“Things are different today,
I hear ev’ry mother say
Cooking fresh food for a husband’s just a drag
So she buys an instant cake
and she burns her frozen steak…”
(Mother’s Little Helper: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards)
Ever felt like that? As a busy parent, you get points of overwhelming tiredness, and when you’re faced with the added pressure of living on a tight food budget (of just £50 per week for a family of 4, in my case), it can be so easy to rely on cheap processed foods to get you through the day. But, before long, you can see that these foods are not so great for your health and for weight control, and you really don’t want your kids eating this stuff for the rest of their lives believing these sub-standard foods are ‘the norm’.
Well, that’s where I got to not so long ago. I decided enough was enough and felt determined to feed my family the best foods possible on a tight budget. And so my mission began. My mission – using this blog for accountability – is to:
- Learn how to eat healthily (properly – not from what the media tells me!) and balance my budget whilst I do so.
- Devise weekly 7-day menus for my family that amount to no more than £50 per week.
- Create a useful resource – in the form of this blog – to log everything I learn.
- And of course… to share this information with anyone who can benefit from it.
I work for the UK’s most successful diet company – so that gives me a head start nutrition-wise, but I want to know more about diet and nutrition. Much more. So, whenever I discover something new about health, nutrition, and what ‘they’ put into foods I thought were actually healthy, I’ll add it to this blog for all to see. And, each time I create a new healthy 7-day menu for my family, I’ll add it on here so that you too can benefit from my learning if you’re in need of menu inspiration or you simply don’t have the time to create one yourself.
What do you need help with?
- Weekly 7-day menus for your family that amount to no more than £50 per week.
- All about food – Where it comes from, what they put into it, how it gets from farm to fork, and why it should be organic, fair trade, local and seasonal.
- Eating healthily – My discoveries on what foods are best for us and what portions they should be served in, how best to cook and store foods, myth-busting on foods the media have convinced us are ‘healthy’, and any other health concerns when it comes to cooking and eating healthily.
- Simple recipes – together with a ‘cost per meal’, and cost of cooking.
- Making life easier – problem solving when it comes to fitting healthy food and extra cooking into a busy lifestyle.
- Honest reviews – book reviews, course reviews (from great courses I’ve attended like Love Food Hate Waste, CAPmoney and the Open University) and reviewing time-saving labour-saving gadgets that I’ve invested in from the money I’m saving on not buying processed foods.
- Shopping tips – tactics that help me beat the supermarkets at their own game so I can keep my hard-earned cash in my pocket, not theirs!
- Ebooks – whenever I have enough information on a particular subject, I’ll package it up into an ebook – great for you as you’ll have everything in one place at a super-cheap price of just £2, and great for me as it’ll help me to afford the hosting costs for this blog.
Or do you simply want to find out what the very latest posts are to discover even more food for thought?
(Of course, if there’s something you’re looking for that’s not here, do let me know!)
Why Lady Choppington?
Have you ever felt that you’re running a “Mum-cafe” in your own home? I honestly felt that I was continuously chopping, preparing, cooking and washing up for the better part of the day – and when I wasn’t doing that, I was busy organising the next meal (despite having twin toddlers permanently clamped to my legs for most of the time!). With young kids who need regular healthy snacks between meals, I was admittedly getting a wee bit grumpy. My husband joked that I should be re-named “Lady Choppington” – partly because my mad unruly hair kind-of resembled Lady Tottington from my kids favourite Wallace and Gromit film (“Hey Mummy – look! It’s you!”), and partly because every time hubby enters the kitchen I’m literally chopping food! And so, the name stuck – he, he!
Getting in touch
Living on a tight budget and blogging is quite a challenge. I use a 10yr old laptop with no battery (which I literally swear-by time and time again!), and a PAYG phone – but they do the job. I’m also a busy Mum juggling work, kids and blogging – but I do endevour to reply to all correspondence as soon as I can. Please give me a few days to get back to you, so if you’d like to contact me by email, you can do so here.
How I worked out the ‘cost of cooking’ on my recipes
The cost of cooking on each recipe on my blog needs to be taken as a guide – although I believe it’ll be fairly accurate. To work it all out, I’ve taken the wattage from my own appliances and I’ve used the prices from my own gas and electricity supplier – with electricity at 0.174p per minute. Gas is a little more tricky, as the best guide I can find (from confusedaboutenergy.co.uk) is “4p per use”, but with no indication of how long a ‘use’ is and how big the gas ring is! Therefore, for my gas hob, I’m estimating that the gas used is 1p per minute.
Ads on this site
To keep costs rock-bottom on my blog, I use wordpress.com. This means that you may see the odd advert appearing in-between paragraphs in some posts. Unfortunately, there’s nothing I can do about these and it’s up to you if you want to click on them. On the other hand, I do occasionally add affiliate links onto this website, where – if you click on the link and make a purchase – I’ll get a teeny percentage from that purchase, and that’ll help me no-end with my website hosting costs. But I must stress that any products I do link to are genuinely loved by me and aren’t there to tempt you into spending cash you don’t have. Thanks in advance for your support.