I made my husband steak with mushrooms for Valentine’s Day dinner last night*. It might not sound like the most frugal dinner, but I bought a package of 5 flank steaks for â‚¬4.48 and four large mushrooms for â‚¬.88. I cut one of the larger steaks in half, for the two boys, and immediately chopped two of the steaks into strips, which I stuck in the freezer for a future stirfry. I then marinated the steaks in a soy sauce and red wine mix.
I also made garlic mashed potatoes, garlic bread and waldorf salad. For dessert, I splurged and bought a Black Forest cake, in the shape of a heart, mostly because I knew I wouldn’t have time to make my own. I estimate I spent â‚¬18 on food, including the cake but I consider the cost to be spread out. We have enough leftovers for today’s lunch for two, and tonight’s dinner (shepards pie) for five, not to mention the meat in the freezer for a future meal.
My husband bought me a rose; he spent â‚¬3.50! He said it was the cheapest one he could find, some were going for â‚¬6. This is what happens after seven years of marriage boys and girls; you get a flower and spend half an hour talking about the economics of St Valentine’s Day, instead of half an hour making out on the couch!
*It was all the more romantic considering that I hate mushrooms.