How's your Cost of Living going?

Hmmmm…. You know what I find impressive…. All you blokes talking about your recipes and cooking…. I wish my ole man was a bit clever cooking and cook me a meal occasionally …. I’ve been the chief cook and bottle washer forever!

Anyway…. Watching better homes and gardens on tv recently, Karen Martini did this old family recipe of her mum…spag bowl but with milk and wine and I can’t imagine how it will taste… so I found the recipe online and will try it out soon.
It’s called Ragu alla bolognaise
I moved in with my dad during covid. I've always been a cook, but trying to cook for him is when I set out to be *good* at it.
 

DreamRyderX

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Are you feeling the pinch of rising gas, electricity, food, interest rates.....? How are you, colleagues, friends and acquaintances handling it? Your story might help someone else...
I always see my glass as 1/2 full, rather than 1/2 empty.....

I don't know anyone truly destitute......All our friends & family, both here & Stateside seem to be doing ok.....some better than others....

Personally, we don't use gas & our last electric bill was about 5% less than last years for the same quarterly period, as was the quarter before that....just a shade over $400 (which breaks down to about $100 per month give or take).

Having 2 large freezers for meats & other goods than can be frozen has served us well for the last 2 years. We bought our second freezer when I saw what happened when covid hit. I knew I had to plan for the future. Outside of the basic food stuffs (breads, milk, eggs, etc) we're set full for the next 4-6 months......

As far as interest rates......they have no affect on us.....We always, always pay cash....either cash in hand or via debit cards, & we never borrow......haven't borrowed a penny for over 25 years....no credit cards, nothing.

Our home is free & clear of debt.....as were the last 3 homes I own, or have owned, in the past 38 years.....The very last time I took out a home loan it was about 16.5% in the early 80's.....it was a 30 year fixed rate loan.....never any of those 'make the banks rich' adjustable rate loans for me.....they're for suckers.

Economically, we are sitting comfortable, so to date the state of the economy hasn't affected us to much (I must say really hated paying $11 for that head of lettuce a while back). Sure petrol is dear the past few months, & so is diesel, but if it's got to be, it is what it is.

Like I say, my glass is 1/2 full.

Sorry to hear some of you aren't fairing so well, but eventually it will all even out......it always does........
 
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johnsmith

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You know what I find impressive…. All you blokes talking about your recipes and cooking…. I wish my ole man was a bit clever cooking and cook me a meal occasionally …. I’ve been the chief cook and bottle washer forever!

I'll never forgive my mum for tricking me with that one

'Johnnie, you gotta get marry', she said

'finda a nica girl to cooka an cleana for you' she said

bahhhh, now I'm married I find I have to cook and clean for the wife:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
 

mothra

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Even as a vego family, i reckon the weekly shop has gone up 20-30 dollars over the last couple of months. And i'm only buying fresh produce that is in season, mostly at the farmer's market.

But avocados are well cheap, so there is that.
 
Even as a vego family, i reckon the weekly shop has gone up 20-30 dollars over the last couple of months. And i'm only buying fresh produce that is in season, mostly at the farmer's market.

But avocados are well cheap, so there is that.
Yeah, this is why I am making tacos a bit :)
 

HBS Guy

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Oh yeah?

I must buy (EVERYTHING got packed up by my magnificent younger sister, I am lucky not to be bubble wrapped!) an orange juicer, the hand operated type—I picked a heap of blood oranges when last at the old house. The juice is fantastic, better than normal orange juice! I also need an egg cup! :smirk :smirk :smirk Blood oranges store well in the fridge. Will pick more next time I am at the house.
 
I LOVE blood orange juice. A blood and sand made with blood orange juice is called a bloody blood and sand and it is DELICIOUS

I used to make blood orange curd every year as well. A blood orange tart is a good idea but I've not quite done that yet
 
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