The spreadsheet shopping list – sad or what?

My sad-but-true shopping spreadsheet

This probably speaks volumes about my character… but I have a shopping list spreadsheet. I didn’t think this was anything unusual but other shoppers (in Waitrose, where else?) have been know to exclaim “what a great idea”, so I thought it was time to come out and share it.

A few years ago I became conscious that I was throwing unacceptable amounts of food in the waste bin. One solution was to start composting, which I did, but the main problem was that when I shop on a Saturday, I allow myself to be enticed by all the lovely seasonal ingredients and buy far more than can be reasonably cooked during the following week.

So I created an Excel spreadsheet with a list of all the ingredients I would be likely to need, both fresh and store cupboard. Each Saturday morning, before shopping, I work out what meals to cook for the next few days, and tick off on my list what to buy. This means I don’t buy lots of what I don’t need. It works brilliantly.

I also chalk up the week’s meals on a blackboard in my kitchen … but that’s another story.

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  1. Hello Mary,
    I hope you don’t mind me butting in – Colin just mentioned your new venture so I’ve spent lunch reading your posts. Really interesting! I’m definitely going to try your granola and the shopping list sounds like a great idea too, though I usually leave them on the table.
    I love Yotam Ottolenghi – I recently impressed my Italian friends with his butter bean pureé with dukkah: http: //
    you probably know it, it was in the Guardian last year.
    Anyway, look forward to more reading soon.
    Buon pomeriggio!

    1. Hi Julia
      It’s lovely to hear from you. I’ll certainly try the butter bean recipe. I’m working my way through his first book and there isn’t a recipe that I haven’t enjoyed.
      Perhaps we could swap recipes? You could send me one of your favourite Italian dishes.

      1. good idea Mary – I’ll have a think and send you something
        a presto!

  2. I really seem to agree with almost everything that was in fact composed throughout “The spreadsheet shopping
    list – sad or what? Freshly made, every day”.
    Thanks a lot for all of the information.Thanks a lot,Zara

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