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Gardening after the virus 1

I’ve been sick. The covid-19 hit hard, but I refuse to let it fill an entire blog post, media is full of covid-19 content, so I’ll just stick to the plan I had with this blog and focus on the frugality – adding a prepper-like shine to it.

I wanted to have loads of flowers, and though I still do, I must admit, that Ive changed my perspective about it a bit. With the world going into a new depression after the virus and the different farm crisises all over the world, I’m worried about the food situation. Two months ago I grew food for fun, now it’s a matter of living and living well in a few months.

I wanted to focus on lettuce and spinach and other fast crops, but now I’ve exchanged seeds and I’m growing more beets, chard, beans of all sorts, more peas than planned, carrots, pumpkins, kale etc. I wanted to have rabbits for eating, but B said NO and didn’t seem interested in discussing the matter.

I’ve built a greenhouse from old plastic bags and twigs, and so far I only need it to stay whole for a month or so, and then the weather should be good enough.

Yup. It is ugly, but the fleece and the plastic (cut from the bottom of an old kids swimming pool) is there to protect from the cold during the night. It works SO well.

That’s it for now. More will come. Right now I need to go dig another bed and take away the grass and roots. It’s hard work, but I love the rewarding feeling I get when I see a new seed sprout and promise me a bit of food in the future.

Pink Pasta Puddle

My son is back home, and we’ve been working hard on getting his life straight again and finally I feel like this is going somewhere positive. I’m trying to settle an agreement with his roomie and since our house is a mess after an entire week of everyone being sick, I’m trying to catch up.

Same goes for the fridge. This frugal thing didn’t really catch on when we were sick, meaning we’ve got plenty of stuff that are almost overdue. So… Without knowing in which direction I wanted to go, I created this horrible mess that tastes… A-MA-ZING! It is soft and perfect for comfort food cravings.

I call it…

Pink Pasta Puddle

PINK PASTA PUDDLE

  • 200g macaroni or pasta
  • 2-3 beetroots in small cubes
  • 3 large carrots in medium cubes
  • 1 leek sliced
  • Creme fraiche (I had about 3dl leftover)
  • Salt, pepper, cayenne
  • Extra: can add ham or pepperoni or left over meats to the dish before the creme fraiche.

1. Boil the pasta Al dente in lightly salted water, drain and put it aside.

2. Start with the beets and frie them about ten minutes while dicing the carrots and then adding them

3. Slice the leeks and frie them too. This is where you’d add the meat if you have some.

4. When the beets and carrots are soft but not mushy, turn down the heat and add the creme fraiche and give it a good stir while seasoning.

5. Finally add the pasta/macaroni and heat it up a bit. Not too high heat or the creme fraiche will maybe become a bit grainy.

Enjoy!

Welcome to january the 74th

I think we survived January. B’s teeth, the three times car mechanic, insurances and christmas-meldown hit hard… but we had food and shelter and made it through.

This is the last meal I made and even though we’re doing scraps now… it was awesome. I will call it:

Pasta N eggs 74th

  • Boil some pasta
  • Cut leftover veggies (we had kale, onions and parsnips) and fry it in a pan with some salt, paprika and garlic
  • mix a bunch of whole eggs with a good splash of cream and a bit of sifted wheat flour – give it salt and pepper and toss it in a medium/low heat frying pan and let it warm/sit
  • mix pasta with vegetables and fry it a minute or two, before adding a bit cream and topping it with what ever cheese that needs to be eaten.
  • turn on the grill in the oven and give the pasta-veggies a ninut or two.
  • Check the eggs. If it is still a bit liquid on top, give it a minute or two under the grill
  • Serve and enjoy.

Maysakkasagna

Yesterday B and I went dumpsterdiving and we got a huge load of potatoes. Yes, a bit of them were bad and soft, but still…there was a lot and we even gave my son a large bag plus some other stuff to take home.

