"Apart from a general sense of weariness, punctuated by occasional lust for a bacon sarnie with brown sauce, I feel reasonably plausible"
This describes 90% of my waking moments.
It's day four of my "Live Below the Line" challenge to survive for five days on just a fiver for nosh, and while things are going well overall, I fear a storm is brewing. Since Monday I've been subsisting on a diet comprising pretty much just fried egg butties, chickpea stew, rice and tea - livened up with the results of some …
Are you allowed to purchase dry-goods in bulk in advance? I buy rice, beans, flour and polenta/grits in 50/lb bags as a matter of course ...
I'm pretty certain that the Wife & I can eat for a month on about US$40 in purchased supplies. I doubt we break US$75 very often as it is.
All our herbs, meat, veg & dairy is farmed on-site ... As is our wine & beer & bread. I make my own salt from seawater. My coffee & her tea are exceptions ... but I do buy my coffee green & roast it myself. Somewhat strangely, the IRS insists that my time is valueless ;-)
"If you buy in advance you could then plant it."
I do. My veggie garden is about 28 acres :-)
"If you get enough you can produce your own food and nearly eat for free.
It's not "free", per se ... I have equipment, soil conditioning, feed, vet & fuel costs. But it's a hell of a lot cheaper than US$1.99/lb potatoes and US$4.99 tomatoes. This evening, we (me, wife, foreman, wife) enjoyed an italian/scots/american variation of Bistecca alla Fiorentina, cut from one of my Belted Galloway steers about 5 weeks ago. At 3 pounds, and 4 weeks of dry aging, Sonoma Market would happily sell me one for about US$90. My total cost was probably no more than about six bucks.
"If you get too much you will become a farmer and have to mortgage yourself to the hilt just to let the supermarkets take it away."
Nah. I consign quite a bit to a local fruit stand. I also give a lot of it away to locals in need.
Now we know the real reason why Lester was digging a big hole last year!
Incidentally, while tracking down that article, I came across another of Lester's that might come in handy, although I think even these will be straining at the seams...
Surprisingly (to the uninformed) mixing flatulence producing items reduces the output rather than increasing it.
Cabbage and beans both cause a touch of wind in me - but combining the two results in boring lift journeys.
I would recommend, from the heart of my bottom, a large coleslaw made with a green savoy cabbage next time the boss persuades you to take your car on that long trip when the finance director has just cut mileage again!
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