Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Making it ourselves

This is Skippy ~ picked up and chastised for attacking Mands in the garden 
We didn't spend today
But we did pop past the Salvos for some vegetables and bread ~ because sometimes you need to do things like that.  And I think they are a wonderfully supportive group of people who really don't judge. While waiting, found out there was a low-income supermarket being run by St VdePaul which we will investigate next week when it is 'rich' week.

We also entered a competition to win $5000 so fingers crossed that we have success there *chuckles* 
Oh don't we all want to win some $$?!  Yes that's what we call an unrealistic income source.  

Making meals from the items in the kitchen has been fun and we think we should be able to go through to the end of the first week of November with only milk to buy and using the tinned and frozen vegetables and fruit we have. 

Tomorrow is budget day and we are looking forward to updating the amount we've managed to bring off the debt balance.  Interest is a killer but we've not been adding the interest as it accrues on the debt ~ and we're not really sure if adding on each time is going to provide you dear reader the extra incentive to help us out of our debt problem.  

We have set up a bank account to enable those who wish to provide us with support without needing to set up a PayPal account. It will be up on the Financial Report and QandA pages.  Oh - and the Tupperware currently on eBay is about to finish so that should be an extra $20 to add to the totals for next week... but we'll count that when it is all finished.

One sad little zucchini was the basis for a yummy vegetarian pikelet dinner which has filled us up and had the added benefit of being very healthy.  Tomorrow will be a chicken and vegetable pie using some of the frozen veggies we got from the Salvos food package ~ gee that was handy.  If we can get some sour cream, we got a 5kg bag of frozen McCain straight cut chips and adding a salsa, an avocado (which we have in the fridge) and sour cream makes a great quick, easy dinner or weekend lunch.

Here's the recipe we used for the Vegetable Pikelets ~ thanks to the 365 Tupperware Recipes in 365 Days on FaceBook.

1-2 small zucchini
2 cup frozen mixed veg (corn kernels, peas, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower)
1 cup wholemeal self-raising flour
1/2 cup self-raising flour
1 1/4 cups buttermilk  (use regular milk & add lemon juice or vinegar if you dont have buttermilk)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup grated tasty cheese
olive oil cooking spray

Grate zucchini & carrot
Using your hands, squeeze moisture from zucchini
Heat oil in a large, non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat
Cook up the vegetables, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes or until softened and set aside
Sift flours into a large bowl
Add buttermilk and egg
Whisk to combine
Add vegetable mixture and cheese
Stir to combine.
Spray pan with oil
Heat over medium heat
Using 1 heaped tablespoon per pikelet, cook 4 pikelets for 3 to 4 minutes or until bubbles appear on the surface
Turn & cook for 2 minutes or until cooked through
Transfer to a plate
Cover to keep warm.

Makes about 16-20 pikelets


  1. Yummo - they are also delish with a lil sour cream and sweet chili sauce on top!

  2. We thought they'd be delish with sour cream - just didn't have any :(