the horrendously bad winter we have been warned about?
Stay warm everyone x