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Old 24-03-2008, 5:39 PM
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Default Show Jamie How To Cook On A Budget Champagne Contest

Update Note 8 April 08

What's this all about?

A fortnight ago, I set a challenge, to come up with the best family recipe for under a for well under a fiver; in response to Jamie Olivers new campaign at Sainsbury.

Masses of recipe ideas for you...

If you read down, and through this thread, you'll see scores of superb entries, and great recipe ideas; perfect for keeping cooking cheap and nutritious. Huge thanks to all who took the time to put in their recipes.

As I'm not a big foodie myself, I picked some of the connoisseurs from the MSE team and got them to go through the recipes.

The winner costs under £5 for three courses...

The winner chosen by the team was MoneySaverKjenid's Indian style takeaway. It costs less than a fiver for all 3 courses' ingredients and if she used all the ingredients bought at once she believes it would make six more meals' worth!

The recipe's copied below. Congratulations jenid! Plus, the judges were also impressed with tazz233's recipe for home made burgers and have decided to award a signed copy of Martin's book Thrifty Ways as second prize!

Here's her recipe in full, followed by the original contest details...

Jenid's winning post and recipe...

"OK, this is only my 2nd post so please have patience with me! Here’s 3 courses that will feed 4 - 6. We’re normally too full to have a desert but I thought I should include one as everyone else has!

STARTER - Lamb Koftas & chutneys
MAIN - Yellow split pea & coconut dhal
Spicy potatoes
Rice
DESERT - Lemon curd ice cream

LAMB KOFTAS WITH CHUTNEYS

KOFTAS

Ingredients

400g minced lamb £0.84 (Tesco Value Minced Lamb 800g £1.68)
3tsp medium curry powder £0.08 (Tesco Medium Curry Powder 80g £0.85)
2tsp finely grated ginger £0.11 (Ginger root loose £0.33)
2 cloves crushed garlic £0.05 (Tesco Garlic each £0.35)
1 small onion grated £0.04 (Tesco Value Onions 2 Kg £0.78)

TOTAL £1.12

Instructions

Mix all the ingredients together. If you have metal or wooden skewers then take the mixture and shape around the end in a sausage shape, if not then just shape them into sausage shapes. They should make at least 12. Chill for at least 30 minutes or until you are ready to cook the main course. When ready to eat then either cook on a griddle or under a grill for 8 - 10 minutes.

CHUTNEYS

Ingredients

5g chopped Fresh Coriander £0.14 (Fresh Coriander 25g £0.69)
125g chopped Cherry Tomatoes £0.34 (Cherry Tomatoes 250g Pack £0.68)
½ small finely chopped onion £0.02 (Tesco Value Onions 2 Kg £0.78)
½ jar mango chutney £0.39 (Tesco Spicy Mango Chutney 230g £0.78)

TOTAL £0.89

Instructions

Mix tomatoes, coriander & onion to make a chutney. Serve with mango chutney & Lamb Koftas.

YELLOW SPLIT PEA AND COCONUT DHAL

Ingredients

1 sachet creamed coconut £0.10 (Pataks sachets x 4 £0.38)
600ml veg stock (one cube) £0.02 (Tesco 10 Value Veg Stock Cubes £0.19)
250g yellow split peas £0.20 (Tesco Yellow Split Peas 500g £0.39)
2tsp finely grated ginger £0.11 (Ginger root loose £0.33)
2 cloves crushed garlic £0.05 (Tesco Garlic each £0.35)
2 onions finely chopped £0.08 (Tesco Value Onions 2 Kg £0.78)
1tsp garam masala £0.05 (Tesco Garam Masala Spice Blend 38g £0.85)
1tsp ground turmeric £0.04 (Tesco Ground Turmeric 45g £0.68)
1tsp ground cumin £0.04 (Tesco Ground Cumin 45g £0.68)
1tsp ground coriander £0.04 (Tesco Ground Coriander36g £0.68)
2tbsp cooking oil £0.03 (Tesco Pure Vegetable Oil 1 Litre £0.98)

TOTAL £0.76

Instructions

Gently fry the onion, ginger and garlic until soft. Add the spices and fry for a minute, then add the yellow split peas and cook for another minute. Add the stock and coconut and bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 50 minutes until the peas are soft but not mushy. If the mixture gets too dry during cooking add some more water.

