Cooking from scratch all the time can be wearing, especially if you have a bad back (again) so when my husband said do something quick and easy tonight dear I thought Ah Ah time for sausage and mash.
I hate cheap sausages so I had 6 lovely Norfolk Sizzlers from the butchers and thought 5 would be enough for dinner, (2 for me and 3 for hubby) as they are very meaty (no fat or gristle in these). It was lovely but the butchers bill was on the table as I ate and realised each sausage had cost 41p. Total over £2 and was not really a big meal. Everything else on the plate was home grown - potatoes, red onions, runner beans, carrots. Omelettes would have been much cheaper!
I was looking in my notebook and really it is not a cheap meal! At £2.05 for the meat and I am not sure it was that cheap either.
In comparison my notebook shows two more economic meal plans.
Shin of Beef at £7.95 per kilogram, purchased 908kg for £7.22
Day 1 - slow cooker. a stew where I added a large onion and 6 garlic, 500gms of tomatoes (chopped fresh ones) some home-made passata, bits of celery, carrots, and spices like paprika, bay lead, rosemary, cinnamon stick. later a few dried lentils and peas added.
Day 2 - 4 ladles of left over stew reheated with dumplings.
Day 3 - 4 ladles of stew reheated with some green peppers and leftover from lunch bits of tomatoes and eaten with steamed cabbage and leeks.
Day 4 - bottom of stew scrapped into pie dish, mushrooms added and a suet crust.
Everything added to the meat was fromt he garden or store cupboard and we had BIG meals.
The meat element was £1.80 per day.
I see in my note book some months ago I purchased a shoulder of lamb should at £7.32 (£7 per kg).
Lamb in tomato sauce
Not long ago Jamie Oliver was preaching having a big lump of meat and making it go far - I think that is why I was recording in the first place to make sure it really was a good strategy.
Think sausages may have to go on the luxury list!