For some unknown reason, yesterday our local Co-op had a load of their own-brand organic eggs heavily reduced. The display-until date was November 6th but the best-before date is not until November 12th. I'm guessing good old 'elf and safety' regulations may have something to do with why they were selling them off so cheaply when they are good to eat for another week. Whatever the reason, I was delighted to be able to buy half-a-dozen for only 99p instead of the usual £2.10.
I know I could buy non-organic, non-free-range eggs at 99p a half-dozen all the time but eggs are something I really would not want to eat unless they are free-range at the very least, and preferably organic to boot. I'm the same with chicken - if it ain't at least free-range, we ain't eating it. I just would not feel comfortable eating chicken or eggs from battery-farmed sources - no matter how cheap it might be - I'd rather have a vegetarian meal instead.
Anyhoo, the 99p eggs coupled with a bag of peppers, a tin of tomatoes and an onion made a very cheap evening meal of Chachouka. (And very tasty it was too though the eggs were just a tad over-cooked as I got carried away watching Jamie's 15-Minute Meals on Channel 4+1, ahem!!) Served with some part-baked crusty bread from Aldi, I reckon the total cost of an evening meal for the two of us was somewhere around £2.00. As I'm always in total awe of those bloggers out there who manage to feed their families for around £1.00 per head day in, day out, I was really pleased to have managed - most unusually - to pull this off myself. Seriously, I don't know how people manage to do that so successfully - I cook every meal from scratch, a lot of it is vegetarian and I shop mainly in Aldi, but I'd hate to tell you how much our food bills are these days. It's frankly scary!!