SPICY POTATOES

Ingredients

500g potatoes, boiled £0.23 (Cornish White Potatoes 2.5kg £1.12)
2tsp finely grated ginger £0.11 (Ginger root loose £0.33)
1tsp garam masala £0.05 (Tesco Garam Masala Spice Blend 38g £0.85)
1tsp ground turmeric £0.04 (Tesco Ground Turmeric 45g £0.68)
1tsp ground cumin £0.04 (Tesco Ground Cumin 45g £0.68)
1tsp ground coriander £0.04 (Tesco Ground Coriander 36g £0.68)
1tsp salt £0.01 ?
2tbsp cooking oil £0.03 (Tesco Pure Vegetable Oil 1 Litre £0.98)
5g chopped Fresh Coriander £0.14 (Fresh Coriander 25g £0.69)

TOTAL £0.69

Instructions

Cut the potatoes into medium size chunks and gently heat the oil. Add the ginger and spices to the oil and stir well, add the potatoes and fry gently until lightly golden. Stir through the coriander and serve.

Serve with 400g rice £0.27 (Tesco Easy Cook Long Grain Rice 2kg £1.35
Cook the rice according to instructions.

LEMON CURD ICE CREAM (best made at least the day before)

Ingredients

Tin of custard £0.19 (Tesco Value Ready to serve custard 396g £0.19)
500g Greek Yoghurt £0.95 (Tesco Greek Style Natural Yoghurt 500g £0.95)
1/3rd jar Lemon Curd £0.12 (Tesco Value Lemon Curd 411g £.035)

TOTAL £1.26

Instructions

Whip all the ingredients together and freeze for a few hours (or until it starts to go hard) in a shallow container. Mix up the semi frozen mixture with a fork and then put back in the freezer to go hard.

GRAND TOTAL £4.99! (I hope my maths is correct!)

Far cheaper and healthier than anything you’ll get from a takeaway! Every Friday is curry night in our house, I hope you enjoy.[/quote]

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ORIGINAL CONTEST DETAILS


Below you'll see the latest press release that "Jamie Oliver and Sainsbury are putting affordable meals on the table.

Old Stylers do it cheaper

Yet I know old stylers do it cheaper and better. So I thought I would launch a contest for the best budget family cooking old style recipe. A bottle of champagne for the best entry - as judged by the MSE team. Plus the winner could be shown on It Pays To Watch.

Can you put Jamie to shame... simply click reply with your best.

Is it cost or taste that wins

It's a combination of the two, the best one or three course meal, for a family for the lowest amount.

Show your support.

If you spot a recipe you thinks a winner, then thank it!

Martin

PS Regular old stylers can we keep the 'chat' down here so there's lots of recipes.


Sainsbury press release below (always remember this is a 'sell document' so treat any claims with a pinch of salt.

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JAMIE OLIVER AND SAINSBURY’S TEAM UP
TO PUT AFFORDABLE NUTRITIOUS MEALS FOR FOUR ON THE TABLE FOR A FIVER

¾ “Feed your family for a fiver” drive, fronted by Jamie Oliver, offers hearty, nutritious recipe ideas for families of four

¾ Sainbury’s offers fresh meal ideas with ingredients at better than 100-year-old prices

Jamie Oliver and Sainsbury’s are joining forces to put affordable, healthy, hearty meals within reach of even the most cash-strapped British families this Spring, backed by a range of start-from-scratch recipes that will feed a hungry family of four for a fiver.

