Bargain Betty

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The “Feeding Michael” project


My brother Michael is arriving this Sunday to stay for a fortnight. Michael is a fully fledged member of the  Men in Lycra brigade. He teaches 6am spin classes, cycles to and from work, which can be anywhere in Sydney, and then spends his evenings at the local Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club.

Needless to say, he consumes as many calories a day as a small army of teenagers.  It dawned on me this week that I was going to need to re-stock the pantry big-time, after my pantry project.

But just what do you feed this calorie monster is my question? So I thought I’d throw the question open and ask my readers for recipes and suggestions for the “Feeding Michael” project.

Your say: please share your recipes and tips on feeding Michael and/or teenagers

More on soccer boots


Standing on the side of the midgets soccer pitch last week I commented to another mother that her boy had new soccer boots. (Something to pass the time). Oh yes, she said.  She’d got a real “bargain” apparently. They were reduced to $100 she told me.  My eyebrow nearly popped through my hairline, but I said nothing.

I pay $2-$5 for a pair of soccer boots – the same Nike brand as her son’s.  They do exactly the same job.  I usually buy a couple of pairs in the same size so my son can choose between them.  The source? School fairs or garage sales. What’s more, I’m fussy. I only buy boots that are showing no wear.

One day my boy will demand new ones. But until then, I’m not spending any money unless I have to. He’s chuffed with the boots he gets.

Conquest of the day


My son’s soccer boots have lost yet another stud.  Replacement studs only cost $1.80. But now that my supply has run out, I have to go up to Takapuna again (read $3-$5 petrol + my time) to get some more.  Or do I?

Last night I went into the loft and got down a pair of boots I have in reserve for next year (that’s another blog posting) and simply removed a stud from one boot and put it on his existing boot.

That of course leaves me with a stud missing from next year’s boot. So today, I picked up a pair of second hand little kids soccer boots  for $1 – and have removed the studs.  So now I have 12 spares, for $1 in total, and less time/petrol that it would involve going to Stirling Sports.