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Values I admire in my Parents

old couple walking while holding hands

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Today, I want to focus on my parents and the values they have imparted in me that I admire and hope to replicate with my children.

  1. Their work ethic. My parents inspired my sisters and I to work hard, to be our best and not to be limited by gender, our circumstances or other life setbacks. They themselves came from such humble beginnings and accomplished so much that by their actions and choices, you were inspired to try your best.
  2. Their relationship with money. As far as I know, my parents never bought anything on credit. If they couldn’t save and get it, they did not get it. Also, to save all your money, save even if you have no immediate plans, just save.
  3. Family first. My sisters and I always knew (know) that we were important and that we mattered to them, that they gave us their best and withheld nothing from us. They loved and even, liked us, and we never doubted this. We are our parents best investment and choice and there is something comforting in that.
  4. I love that their parenting style did not require them to compare any of us. To them, we are unique, we are individuals and each success was celebrated on its own and each failure dealt with separately. As a result, all five of us are friends and continue to do the same thing with each other to date.
  5. Faith and the role of God. He is over and above all things, always has and always has been.
  6. Choice. Marry when you want, there is no pressure to marry or in fact conform because we are women. Study what you want at school – whether Physics or Home science. Learn how to slaughter a chicken or change a tyre, just because you are only girls, you still need to know.
  7. A love for books. Yes!!!



Sunday Reads

  1. Interesting read on how running a cartel is similar to a legit business.
  2. Another premie story that also broke my heart but is so well written.
  3. Well documented studies that argue for mindful eating and some common blinders to look out for.
  4. Grown up milkshakes anyone?
  5. How we can learn to be more frugal from the poor.

Monthly menus: September

This month, I intend to cook:

Pasta tuna bake with cauliflower/broccoli with lemon Dessert: Malva pudding

Butternut and lentil curry with plain rice

Grilled lemony fish fillets, potatoes and stir fried vegetables Dessert: Custardy Apple cake

PS: The ice cream making is on pause because I don’t have freezer space!

Monthly menus: August

Following up from this post about how to save on your cooking budget and ensure that you eat healthy at the same time.

A key part of preparing that shopping list is item (4) i.e pre-planning meals for the upcoming month and then determining whether those ingredients are available/ if they must be bought with that months shopping. As you know I love to write lists and so I have a rough list showing all the different categories of foods I like to eat and then I can mix and match as necessary so it lists carbs, vegetables and proteins.

For the month of August, this is what I have in store to cook. With time, I shall start to take pictures and a re-cap of what works and what doesn’t.

Pasta with chicken livers and bacon (and herbs) & cabbage with mustard seeds.

Roasted vegetables with couscous. Dessert: Coconut and Cardamom Pannacotta 

Potato Bake & Roasted butternut.  Dessert: Fresh Spearmint Ice cream and Vanilla frozen Yoghurt

Baked mushroom risottoDessert: Orange self-saucing pudding

Happy eating!



How to: Pre-plan meals

In this day and age of rising food prices, its important to try and save a quick buck on meals without compromising on the nutritive value. Below, this is how I go about thinking of cooking meals, both at the shopping level, actual cooking and there in between.

  1. Have a list of quick and favourite meals that can be made quickly and that are a firm favourite with the family.
  2. Stock your pantry with certain standard/”go-to” ingredients. These will vary from household to household, mine include: baked beans, pasta, rice, nuggets, cereal, cheese and cream.
  3. Use a “master” shopping list to quickly determine what’s missing and what you need to include in your shopping list. This way you can shop in one go and not miss out on key things. This minimises time spent shopping later in the month. However, for items such as milk, bread and certain fruits, it would be necessary to purchase those on a weekly basis.
  4. Think through the up-coming meals for the month. There is many ways to do this: (a)  cook for the week, freeze extra portions in case you are tired and can’t cook that week; (b)  alternatively, cook the more difficult meals in advance and do the lighter bits – vegetables and salads – on the main day.
  5. Re-use left over meals and adapt them into new meals, for instance, remaking  chicken into a salad. Finish all cooked meals, making nothing new until all the food is complete.
  6. Regularly sweep through the pantry and come up with innovative meals using some of those ingredients.
  7. Eat out often, try new meals at home in a bid to obtain greater variety and flexibility.
  8. Freeze vegetables and herbs as they will still be as good as new whenever you need to use them. Do this for: tomatoes, peas, peppers and other herbs. Prepare ingredients such as ginger and garlic in advance to save on time.
  9. Invest in sufficient containers to store food.
  10. Share the cooking responsibility to make it fun and less of a drudge.

How do you go around saving time and money in the kitchen?