|Lamb with gratin dauphinoise|
|Smoked haddock and leek macaroni cheese|
The total cost of my week was £34.49. If we call this lunch and dinner for two adults, seven days, this works out at just £1.23 per head per meal or £2.46 a day. Not too shabby, right?
|Spicy lamb flatbreads with Moroccan couscous and carrot salad|
Now, as I've mentioned, our definition of pantry was pretty loose. But still, the result was surprising - we managed to eat pretty well over the course of two weeks while not spending a huge amount - and certainly not living on beans on toast.
|Turmeric and lemongrass chicken|
We both commented that good planning was absolutely paramount; not just sitting down and making a list of meals but working out how ingredients could be utilised in different ways to minimise waste. However, a degree of flexibility within the plan can mean you get the best deals - D managed to get his week's meat on a 3 for £10 offer by compromising slightly on the ingredients for his curry, which meant that his chicken, which provided one dinner and two lunches, was just £3.33. Vegetables, particularly root vegetables, are a cheap way to add bulk as well as additional flavour - I caramelised a handful of onions at the beginning of the week and used them both with shredded spicy lamb in a flatbread, and stirred through basmati rice, ribbons of carrot popped up in a Moroccan style couscous salad and a herby pasta dish.
|Spaghetti with carrots and herb pesto|
|Lamb and cauliflower curry with cucumber raita|