Thursday, 10 July 2014

Ideas for ..... Salmon Fillets

Day  191
Money Spent Today - £0    Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £202.52    Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent in Total - £269.09
Emergency £5 Spent on Butter
Money Earned Through Sale of Food £30.50
Money left in purse  -  £18.98
I cooked four of the salmon fillets that I bought last week at the start of this week.  It's so much easier to do them all at once if you know you want to eat them over the course of the following few days.  The other four are tucked in the freezer.
They were all sprinkled liberally with freshly ground black pepper and then two of them were treated to a drizzle of chilli sauce for extra heat.  Cooked for just 20 minutes wrapped in foil with a dash of water they came out of the Aga succulent and steaming
.Sainsbury's Hot Smoked Sweet Chilli Salmon Fillets (180g)
My pack of four fillets weighing 480g cost me £5, meaning a cost per Kg of £10.42.  I could of course have saved myself time, and the minimal effort of putting them in foil and cooking them, and simply bought these ready cooked chilli salmon fillets for £4.49.  TWO fillets weighing 180g the pair for a cost of £24.94 per Kg ....  more than double the price of mine. 
The choice really is ours these days, do we buy simple food and cook it the way we like it or do we pay through the nose for someone else somewhere in a factory miles away to do it for us?
Of course there are times when it is good to have these pre-prepared foods available to buy, if we are ill for example, elderly or even a family having a spur of the moment day out.  Rather than pay for a fish and chip supper for everyone or that awful dash to MacD's for boxes of polystyrene food with no goodness and minimal taste (except sugar and stodge), AND the knowledge that everyone will be hungry again in two hours and raiding the biscuit stash,.  It would be cheaper to buy a couple of packs of ready cooked salmon a bag of ready washed leaves and a big tub of coleslaw.  Healthy food .... and just as fast and convenient.
As I said the choice is ours.

One of my fillets was eaten straight away with a simple salad ...

.. and the other three went into the fridge in a sealable tub.
I ate one of them last night when I got home from Mum's, with a very simple 'picky tea' of cherry tomatoes and celery sticks dipped in cream cheese.  So simple to do and very, very tasty.  Also surprisingly filling.
One will be for tea tonight with some pasta and I think the last one will be shredded and tipped into a ready made quiche base with some cream, spring onions and a couple of our eggs for the weekend.
It's easy to think of tasty meals if you have the main component waiting happily for you, all ready to be used in the fridge, and even easier to save yourself a lot of money by thinking ahead and reading those shop shelf labels that tell you the price per 100g.
Sue xx


  1. Well said Sue, convenience food has its place, but at a cost whether financially or nutritionally or both. It does us all well to be reminded of this from time to time.

  2. Umm, a little slip in the zeros there, for the plain salmon 1000g (1 kg) would be 10.42, and cooked chili salmon 1 kg for 24.94, but we knew that's what you meant!

    1. Ooops ... well spotted :-)

      And they say fish is good for the brain .... I'd better eat a bit more methinks!!


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