I achieved a culinary first this month.
Want to guess?
Oh, go on. I bought and cooked fresh fish!
Why let T have all the fishy fun? Besides, I like fish way more than he does; this was way overdue.
While whole fish are pretty affordable, neither of us has the desire (or in my case, skill) to prepare them. And I’m sure as hell not going to pay upward of $20 a kilo for fillets.
So when I saw hoki fillets for an insanely cheap $10/kg recently, I figured it was time to expand my repertoire. It was goooooood. The first time we baked them with butter and herbs, the second time with soy and grated ginger. So easy, so healthy, minimal mess. And while I love seafood, I don’t generally find it very filling – but this hit the spot. Only now am I regretting not snapping a photo! I’ll never make a food blogger…
It also got me thinking about how our shopping habits have changed in the past couple of years. I would never have imagined myself buying any of the following items, but lo and behold:
And on the other hand, for a long time now we’ve basically stopped purchasing:
- instant noodles
- frozen dinners
- ready-made sauces
- frozen stirfry veggie packs (they always have at least one vegetable I hate)
That’s not to say we’re paragons of health. I bake every week and eat something sweet every single day. We buy ice cream and cereal almost every week (so tasty but NOT frugal) and we love the odd ready-made cake mix, block of chocolate, hash brown and bag of chips. But eating more natural foods makes me feel virtuous (mental benefit) and physically healthier.