As Britain tightens its budget this year, Sainsbury’s is offering hungry families all the ingredients they need at better than century-old prices. Archivists at Britain’s favourite supermarket chain have confirmed that the prices of many of the raw ingredients for Sainsbury’s budget-busting recipes are lower in real terms than they were in the early 1900s.

The first recipe in the “Feed your family for a fiver” campaign is meatballs and spaghetti. Analysis of materials from the Sainsbury’s archive at the Museum of London reveals that a pound of beef from a 1903 Sainsbury’s price list cost 1/6, or £4.28 in today’s terms.

A 1920 price list shows a packet of spaghetti costing 11d, or 97p in today’s money, and a tin of tomatoes 10½ d, or 88p in today’s terms. In today’s money, that adds up to £6.13, excluding the cost of the other ingredients for the meal – onions, garlic and peas, making the cost of Sainsbury’s meatballs and spaghetti substantially lower today than it was in the early 1900s.

Jamie Oliver said: “I’ve always been concerned about families trying to eat well on a budget and this initiative by Sainsbury’s goes a long way to helping those who are counting the pennies.”

Judith Batchelar, Sainsbury’s Director of Own Brandsaid: “We’re determined to offer good quality, fresh food for our customers at an affordable price. These prices are lower in real terms than they were before World War 1 and our £5 feasts will satisfy a hungry family of four. Britain may be tightening its belt this year, but the family members who enjoy our £5 feasts won’t be left hungry.”

An advertising campaign to publicise the exceptional deals will be fronted by Jamie Oliver, with the first ad to air on Wednesday 26 March. All ingredients for the meals and their prices will be found on special shopping tip cards for Sainsbury’s customers, in-store and online.
Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert.
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Old 24-03-2008, 5:55 PM
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I think some of the guys on here could produce a 3 course meal for a fiver!

The gauntlet has been thrown down!
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Old 24-03-2008, 6:03 PM
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well heres a filling family stew recipe that easily serves 4

2 large potatoes peeled and cubed 50p
1 pack stewing steak diced £2.76
1 onion diced 15p
1 beef oxo cube 6.5p
bisto gravy granules (must be the red tub ones!) approx 20p
Water free
Dried mixed herbs 3p

total 3.29

1. In a large pot mix together the potatoes, beef,onions
2. sprinkle over the oxo cube
3. sprinkle over the gravy granules ( i use about 1/5 of a tub!)
4. cover with just enough cold water so that all the ingrediants are under water
5.sprinkle in dried mixed herbs ( approx 1 tsp) and some salt and pepper to taste

6. Cover and place in the oven 150C/300 F Gas 3 for 2-3 hours until potatoes are soft



edited to add a pudding (although youd have to win the comp to make it )
1 jelly (30p)
champagne free or hot water still free
Icecream (75p for 2ltr) so approx 25p for a pudding for 4

total for pud 55p

Make up jelly using champagne leave to set.
Or if you dont have any champagne just use water instead, then when set serve with icecream


Loaf of bread so you can mop up the stew juices 37p for value

£4.21


Total for all ingredients is over £5 but as you need to buy more than 1 oxo etc theres even leftovers for another meal


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I agree with Winky,The house elf

Many OS ers can easily knock up at least 2 courses even 3 for the given £5.

Maybe OSers could 'challenge Jamie' now that would be an interesting show
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One of our favourites is paella, I have got the costs from mysupermarket.com for Sainsburys:

