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Wood Anemone’s, Tulip’s & The Results Of My ‘Week Of Main Meals For Under £10.00’

Today I planted some Wood Anemone’s (Anemone nemorosa) in my woodland area.  I bought these with the last of my birthday money, in the hope I will have enjoyment from them for years to come (and hopefully I can take root cuttings over the years to expand my stock for free).

The Wood Anemone is a native British wildflower and looks beautiful in the spring, when they are planted in drifts.  They are a hardy perennial that will tolerate most soil types and the Royal Horticultural Society gave it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

You can read about Wood Anemone’s here and also see a picture of how beautiful they are.

The root cuttings that were sent to me look like little bits of stick.  I soaked them for a couple of hours in a small pot.

I then planted them horizontally, approximately one inch below the soil.

I’m looking forward to seeing them in the spring.


I also planted some tulip bulbs at my allotment today.  They were a free gift that I received with the rambling rose that I planted at the beginning of the week.  I planted them approximately 15cm deep at the corners of my woodland area.  They are supposed to be a peach colour, but that is all I know about them.

Tulips are best planted in November which is later than most bulbs, as a late planting can help reduce problems with the disease ‘tulip fire’.

Tulip fire is a fungal disease which causes brown spots and twisted and distorted leaves on the tulip.  It is named ‘tulip fire’ because the plants look like they have been scorched by fire.

You can read about ‘Tulip Fire’ here.


We also had a large delivery of leaves to our allotment this week, so I filled some bags with them and managed to fill my two black ‘dalek’ compost bins, so hopefully next year I will have some lovely leaf mould to mulch some of my beds over the winter.


Just a quick reminder, it is ‘Rememberence Sunday’, (sometimes known as ‘Poppy Day’) on Sunday, please don’t forget to buy your poppies.  This is what the ‘Royal British Legion’ says on their website:

  The Royal British Legion was formed in 1921 to support the veterans of the Great War.  Since then, Britain has been involved in many other wars and fields of Service, creating a continuous supply of Service men and women, and their families, who need our assistance. We are recognised as the Nation’s custodians of Remembrance.

A Wonderful Gentleman Selling Poppies.


A Week Of Main Meals For Under £10.00

For those who haven’t been following my blog this week, I thought I would set myself a challenge of cooking seven main meals for my family, for under £10.00. If I can do this, it will show people that we can and do actually live well on less’.

To keep the costs down, I have been using my home grown vegetables and in the style of ‘Ready Steady Cook’, I have free use of store cupboard items, which can be found here, on Monday’s post.


Tonight I cooked ‘Toad In The Hole’.  I served it with some more of the enormous swede, that I picked on Tuesday, together with carrots and curly kale that I picked this morning from my allotment (I don’t think anyone can accuse us of not eating enough vegetables in this house).

 You can find the recipe for the Toad In The Hole here.

The only expense was for eight sausages and the rest of the ingredients were from my store cupboard items and the vegetables were homegrown.

 So this meal only cost me £0.80 to make.


As it’s Saturday tomorrow, I decided to plan tomorrows meal and write about it today.

Tomorrow we will be having a ‘take away pizza’ night.  I will be cooking a pizza exactly like the one in the picture below, (but without the Olympic rings).

The recipe for my pizza is here.

I will serve it with homemade potato wedges and salad from my polytunnel.

The only ingredient I will be paying for, will be the grated mozzarella cheese that costs £2.00


Below is my expenditure for our seven family main meals this week:  

Sunday = £ 3.33

Monday = £ 0.87

Tuesday = £0.00

Wednesday = £0.63

Thursday = £1.65

Friday = £0.80

Saturday = £2.00


So the total for the week is (drum roll please) an amazing £9.28!

I am really pleased with this amount and I have proved I can actually cook seven, healthy main meals for under £10.00, for a family of four people.

I hope this has given you some ideas to eat cheaply.


Tomorrow I will be serving Potato wedges with the pizza I am making.  Potato wedges are really easy to make and taste just as good as the ones you buy from the supermarket.



Potato Wedges Recipe


4 large potatoes

3 tablespoons of olive oil

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon ground cumin

¾ teaspoon ground mild chili powder

1 teaspoon mixed herbs


Preheat your oven gas mark 7 / 220C / 425F

Give the potatoes a good scrub to clean them.

Cut each potato into quarters, long ways.

Cut each quarter into thirds.

Mix the olive oil and herbs and spices together.

Pour the mixture over the potatoes and ensure all the potatoes are covered.

Put the potatoes on a greased baking sheet.

Cook for 25 minutes until the potatoes are golden brown and soft.



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Shark Fin Melon and Toad In The Hole

The cabbage I picked today

I was very pleased with a cabbage that I picked today.  It has taken a long time to grow.  In May I had nearly given up with most of my cabbages, as the flea beetle had virtually distroyed them.

This week I have been concentrating on an overgrown patch on my allotment plot number two, which is next to my ‘leaf mould’ area.

It was overgrown with brambles and weeds and I had already cut it back in the spring, with the intention of sorting it out a few weeks later.  This unfortunately never happened and this was the result.

That will teach me to do half a job!

After a morning of working hard, I managed to clear the brambles and weeds and I put a covering of weed suppressant, to stop them from growing back.

I was very pleased with the result.  The plan for this area is that eventually it will have another poly-tunnel on it, that’s when we finally manage to save up for one.

I re-used the weed suppressant that I already had around my large plum tree, on my fourth allotment plot.  It was used to kill all the couch grass around the tree by leaving it in place, since the spring.  It has done it’s job brilliantly.


This year I have been growing one or two unusual things.  One of the things is a ‘Shark Fin Melon’.

The ‘Garden Organic Team’ from Ryton visited Eco house in May and told us about some exotic plants to try and grow and even gave us some free seeds.

I planted the Shark Fin Melon seed in May, underneath a half cut plastic bottle and hoped for the best.  Though I have had loads of foliage growing (it’s quite a monster), I have only just found the fruit growing on it, probably due to the rotten summer we have had.  However, if I keep my fingers crossed, we may have a good autumn, (or am I wishing too much there) and it may still have time to grow.

There are details about the Shark Fin Melon here.

Shark Fin Melon


Following on from my post on Friday regarding child poverty, (which you can read here), I have decided to post some more cheap and easy family recipes.

I think a lot of people will make these simple meals anyway, so I apologise to you, but if I help just one person who doesn’t cook, to feed their family more cheaply, then I will have achieved my aim.


Toad in the Hole

(to feed a family of four, with good sized portions)


100 Grams Plain Flour

2 Eggs

300ml Of Milk

8 Sausages

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil


Preheat your oven Gas Mark 7 / 220C / 425F

Grill the sausages until nearly cooked.

While the sausages are cooking, pour the oil into a large shallow tin and put in the oven for at least 10 minutes, so the oil is piping hot (this is the secret to a good Yorkshire pudding)

Put the milk, flour and eggs into a bowl and whisk with a hand blender until thoroughly mixed together.

When the sausages are nearly cooked, put into the hot oil and immediately pour the batter over them.

Cook for approximately 25 -30 minutes.

Toad In The Hole

I’ve worked out that the Toad in the Hole cost me just £1.16 to make.  So it’s another very cheap meal for a family of four.

Tonight I served it with home-grown vegetables and gravy, but it is equally nice with mashed potatoes and a tin of baked beans.

Today’s Harvest

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