Day one of my make the most of my money month did not start in an ideal way.
Mainly due to these reasons :
Husband on night shifts
The weather limits my options for activities.
Then its limited further still by being a saturday, I’m not going into a play centre on a rainy saturday for no money.
Husband on nights doesn’t limit my activities but it does mean we have to be vaguely quiet when he is asleep in the day.
After a day of being in nearly all day and rubbish weather yesterday which drove me insane I decided rain or shine we would be going out today.
I chose the zoo. Hear me out on this.
Its nearby. (10 mins)
We have a pass.
For these reasons it wouldn’t of mattered if we were there only 1 hour before it was too cold or wet etc as by having a pass I don’t have to pay admission. Also if we got wet and fed up we could get home speedily.
This pass is £48.99 and regularly reduced by 15%. Considering the entry to the zoo is nearly £20 it seems ludicrous not to have one if you are local ( EVERY mum round here has one). The added bonus is children don’t pay til they are 3 years old.
This zoo also happens to be fantastic which is also a major win.
The ONLY downside, and I’m clutching at straws here is the coffee/ cake/ food departments. They aren’t all that taste/ health or price wise…but no matter when you are being frugal plus I refuse to pay for meals out when I’m ten minutes from home anyway!
We watched the sealions swimming.
Saw a monkey eat his breakfast.
Explored new paths.
Fed the ducks.
Had our snack by the lake.
Fed the goats in the farm and one took a liking to my bag( a compromise as little smiler wanted to feed the giraffes and that wasn’t on for another two hours)
Zoo: £1. I’m guesstimating my pass for price per visit.
Duck food: 11p. Half a pack of sainsburys basics Pitta bread ( we are broadening the ducks bread horizons).
Goat food: 20p
Onto the food.
I microwaved the squash to soften it..I would normally roast it but being out all morning and with a hungry night worker and toddler about I took shortcuts. Having done this I would definitely do it again as I always find chopping up a raw squash a bit dicey!
I chopped this up and popped to one side.
I dissolved a maggi cube in around 800 ml of hot water and also put it to one side.
I softened a chopped onion in a little oil.
I added one cup of rice ( not special risotto rice just cheapy normal rice)
I then added the stock a ladle at a time, until I got bored and shoved the lot in and simmered it gently til the rice was cooked. Adding more hot water if necessary.
When it was nearly done I stirred through the squash and popped some beans on to boil.
Before serving I stirred through a spoon of Greek yoghurt to give it a creaminess. If I don’t have yoghurt sometimes I add a spoon of cream cheese, cream or a bit of grated cheese. I also added a sprinkle of pepper.
I stayed away from the salt because of little smiler but it probably needed it.
I know its not a proper risotto but it tastes lovely and we like it 🙂
I served it with half a pack of green beans and some peas and sweetcorn.
This served us three plus 2 portions for husband to take to work.
Cost. ( all approximate as I get used to pricing meals)
Squash: £1.40. Seems alot but I do love butternut squash.
Stock cube: 10p
Frozen peas and sweetcorn: 10p
Price per portion ( I divided in 4 as I didn’t include smilers piddly portion): 68p