Thursday, 28 December 2017

Christmas On A Budget

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a session through work called 'Christmas Cooking On A Budget'.  

It did not go accordingly, as the Tutor who usually runs the Cooking On A Budget session had not purchased the ingredients and there seemed to have been an overspend by the organiser. I did not want to embarrass the organiser, so did not get round to asking the Tutor in private what the cost of Christmas Cooking On A Budget should have been for up to 12 people. Regardless, it made for an interesting day.  It got me to reflect on how lucky I presently am to have a home, able to buy things I want and food I want to indulge in.   However, I share with you a  Link to a website called Family Lives and their article on Christmas On A Budget with some tips that may be helpful in the future if you have to Cook On A Budget.
This was my vegan Christmas On A Budget plate, yet to be smothered in gravy.



Roasted potatoes and parsnips. A tip that was shared was to soak the potatoes in water in advance of roasting to remove the starch. 
Steamed carrots and peas.  There were also Brussels sprouts which were frozen, so there was no need to prepare them. 
For the meat-eaters there was chicken (not shown) in place of Turkey as the more affordable alternative; and for the non-meat eaters there was supermarket brand Nut Roast.  Also some stuffing balls. 
Here are all the plates with roasted vegetables minus the roasted chicken.  

For afters there was traditional Christmas Pudding, but no one had any as every one was well stuffed.  I hope you all had a good Christmas. 

16 comments:

  1. It is amazing how much one can spend at either end of the range for a still good plate of food - I too feel fortunate I don't have to be on too tight a budget at this time of year, but also marvel at those who spend so recklessly. This sounds like a good course even if it didn't go quite to plan!

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  2. That looks a good deal healthier than what was served at a friend's home!
    I hope you had a happy Christmas. Wishing you the best in the new year.

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    1. Thanks e. I agree. I did enjoy it.
      I hope you had a good Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too. I am really looking forward to 2018.

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  3. Roasted veggies are sooo good!
    We had some for christmas.
    Enjoy!

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  4. Parsnips. One of those things I have liked the few times I have had them but rarely ever eat them or try and make anything with them...I need to, tho! I need more Parsnips in my life!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer, parsnips are one of those ingredients that I could easily give a miss - i do like it in desserts though.

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  5. Sounds like an interesting session. I love the sound of the dinners though I would have preferred to have the carrots roasted - it is interesting that vegans were well catered to in the dinner - would be interesting to see if the vegan meal was cheaper than the meat meal (I am so out of touch with meat prices that I am never sure of comparing costs). Hope your Christmas went well.

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    1. Vegans, vegetarians and those on religious diets were all well catered for. There was another oversight, the Christmas pudding and the mince pies both had alcohol in them, so some people could not enjoy them - but to be truthful, everyone was full - so they were not consumed anyway. Yes, the vegan meal was def. cheaper than the meat meal as it was mentioned that the most expensive ingredients were the chickens, but in contrast to turkey it was much cheaper.

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  6. Happy New Year to you and yours, Shaheen!
    Peace :)

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    1. Happy New Year to you and yours too.

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  7. Happy belated Christmas! Would it be Scrooge-like to suggest nut roast would have been way more affordable than whatever meat for Christmas dinner?! It does look like a great Christmas dinner nonetheless - extra brussels for me, please!

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    1. Thanks Joey. No, your actually right - however the shop bought nutroast was more affordable than making it at home I think, as nuts are quite pricey and making from scratch would cost more. Your welcome to have my sprouts anyday.

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  8. Christmas does seem to be a time to go a little overboard on both quality and quantity! I have to agree, I feel very lucky to be able to eat and live without too much financial worry and am always amazed at how far some families can stretch so little x

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    1. I agree Kate. I went overboard and picked up loads of excess food that we will be eating well into February, if not March including chocolate.

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