1 x courgette (30p)
a couple of cloves of garlic (half at 35p for whole bulb)
1 x onion (11p)
1 x red pepper (78p)
Half a packet of Sainsbury's Chicken Drumsticks (Approx 950g) (2.08)
Half a pack of frozen mixed seafood (3.92 for 400g packet)
a pinch of mixed herbs (30p for 100g)
1 x organic chicken stock cube (68p for 6)
250g Arborio risotto rice (73p for 500g)
Dash of Sainsbury's olive oil (1.06 for 250ml)

total cost £4.99 (using portions of costs where relevant)
  • Start by browning the chicken drumsticks in some olive oil in a lidded deep frying pan.
  • Once coloured, add some chopped garlic and onion. Cook until softened
  • Add the risotto rice, frozen seafood, chopped courgette and pepper. Turn the rice over to coat in the oil.
  • Add the pinch of herbs.
  • Make up a pint of stock with the stock cube, then gradually add to the rice mix, initially with a ladle full - allowing the stock to be absorbed. Once you have added two thirds of the stock, add the remainder, bring to the boil.
  • Lower the temperature, place a lid on the paella and cook for a further 10 minutes.
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OK - sticking to basic family food that I know mines will eat

Lentil Soup
Homemade Lentil Soup
1/3 packet of red lentils
3 potatoes – 2.5kg bag
3 Carrots
Smoked Ribs from butchers
2 Onions

Chop onions, carrots and potatoes into pan. Add lentils and smoked ribs and water to cover and cook for about 30 mins – Total Cost £1.56 – This will do a family of 4 for a couple of meals so would cost £0.78

Mince, Peas, Carrots and Potatoes
250g Scottish Steak Mince
2 onions
2 carrots
100g Frozen peas
8 Potatoes
Couple of oxo cubes

Brown mince, add chopped onions. Cook until soft. Add oxo cubes and some water to make gravy. Let this cook for about 15 mins. Add carrots and peas. Boil potatoes and serve. – Cost - £2.60

Apple Crumble
4 cooking apples
Cinnamon
1 tbsp Brown sugar
2 tbsp of Margarine
Handful of cornflakes
Self raising flour

Chop apples and stew. Add cinnamon.
Add margarine to the flour and make into breadcrumbs. Add the crushed cornflakes.
Put the stewed apples into a dish
Add the breadcrumbs and cornflakes. Sprinkle brown sugar on top
Cost £1.80

I think it comes in at about £5.18 at Tescos but I know I have most of the ingredients at home so cost would be less.
So little money - so much time

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well done cruiksl!!!!!!!
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SAUSAGE PIE

One pack sausage meat 450g approx (80pence tesco)
Two packs puff pastry (or even better make your own)
2x oxo cubes
Dash HP sauce
One carrot, finely diced
One onion, finely diced.
One potato, finely diced.
Green veggie to accompany ie broccoli/beans

Easy really, just roll out pie base and pop into suitable pie dish, empty the whole of the sausage meat (uncooked) out into pie base and spread with fork to cover evenly, then layer the diced up veggies over the meat, sprinkle the oxo cubes over and squirt a load of Hp sauce over top. Season to taste. Add the top of the pastry.
Cook in moderate oven, about 180c, for about 30/40 mins, till all bubbly and pastry well browned.

If you are really good, you can use less meat/more veg and get two pies out of this, or small pasties made in the same way.
Can be frozen, and cooked from frozen.
Great cold and sliced up like quiche.

ALWAYS comes in well under a fiver including the green veg.
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We sat down to our lunch today, OH and me.
I said we are having a "Cheapie meal"
Lamb chops 23p... yes 23p reduced from £2.30 froze them and defrosted overnight
Mashed parsnip, potato, sweet potato.... estimate 15p all from reduced section
Peppers and onions and sundried tomato stir fried..... estimate 40p

Carrot juice... homemade 62p from 2kg carrots.. plus 3 dying oranges! and 4 overripe pears from reduced section

Priobiotic drink reduced to 37p for 4
2 bananas .. full price... 30p

Also used the peelings and remains from the juicer to make a vegetable stock to use with lentils for tomorrow's lunch.

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cornish pasty £1.16 or less - sometimes 2for1 at tesco
packet savoury rice, around 50p
OR
noodles £1 (2pack)

add one microwave.

sorted. chufty, or whatever.
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I think someone should have a word with ?sammykaye who feeds her family for £100 a month.
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Gauntlet thrown down indeed.