Earlier today I texted one of B’s colleagues, an around 60year old guy I’ll call Bear on this blog. He lives alone, and I know how it is for most people who lives on their own; cooking is seldomly prioritized. Bear has also helped me (us) during the toughest crisis this december, and hes a friend og B’s mom as well. So…kind of a member of our family you could say. I asked if he’d like a portion of whatever I came up with tomorrow on the job and he did. So there was no way I would NOT cook today.

I came up with a…erhmmm…mix of mousakka (without eggplant) and lasagna (because of the bechamel and no pasta), and we didn’t have any ground beef, so instead I used ground chicken. Oh yeah. And my name is Maya hence the name of this dish.

Here’s my extremely loose recipe. I made enough to feed 9 people of moderate appetite especially if serving bread with it.

Potatoes and shredded cheese and…

Meatish tomato sauce

  • A package of ground chicken (400g)
  • A splash of oil
  • 2 large onions (in Denmark that is aprox. 200f)
  • 4 cans of chopped tomatos (4×400g)
  • spices + salt and pepper
  • 2-4 “icecubes” of frozen cream (I freeze my cream to make it last longer)

1. Brown the meat in a splash of oil

2. Throw in the onions and stir until they’re soft and glasslike.

3. Dump in the cans of tommatos and heat it till it’s boiling.

4. Season it with salt, pepper, and perhaps thyme and oregano. I also added 2 cubes of vegetable stock but you don’t need them.

5. Add the cream -fresh or frozen – mix it in and put aside in a large bowl .

Bechamel sauce

  • 50g salted butter
  • 4 chaotic tablespoons of all purpose wheat flour
  • 1 liter of milk, preferably not a skimmed type. The fat ia good if you, like me, always put a bit too much flour in so you need to add water.
  • salt, pepper and a good dash of nutmeg.

1. Melt the butter in a large pot

2. Add the flour to create a ball of butter and flour

3. Add the milk little by little while making sure you heat it up along the way to avoid lumps.

4. At some point, you’ve probably added all your milk, then add water until it has the required texture. Which is.. not thick nor thin. Not too sticky nor too runny

5. Season it.

ASSEMBLING IT ALL

1. Peel a whooole lot of tomato and slice them in 0,5 slices.

2. First add meatish sauce, then potatoes, then bechamel, then potatoes, then meatish…etc. and keep doing it until you run out of both. Top it off with the bechamel as it makes it easier to save on the….

3. Cheese which you will add after having it in the oven at 200°C for about 40 minutes, and then give it another 25 minutes. Time in the oven is really depending on how thick you sliced the potatoes. But around 1 HR all together.

Enjoy with a salad or bread or whatever you feel like.

Christmas and new year makes AHA-moments.

We made it through Christmas and new years eve…and no. We didn’t manage to stay frugal. Actually it went the other way. Having the small ones for the first time made us lose our focus, but it’s fine. My adult son was home too. Next year is without kids, and it’ll be an entirely other level. We spent the night with B’s sister and this was all the presents, primarily for the three small kids there, but I was showered with love in the form of presents as well.

Getting married in a few..five…months time, B decided that my golden and simple engagement ring should have a tiny diamond. We had originally agreed on just moving it from one hand to another, but he wanted to make sure it was something special after the wedding. I was happy to learn he made an effort to make sure it wasn’t blood-diamonds, but it did cost a bit extra. We will add it to the ring in may a few weeks before the wedding.

The best present, however, was this box. The kids wanted to decorate it for me, and had their dad write to “Maya-mom”. A few weeks earlier S asked if he could call me mom, but I said no, as he only has one mom and she’s the most important person next to dad, but that I’d like him to find a new name for me. So he decided to call me Maya-mor every now and then. V has followed him a bit, but I’m leaving it up to them. Still…listening to then while they decorated the box for the giant unicorn they got me, made me melt and I’ll be saving that as a treasured memory forever.

