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What we bought, spent and ate this week

Saturday, 25 January 2020
Hello Dear Reader,

On Wednesday Lovely Hubby went for a drive up to our favourite camping spot to see how it is looking since it was closed for refurbishment and regeneration last year. We know the managers well and they were only too happy to let LH into the park for a look around.  He scoped out and booked a good site for us, one that has no shade so that our solar panels will be exposed to the sun all day. The solar panels run the fridge, lights and water pump in the camper trailer. Luckily we have a large canvas canopy that attaches to the camper trailer for sun protection.

Of course he took his fishing rod too and was lucky enough to catch 7 lovely Whiting to add to the freezer (7 whiting make 1 meal for us). Along with the 7 Whiting he caught lot of Dart which are a menace and not very good eating, but at least he caught a feed of our favourite fish, they will be on the menu next week. All the Dart were thrown back to live another day, they are a hardy fish and are very greedy, even the tiniest Dart will have a go at your bait.

It's been a sweltering hot week with lots of humidity, afternoon storms and most importantly, rain, our tanks are full and the garden soil is wet for the first time in a long time. I haven't been riding to work as it just too hot, I know riding to work was one of my goals this year but even the walk from the car is a challenge. As soon as it cools a little I will get back on my bike, a little exercise everyday helps me fit into my uniform, it is getting a little snug again!

Now on with the food we had at Chez SHI this week-

What we bought

The Aldi Shop

Fruit and Veg from the Northside Discount Fruit Barn

A couple of items from Coles

What we spent
Northside Discount Fruit Barn-$22.36

What we ate 

Friday-Watties Baked Beans on Toast

Saturday-Chicken and Leek Pies

Sunday-Family Dinner, we went to Yum Cha on Sunday with our Daughter and SIL at the Aspley Oriental Restaurant, while there we noticed they had an Asian BBQ store, so we bought some Char Siu and Siu Yuk and invited all the kids around for dinner. We also popped into the Asian grocery store there and picked up a few things we regularly use.

Monday-Cold Roast Pork Rolls

Tuesday-Cold Roast Lamb Rolls

Wednesday-Prawn Stir Fry

Thursday-Cheesy Corn Cakes with grilled bacon and creamy Avo. These delicious corn cakes were made in my Kmart Pie Maker, it's the best $29 I've ever spent. I think I will be making a new label on my blog soon-Kmart Pie Maker Recipes!

Over to you, what did you make for dinners this week?

Have a lovely day,

Four Years Ago-Homemade Peanut Butter 


  1. Hi Fiona,

    WOW what a great budget for your week!
    The heat and humidity are just horrid!!! I can’t wait for Autumn/Winter. Funny thing though I used to love it!

    Our dinners this week...
    Sat- Homemade fish and chips
    Sun- Zucchini fritters, sweet potato chips, fried egg
    Mon- Homemade chicken Switzerland wraps with avocado, lettuce, mayo and sirracha sauce
    Tue- Curried chicken and rice
    Wed- Sausages, potato salad, salad
    Thur- Homemade hamburgers
    Fri- Shop bought ravioli and garlic bread (I work a 10hr day on Friday’s so it has to be quick and easy)

    Our total food cost was $173.32 for 4 people. Hubby has been away all week. It’s a lot lower than usual, but I did a lot of using up bits and pieces from the freezer. Next weeks will probably be a lot higher!

    1. Chicken Switzerland! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
      Bloody autocorrect!
      Schnitzel ๐Ÿ˜‚
      I’ll be laughing about that for years now, I might even rename it chicken Switzerland, it has quite a ring too it! LOL

    2. Hi Cheryl,
      You know I did wonder what Chicken Switzerland was, it sounded very exotic๐Ÿ˜‚You made me laugh so much! The heat and humidity has been just awful, I too can't wait till it starts cooling down. Have a lovely long weekend.

  2. This humidity has been unbearable this week even for us Queenslanders....loving the rain and the lawns have gone from brown to green. Kathy

    1. Hi Kathy,
      I agree the rain has done wonders for our tiny bit of lawn out the front, it is now so green and the damage done by the lawn grub is almost gone. I think I have become too soft from too much air conditioning at work, my tolerance for humidity is zilch these days. Hope you have a lovely Australia Day with you family.

  3. Oh, hasn't it been muggy, Fi. I think it would be easy to melt into a puddle in this humidity!! We've had salads at our place all week, versions if wombok salad and brown rice salad with mango. Too hot for anything else! Meg:)

    1. Hi Meg,
      I made a big potato salad yesterday to have with a few meals this week, it's the creamy dill potato salad and we love it so much. Funnily enough today I am going to make a big pot of chicken, leek and corn soup, yes I must be crazy! I am making it as yesterday I pulled out the rest of the leeks from our garden as the pumpkin vines are taking over. We'll have to eat the soup in the air conditioning with the fan going! Hope your Australia Day is lovely.

  4. Glad your water tanks are full. I sympathize about the humidity - I used to live in South East Asia and the humidity made me feel like a wet rag.
    This has been an unusual week because of my birthday but we had pork chops, roasties, veg etc, roast chicken and trimmings etc, meal out with friends, chicken stir fry and noodles, spaghetti Bolognese and another meal out for my birthday with different friends. When all the lovely celebrations are over I need to cut back again.
    Have a lovely weekend.

    1. Hi Penny,
      Yes the humidity really makes you feel miserable doesn't? Happy Birthday darling! I hope you had a lovely time with your family and friends. Today is Australia Day so the public holiday is tomorrow, making a lovely long weekend. Hope you weekend is lovely too.

  5. It's been really cold and damp here for a while now. Not sure what is worse though, humidity or cold damp. I would be interested in some pie maker recipes if you have time to post them.

    1. Hi Cherie,
      I am well and truly over this heat and humidity, I think I am less tolerant of the heat now because I spend so much time in air conditioning! I am posting the chicken and leek pie recipe on Tuesday and the fold over technique tomorrow, look out for them. Have a lovely weekend.