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February: The month I budget harder and eat pigs cheeks

As you all know, Veganuary had a flying start for me this year but fizzled out before the finish line. As much as the substance of that particular challenge made me a bit grumpy this year, it did lead me to remember how beneficial it is as a blogger to be working to a theme. Before I completely gave up on myself and realised I really couldn’t be bothered (sorry sorry sorry) to do all that planning just to make sure I didn’t faint at my desk, I actually produced some great food. Because I had specific inspiration. This month, a tight budget is essential for me, for various reasons, so I figured I might as well turn it into a blog theme. However, it doesn’t end there.. After some light hearted bullying from Fran of The Graphic Foodie and Rosie of Rosie Posie’s Puddings and Pies (two women I respect and admire greatly) I’ve been convinced to try my hand at more nose to tail eating. I can’t promise I’ll start cooking with blood …

February 2016 Food Photo Challenge

I just remembered that I was going to find a food photo challenge for February that I could do, so I did a cheeky Google and didn’t find anything. I made one myself instead! Three cheers for forgetfulness, spontaneity and free online design tools. If you wanna play, interpret each days theme however you see fit and post your food photo to Instagram or Twitter or Facebook or your next door neighbour’s letterbox with the hashtag #CITKFebFoodChallenge.

Riverford Recipe Box Review

Riverford Recipe Box Review

When the Riverford recipe box arrived, I was immediately majorly keen on the way it was organised. The chilled bits and pieces were to one side in one of those funny reusable woolly things that these boxes always have, and the cupboard ingredients were cleverly sectioned out according to which recipe they belonged to. If I had a bigger kitchen, I would have had the option to just leave the box out all week and not put anything away, and have the ingredients really easily accessible. One point to laziness, it’s looking good so far. I went for an “original” box, which means meat-eater-friendly, cause I was just feeling like it on the day I made that decision. Flexitarianism, people, all freedom all the time. These bubble and squeak cakes were the first recipe I tried and god damn it they were good. They really were delicious, I’m not playing, but they felt like such a hassle to make. It took me a long time, there were a lot of pans involved, the washing up felt …