New years eve we spent alone. We needed it. And I got to test my crockpot for real by making brisket. It was amazing. So was the homemade “kransekage” because in Denmark you can’t have new years eve without this. Most people buy it, because it’s pretty sticky and they think it’s too much work, but that’s because they’ve never tried it. If you can live with the amateur look it’s better than the store bought one. The recipe should be with the picture.

January has, so far, brought knowledge that adding your credit card to Google play is a shitty idea. I didn’t…but B did. And we decided to check out how much money had used on his games…which created a relationship crisis. I won’t say how much he spent the last 18 months, but… me deciding to try to save money on my wedding dress and foods and so on because “we don’t have a lot of money”…. I felt betrayed, and he was not in his proudest moment to say the least. He didn’t realise the amount until then.

Buuut… You can only fix what you know what’s broken, so we took off the possibility to buy stuff online, and got him an old nokia. Which actually freed a lot of time together as well. Maybe some day he’ll be back on the android, but we’ve talked about waiting until after the wedding just to keep it safe.

So… that’s all for now.

My top 5 money-saving food apps.

I don´t know how it is in your country, but here in Denmark almost all supermarkets have their own app, where you can find things on sale and so on. There´s also a few apps that manage food waste, apps where people who has gardens and an overflow put up fruits and vegetables. I will list the danish apps below ofcourse, but if you have an app YOU use and would recommend, let me know, and I´ll put it on my links page for other people to find as well – and yes, I´ll sort it by country and maybe even leave a little word/recommendation from you, if you wish.

But – as you know, I´m a dane, so heres a short list of my money-saving apps.

Lidl Plus – I like this because it´s the nearest shop, and because their coupons are actually giving a fair discount on specific products. We don´t have the coupon-system as the states, but in a Danish perspective, it´s pretty good. There´s also a bonus-ticker, but I haven´t spent enough money there to know what it is…or…yes I have, but I forget to scan my phone, and it´s a problem when B is shopping, because the app is personal. I´d like to have two or more persons added to one account.

Mad skal spises is an app, by Salling Group who has the supermarket chains Netto, Bilka and Føtex, but in this app, they invite everyone, shops or consumers to add different products that are maybe on the edge of “too old” and extremely cheap. I downloaded it a few weeks ago, and I´ve used it three times at least. If I need something specific, I go through the list and see if I can get it cheaper. I hope the other local supermarkets will use this soon.

Too good to go is where it´s impossible not to make a good deal. Supermarkets, bakers and restaurants list “bags” with food, that they sell for a lot less than the normal price. It´s important to act quick and look out for the time they list their bags, because sometimes, they´re sold – “just like that”. The other challenge is, that you don´t decide what goes in your bag. If you buy from a baker, you might end up with a lot of cakes and no bread – or the other way around. I bought a bag from a supermarket three days ago, hoping there would be a lot of vegetables, but I´m still baking banana-muffins and tomorrow I´m making plum-chutney. The roses are still pretty though 😛

E-tilbudsavis is amazing when you´ve gone through you fridge and freezer and made a food plan, and you know what you need. It´s an app where every shop or supermarket that usually sends paper-ads to fill your mailbox have digital versions of their “papers”. It´s possible to make shopping lists and share that between people you know, and it even has this little feature where it adds the price, so you know how much you´re spending BEFORE leaving home. That feature saved me a lot of money, to be honest, because I didn´t like the amount at the bottom, so I went through the list a few times and again re-thinking if I really needed stuff, just because it had glitter on it.

Vild mad is for when you are adventurous and wants to know if the plant you see, when you´re hiking, is safe to eat or not – or tasteful too ;-D I´ve used it a bit when walking the dog, especially this autumn with all the rain and moist that make mushrooms grow all over. It breaks down every now and then, and I wish I could use it without internet-connection, but…if you can live with that, it´s a fine thing, and it looks pretty awesome too.

So – that´s the first 5 apps that I use the most. Not every day, but at least once a week. I hope you will share your food-apps and share some tips with the rest of us in the comments.

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