Every spare moment this week has seen me pouring over books, raiding the kitchen cupboard for things I already have, and gathering them together on the worktops ready for a group shot.
Luckily food is a still life and you can add to the group as and when you find something ... and no one wanders off or stops smiling for the camera :-)
I've been weighing out the food we have ... we're allowed 1lb of dried fruit for 8 of our points.
Altogether we are allowed 16 points each per month, so a total of 32 points to spend and I need to make sure I spend them wisely. There's not much fresh fruit around at this time of year so a decent amount of dried fruit seemed very important. and as we are keeping to it being February but in 1940 there wouldn't have been much fruit available. I actually have some rhubarb coming up that I am about to move over onto the Veggie Patch, there are two sticks one of them slightly bigger than the other ... and I have a feeling that the larger one might accidently snap off when we move the plant ;-)
Of course while I am doing this Living on Rations Challenge I also have to keep an eye on our budget as this really is a Challenge within a Challenge and The Purse still only has it's limited funds available. So I'll be using some of the vouchers that I posted about yesterday to shop for anything I don't have ready for next week. But mostly I think we will be okay with our food supplies from the cupboards and the freezer, and of course straight from the Veggie Patch.
There was a big pack of ham in the fridge and although Alan would no doubt have volunteered to chomp his way through it all before rationing starts I decided to weigh it into little 2oz packs and pop them in the freezer ... I did leave him enough to nibble on when he got back from his business meetings this week, so he's happy.
I'm not sure if you were allowed to split the listed 4oz of bacon or ham per week, but I think I'm going to if Alan wants 2oz of bacon and 2oz of ham. It does give a lot more options over the course of the week.
I'm more than happy with my sweetie ration, I usually take one or two candy canes to the cinema with me, so I doubt I'll get through this many in a week ... well my teeth won't be happy if I do!
We each get 3oz of sweets per week and rather neatly although mine weighed under at two and three quarter ounces ...
... Alan's weighed over at three and a quarter.
Which of course gives a grand total of the required six ounces.
Alan's choice of sweets for the cinema are little Fudges from the Christmas stash in the cupboard :-)
Well today I'm going to be sorting out the meat ration ready for Alan next week and then seeing what fresh vegetables I need to buy with my Tesco voucher.