1 loaf sliced white bread - 37p (tesco value will work but any bread to make into breadcrumbs)
3 big carrots - 20p
6 courgettes - £1.90
knob of butter - so about 5p?
1 medium onion - 15p
Cheddar cheese - decent sized portion but not loads - about 40p worth
1 egg - 20p
salt/pepper - not necessary but can use - 10p
oil - for fryign so a tiny drizzle about 20p

£3.57
plus
£0.41 - oven chips - tesco value but if you have spare spuds left over from previous meal use them.
£0.60 for portion of peas each

£4.58 in total

- make bread into bread crumbs by blitzing in a food processor. Cut courgettes and carrots into thin stirps and squeeze out excess water by wringing out in an old tea towel.
- Heat the butter in a pan, and fry the onion until soft. Add the grated carrot and cook for 2 minutes. Add the courgette amd cook for 3 minutes until softened. Mix with the grated cheese, half the breadcrumbs, the egg yolk and seasoning.
- shape into 8 sausages about 10cm long using floured hands. Dip into the lightly beaten egg white, and roll in the remaining bredcrumbs. Heat some oil in a wok or frying pan and fry the sausages until lightly golden.
- make poatoes into potatoe wedges and cook in the oven.
- serve with wedges and a portion of peas.

Yummy. Thats if we are doing one nutricious meal only.
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I think someone should have a word with ?sammykaye who feeds her family for £100 a month.
hi kaz - im here chicky!! was typing out our idea of a luxury meal (see veggie sausages above!) but am now busy typing out what id make form a fiver!

be back shortly!
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I think they’re having a laugh?

I went for leek and potato soup, a mixed bean stew and a treacle pudding. A very heavy menu, I wouldn’t serve them together normally. The soup for a lunch maybe? Was just to show how far the Fiver can go:

(NB, based on Sainsbury's online prices - Tesco would be cheaper)

Leek and Potato Soup:

Onions (said a 1/10th of a 2kg bag) £0.08
500g Leeks £0.99
1kg Potatoes £0.35 (1/5th of a 5kg bag)
2 Stock cubes £0.04
½ pint of semi-skimmed £0.17 (based on a 4 pinter)
1tablespoon Olive oil £0.10 (25ml from a 250ml bottle)

Cost: £1.72 Serves 6 generously

Roughly chop the onions, sweat in a little olive oil. Chop the leeks into coins, add to the sweating onions. Peel the potatoes and cut into inch cubes. Add the potatoes to the other vegetables, Make up a pint of stock with the two cubes. Pour over the stock. Add more boiling water from the kettle until it just cover the veg. Put the lid on and bring to the boil. Simmer for 20 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and then blend with a stock blender, adding the milk until it’s the right consistency.

“Tuscan” bean stew

1 tin kidney beans, drained £0.21
1 tin canellini or borlotti beans (both taste different to me, so it makes a nice change) drained £0.40
1 tin most value baked beans, rinsed of sauce £0.20
1 tin tomatoes £0.20
Onion chopped £0.08 (based on a 1/10th of a 2kg bag)
2/3 garlic cloves crushed £0.15 (based on half a bulb from a 3 pack)
Oregano £0.05 (couldn’t find this, so price based on mixed med herbs)
2 stock cubes £0.04
2 tablespoons of tom puree £0.06
500g potatoes peeled and cut into 2" chunks £0.18 (1/10th of a 5kg bag)
2 tablespoons Olive oil £0.20 (50ml from a 250ml bottle)

Cost: £1.78 Serves 6 with seconds

Heat some olive oil in a casserole, sweat the onion and garlic until softened. Drain and rinse all the beans and then chuck the contents in the pan. Add the potatoes. Add enough stock to just cover everything. Add two good tablespoons of tomato puree, a good few pinches of herbs, salt and pepper. Bring to the boil and then simmer until the potatoes are done and the sauce is thick.


