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Hillbilly Housewife-cooking on a budget

Posted by on Sep 11, 2010 in Blog Posts | 2 comments

Cooking on a budget ideas…

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  1. familyfeedingdynamics

    fascinating, thanks for this! Is food that much more expensive in Australia? Don't know. Wonder if cornmeal is cheaper as it is SO heavily subsidized here. WHAT IS RENDANG!!??? I'd love any recipes you might like to share, do you have a good Pho recipe? It's M's favorite!
    good thinking on the ration books.

  2. lady-noodle

    Because I was bored this afternoon, i put that shopping list into the two main Australian supermarket online shopping trolleys, and they both came out at about $123, that's about $110 US dollar, I think. At Aldi, it would be about $80 AUD.

    But adjusting it for local (and my!) tastes and products, it could be cheaper still, because all those cornmeal-based foods would be replaced by pasta, which is about $1.50/kg – cornmeal or polenta is about $3.80/kg. Maseca for making tortillas is $5/kg!

    So I would subsitute all the southwestern style food for Meditteranean, Indian, or South East Asian food. Chickpea/kidney bean/lentil curry, Thai vegetable and tofu curry, pasta dishes, rice pilau, fried rice, rendang (even the toughest cuts of beef turn out meltingly tender in this), rice-noodle soups, etc. Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) is a good way to make a tiny amount of meat go a long way.

    For people who prefer Anglo food, 1940s ration book recipes are often a good source.