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Old 07.12.2011, 11:44
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Re: Eating on CHF 50 per Week. Is it Possible?

Well I just about managed the week on (almost) CHF50

I started with 1 chicken and some sliced Prix Garantie ham (open it, pour off the liquid and let it dry out a bit in the fridge and it's quite usable), 2.5L Milk and 14 yoghurts (Mrs TD and I have a yoghurt apiece for breakfast), 1Kg of white flour and a cube of yeast, some cherry tomatoes, carrots, celeriac, potatoes, lambs lettuce (Nussli Salat), fresh spinach and parsnips (from a farm shop). The whole lot came in at about 51CHF

In the stores cupboard were cooking fat (butter and oils), pasta, herbs and spices, golden syrup and suet (from the UK). I had some salad dressing and some cheese in the fridge (standard "on stock" supplies). I didn't include coffee (beverage, not food)

From the chicken I got:
Stock (for soup and risotto)
2 chicken legs (removed before making stock)
2 chicken breasts (removed before making stock)
Chicken meat scraps (from chicken carcass after making stock)

I made two large loafs of bread (approx 800g - 1Kg each) from the flour, yeast and 700mL of the milk and used some butter, some golden syrup and salt from the stores cupboard (it's a great Michel Roux Recipe)

So the main meals were (in no particular order):
  • Hearty vegetable soup with parsley dumplings
  • Baked potatoes with butter, cheese and a Lamb's Lettuce salad
  • Risotto alla Milanese (made with real saffron)
  • Marinated and grilled chicken legs served with parsnip mash and wilted spinach
  • Käse Schnitte (ham, cheese and bread) and Lamb's Lettuce salad
  • Chicken ballotine (using the chicken breasts stuffed with spinach and a slice of ham and then poached) on a celeriac puree with carrots
  • Spaghetti Olio, Aglio e Peperoncini
Lunches were sandwiches (home made bread) with either a ham or chicken salad (chicken scraps, mayo, finely chopped spring onion seasoned and mixed together) filling with some cherry tomatoes.


Breakfast was always a yoghurt, slice of bread and meat and coffee (not through lack of ingredients, but due to choice - I always like to have the same breakfast every day).


I suppose I did cheat a bit, having some ingredients "in the cupboard", but even so, even if I had to buy the stuff I used from stock I don't reckon it would add that much to the weekly bill (all the cheese I used would have added about 6CHF to the bill).



Now, I'm off to buy a tin of Sevruga and a bottle of Roederer Crystal to celebrate my frugality


TD
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Now, I'm off to buy a tin of Sevruga and a bottle of Roederer Crystal to celebrate my frugality
But that's the point of this game right?
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Re: Eating on CHF 50 per Week. Is it Possible?

The forest is a natural larder if you know what you are looking for, look for a cheap survival Ebook.

Also you could try getting a few chickens yourself, you can keep them on your balcony if you don't have a garden, they eat scraps so they are cheap to keep, if they don't feed you you can feed on them
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The forest is a natural larder if you know what you are looking for, look for a cheap survival Ebook.

Also you could try getting a few chickens yourself, you can keep them on your balcony if you don't have a garden, they eat scraps so they are cheap to keep, if they don't feed you you can feed on them
Highly unlikely you'll be able to keep chickens on your balcony. But I like your thinking.
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Highly unlikely you'll be able to keep chickens on your balcony. But I like your thinking.
I live in the country, the lady next door has some on hers, animals are more accepted out here because I'm sure a bloody elephant lives upstairs
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Highly unlikely you'll be able to keep chickens on your balcony. But I like your thinking.
You just have to ask for permission from the landlord:
"Sir, would it be possible to keep some birds in the flat, or rather on the balcony? They're very quite"
"Sure, no problem, go ahead"

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I live in the country, the lady next door has some on hers, animals are more accepted out here because I'm sure a bloody elephant lives upstairs
You live in "the country" in Vevey? Vevey is not the country. LOL. Our house is in the country behind you but in the wrong zone. So, no chickens for us.
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Re: Eating on CHF 50 per Week. Is it Possible?

As a Londoner 'Switzerland' is in the country
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