Microwave Treacle Sponge

50g of Sainsbury’s Golden syrup £0.05
100g Sugar £0.08
100g Self raising flour £0.04
2 Eggs (Free Range) £0.42
A few tablespoons Semi-skimmed milk £0.05
100g Butter £0.34
150ml Single cream (to serve) £0.40

Cost: 1.38 Serves 4 hungry, greedy people

Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the eggs and the flour. Slowly add sufficient milk to make a batter consistency (like thick glass paint!). Pour two good glugs of golden syrup into a buttered microwave-able bowl. Pour the batter on top and cover with cling film, leaving small gap for steam to escape, and zap in the microwave for 3-4 minutes on HIGH... leave to stand for a couple of minutes before trying to remove the cling film. Wear oven gloves to protect your wrist from the steam.



Total for the three courses: £4.88.

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Right

my more budget friendly meal.

starter
basic soup
5 carrots - 30p - brought loose in tesco
swede - 55p
onion - 15p
knob of butter - 5p
vegetable stock cubes - 19p tesco value
Total - £1.24

put butter in pan, add onion to soften, dice up carrot and swede, sweat off, add vegetable stock to cover, and cook until veg is soft - liquidise if need be. (usually gives us an extra portion to freeze)

Main meal
1 pack 500g mince - £1
knob of butter - 5p
medium onion - 15p
portion of peas - 60p
5 big carrots - 30p - brought loose
tin of value sweetcorn - 15p
potatoes - 2.5kg bag - £1.12
gravy granules - 30p
milk - 5p
Total £3.72

chop onion and lightly soften in pan with butter. add mince and brown off. add gravy granules (made up of course!) add carrot, peas and sweetcron. chop up potatoes and bring to boil. mash when ready. put mince mix in dish and top with mashed potato - one shepherds pie with a portion to freeze.


grand total £4.96

was also going to add if you can stretch another 4p you can get a packet of value angel whip for pudding!

Edited to add - Ive no idea how much a bit of each product is so have estimated some bit!!! Totally clueless on how much a portion of gravy granules would amount to for example! And Im using tesco prices!
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OK, 3 courses - (Tesco prices)

Starter - Mackrell pate

1 smoked mackrell fillet - 85p
1/2 tub ricotta cheese - 36p
salt and pepper to taste.
1 piece of toast per person (crusts cut off, in triangles, 4 slices) 10p (value bread)
Total - £1.31

Flake the mackrell fillet, mix well into the ricotta, season and serve with the toast.

Main course - Choritzo pasta

1 pack of choritzo - 91p
1 pack spaghetti - 23p (value)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar - store cupboard guess 20p all 3
1 tablespoon olive oil
Total - £1.34

Cook the spaghetti. Fry the choritzo in the oil, lemon juice and vinegar. Mix with the spaghetti and serve.


Dessert - Sponge pudding and custard

4 oz S/R flour - 10p (value)
4 oz caster sugar - 20p
4 oz butter/marg - 20p
2 eggs - 40p (free range eggs)
2 tablespoons golden syrup - 20p
Ready made custard - 35p
Total - £1.45

Mix the flour, sugar, marg and eggs. In a bowl pour the golden syrup, then spoon the cake mix on top. Microwave for about 3 - 4 minutes.

3 courses - £4.10, maybe a bit more if you dont use value products, but still under £5!!!!

Added - enough left over to maybe make a salad to go with the pasta!

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Ok

This really has me thinking - yes im know im on reply what 4???

How about this

soup from before
basic soup
5 carrots - 30p - brought loose in tesco
swede - 55p
onion - 15p
knob of butter - 5p
vegetable stock cubes - 19p tesco value
Total - £1.24 - serves 4 easily
put butter in pan, add onion to soften, dice up carrot and swede, sweat off, add vegetable stock to cover, and cook until veg is soft - liquidise if need be. (usually gives us an extra portion to freeze)

basic pasta lunch
Value spaghetti - 23p
knob of butter -5p?
tin of value chopped tomatoes - 21p
onion - 15p
tesco dried basil - 33p (got my own in back garden so not needed but if you must)
chunk of cheese for grating on top - 20p?

