Day Eight

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

What I Bought on Day Eight

What I Bought on Day Eight

Today was a big day. I cooked something that is an actual recipe. (I didn’t use an actual recipe, but there are actual recipes for this dish.)

I made curried eggs over rice—hardboiled eggs heated with tomato sauce and curry powder. It was probably not the most elaborate version ever made, but given the circumstances, it was pretty good.

Curried Eggs Over Rice

Curried Eggs Over Rice

For the other meal of the day I had leftover corn muffins and wheat berry/cabbage/split pea stew. The corn muffins don’t hold up as well into the next day as scratch cornbread—and they still taste crazy sweet—but they’ll do. And there’s still more of both the muffins and the wheat berry stew, so I think corn muffins and stew will be on the menu for tomorrow as well.

My little holder with receipts is missing so until it turns up, you’re going to have to take my word on what I spent today. (Now that’s a litttle fishy, isn’t it?) I drove to a meeting and stopped on my way to pick things up, and it must be in the car but I couldn’t find it in the dark. (There’s no overhead light in my car and it’s really hard to find things in a car without an overhead light.) Will look again tomorrow.

Here’s what I spent:

8oz tomato sauce (SuperTarget): $0.24
1tsp curry powder (Whole Foods): $0.10
1 head of garlic (Compare): $0.15
1 tangerine (Compare): $0.20

sales tax: $.01

TOTAL: $0.70

Okay, found the receipts.

Receipt Day Eight

Receipt Day Eight

6 Responses to “Day Eight”

  1. Jeanne Rhea Says:

    I just found your blog from the Scrap Exchange newsletter. I will be following your adventure.

    Just a little note. I went to Alaska in the late seventies and was shocked at the cost of food. Being a single mom of two little boys, I did everything I could to save on the food budget and still eat well. My favorite meal (for three) was to boil a chicken slowly with some celery and onion. Then broil the chicken in the oven for a bit. Use the broth along with the meat from the back, neck and any other small bits for a soup. I used egg noodles along with any other leftover veggies in the soup. Then I used the thighs and legs for chicken parmesian over rice. The breasts were eaten for one meal divided up between the three of us with salad and usually potatoes. Any leftover meat was frozen for sandwiches—either chicken salad or if enough for a chicken sandwich. The three of us could eat an entire week on one chicken in this manner. My grocery bill for three in Alaska was less than $20 a week with the use of coupons. I was especially concerned about the kids getting their nutrition, but I think that they ate better when we had less money than when we had more later on!

  2. lessisenough Says:

    Thanks for checking in, I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks people can eat better on less money than they do on more. And I’m with you on the chicken thing, I don’t know why anyone would buy boneless skinless chicken breasts instead of getting a whole chicken and using the breasts in one recipe and freezing the rest of the chicken for later. The meat is much better and you can get so many meals out of a whole chicken. Even if you roast a chicken you can save the carcass in the freezer and then get a few meatier pieces (e.g., legs) and cook it all together. You get all the meat left on the carcasss plus the meat from the new pieces and it makes a really good rich stock that you can eat or freeze to use later in other things.

    I may do a future project where I actually have a reasonable amount of money to spend on food — a whole chicken is not going to work with $1 a day — and be able to talk about things like that.

  3. fivecats Says:

    your rice dish looks like it has yellow squash in it, not eggs. was the “oh, i lost the receipts” just a ruse to get us to not notice that your “eggs” look nothing like eggs?

  4. lessisenough Says:

    Maybe it’s the camera … or the fact that it was 2am by the time I ate dinner yesterday.

    I chopped the eggs. Most recipes call for them to be split in half, but, as all dieters/anorectics know, cutting your food into smaller pieces makes it seem like you have more food. And for some reason small pieces of egg with rice seemed like a better idea than halves of eggs with rice.

    I have to say that I never made that recipe before because I thought hard boiled egg and rice seemed like a weird combination and it is a little odd, texture wise. Not sure if I’ll make it again after the project is over but it was fine for yesterday.

    Also I wouldn’t buy squash this time of year even if I had more than a dollar because it’s not in season and is too expensive for how much I like it. When it’s $1/lb in the summer it’s fine but I don’t like it enough to pay out-of-season prices for it.

  5. HoneyBrown Says:

    Just read about your site in People and am slowly working my way through. I’ve made a similar dish, usually comprised of some sort of leftover tomato-based Indian dish, rice and eggs (I hardcook a few each week). I find it quite tasty. After all, we all know someone who likes their scrambled eggs with lots of catsup, right?

  6. Mrs Embers Says:

    I would have believed you without the receipt :)

    I’m enjoying reading your blog (starting from the beginning), and I’m REALLY impressed wih what you’re doing on $1 a day! Makes me wish our closest bulk food store wasn’t an hour away by car!

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