£ 1.17
- easily serves 4
chop onion and cook off in the knob of butter. Add tomatoes. cook. add basil. cook pasta. than add sauce ot pasta and mix together. sprinkle with grated cheese to serve.

Pudding
Raspberry Jelly - 30p
2 tins of Custard (if no powder) - 38p
2 Dream toppings - 1.36
£2.04 - serves 4 easily

make up the jelly. put in fridge till set. Gently heat custard, leave to cool, pour on top of set jelly, again leave to set. Make up dream topping and put on top of set custard. Use any left voer sprinkles form cake makign to decorate - tada trifle for pudding

and with 50p left for a treat!




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This thread could be really interesting. £5 can last most Grocery challenging Old stylers a good few days. My best one course meal has to be:

Chicken noodle soup (with home made bread)

1 1/2 Pints chicken stock (made from my rubber chicken, cooked in slow cooker which cost £2.69 current tesco price) approx 10p
1 x Packet value chicken super noodles 10p
1/5th chicken meat from above chicken 54p
1 x tin sweetcorn (200g) 25p
Handful of frozen peas 20p
Mixed herbs 5p
5g frozen garlic 5p
20g butter 20p
Salt and pepper to taste
Home made crusty loaf approx 34p (usual method made in breadmaker or not, using value flour etc)

Total £1.83

Method
Fry off garlic in butter. Whilst doing this cook noodles as per packet instructions in boiling water. Add chicken stock to garlic and bring to boil, add frozen peas and drained sweetcorn. Add Chicken and noodles. If stock is thick add boiling water to thin. Season and add herbs to taste. Simmer for approx 10 mins.
Eat with fresh bread!

This usually does one evening meal for two plus at least 2 portions for lunch. So I suppose a family of 4 for one night. But usually I'll have another portion which goes in the freezer.

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See i knew OSers could do great on £5.00

and theres Jamie just managing meatballs and Spaghetti

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Right, I know this is slightly over, but I wanted to show you can do a summer friends-for-lunch come dinner party menu for about the same as he can do one family main (though I must admit, at their prices i'm not surprised he's struggling!!)

Here goes:

Bruchetta

Part baked Ciabatta, cooked £0.69
150g cherry tomatoes £0.69
1/2 a head of garlic £0.30
2 tablespoons olive oil £0.20
1/2 bunch of basil £0.35

Put the cherry toms in a roasting tray, drizzle with most of the olive oil. Crush the garlic (unpeeled) and put it crushed but whole in the roasting tin. Add the basil leaves slightly torn. Roast in a hot oven (225oC) for 10 to 15. Slice the ciabatta into inch thick slices. Grill, bake or griddle until toasted both sides, Rub top side of each slice with the cut face of a garlic clove, drizzle a little more olive oil and top with the roasted cherry tomatoes.

Cost: £2.23 Serves 4

Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

2 chicken breasts £1.97
1 bag salad £0.68
1/2 cucmber £0.17
1 tomato £0.16
½ red onion £0.21
2 tablespoons olive oil £0.20
Juice of 1 lemon £0.15
100g honey £0.18
100g grainy mustard £0.12

Mix the honey with the mustard. Slice the chicken into strips and toss in the mixture. Leave to oneside for a while. Heat a griddle pan (or arrange on a grill rack) and cook until done. Make the salad with the bagged salad, cucumber, thinly sliced red onion and dixed tomato (deseeded). In a small bowl mix 50ml of olive oil with the juice of a lemon (and a touch more mustard if you like). Pour the dressing over the salad and toss. Arrange on plates, topped with the chicken. Serve immediately with a well chilled white wine…

Cost: £3.84 Serves 4

Total for 2 courses : £6.07

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