Weezl's phase 1- recipe testing and frugalisation- come one, come all!

edited 4 April 2010 at 7:33AM in How much have you saved?
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  • just popping in to report on a chicken and sweetcorn pie I did again yesterday.

    for any of us following the plan in our own fashion, it might be of interest

    I used
    200g cooked chicken (calculated the cost as a sixth of a chicken, 50p)
    100g onion
    160g sweetcorn
    50g flour
    300ml water
    tsp mustard
    s+p

    pastry
    300g flour
    150g veg oil
    150ml water
    tsp baking powder (or use sr flour)

    Saute the onion until soft. Add the chopped chicken, sweetcorn and mustard. Mix the flour with the water, add to the pan and cook a couple of minutes to cook off the flour. Taste and adjust seasoning

    meanwhile make the pastry. Mix all the pastry ingredients together, adding the water bit by bit until you have a fairly loose dough

    I have found that if I add about the same amount of water as oil to the oil pastry, it behaves itself and is fairly easy to roll out. It is a little looser than a solid fat pastry, where you have to add the minimum of liquid to get a short pastry. This version is still a lovely short pastry, and much cheaper, so I'm converted

    Line the flan dish, tip on the filling and top with the remaining pastry.Bake in a med oven for 30 mins. I moisten the top and grind over some s+p

    DP and I have a qtr of this pie with 150g mash and 80g of peas and 80g carrots each

    I have been making pies in a 9.5"/24cm flan dish as I broke the middle sized one of a set of 3 many years ago. Sometimes the filling is a tiny bit flat, but mostly it works out fine. We are tall, big people and enjoy substantial meals. This works out to 45p per portion incl the veg

    But I think those with smaller appetites than ours (not hard!) could easily cut a pie this size into 6 portions, when it would be just 37p per portion incl the veg
  • edited 4 April 2010 at 12:24PM
    weezl74weezl74 Forumite
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    edited 4 April 2010 at 12:24PM
    Allegra wrote: »
    Poor Weezl and the poorly PC :( I think we have plenty to be getting on with, so worry not.

    yay!


    Pumpkin seed butter (I take it that's the same as "nut butter" ?)-yep :)




    Oh, and can lunchtime pate be frozen until needed ? yep :)

    Does the above make any sense ? If so, I'd say that the only recipes missing so far are final carrot cake and houmus.

    houmous now done and posted at the usual :)

    And can I confirm, please, if the bread recipes on offer ara definitely the Paul Merret recipe and method, and Weezl's no knead bread ?

    bread-wise it's a 4 loaf version of the PM, I'll do the maths and post it :)

    :hello:Jonathan 'Fergie' Fergus William, born 05/03/09, 7lb 4.4oz:hello:
    :)Benjamin 'Kezzie' Kester Jacob, born 18/03/10, 7lb 5oz:)
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  • edited 4 April 2010 at 1:03PM
    poohbear59poohbear59 Forumite
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    edited 4 April 2010 at 1:03PM
    Happy Easter!

    We have a bit of a spanner in the works here. A friend has arrived today with a whole lamb for us, we have been given a sack of onions from another.

    I am definitely not complaining, quite delighted in fact, but I may have difficulty persuading my DH and DSs to stick to the planner when they know we have all the lamb. I will do my utmost to stick to it.

    Also, I can't find the most recent carrot cake recipe. Can someone point me in the right direction please?

    I have started printing up the recipes so that if/when my internet goes off I can still access them. They are all in plastic wallets too:)

    ETA Just spotted the above post mentions the carrot cake. No hurry to do it I just thought I had missed it somewhere.
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    Added the houmousxxx
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  • edited 4 April 2010 at 2:29PM
    shanks77shanks77 Forumite
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    edited 4 April 2010 at 2:29PM
    Ok just made the above as promised

    1 egg yolk
    1 scant teasp mustard (mine was shop bought ready made)
    1 teasp lemon juice
    1 teasp vinegar (I've always used malt even though most recipes say not to)
    125ml oil
    S&P

    Mix together all the ingreds except oil. Add a drop of oil and carrying on mixing adding another drop after about 10 secs. After doing this for about 1min then SLOWLY add the oil in a steady stream dont be tempted to do this quickly continue til all oil has been used up.(This will take about 4-5mins) The more oil you add in the thicker your mayo will be. Taste and transfer into suitable container and keep in fridge for 3-4 days.
    Ps its better if your eggs are at room temp if they come straight from fridge the mayo sometimes wont thicken (still tastes ok but very runny)
    HTH
    PS nice friend Poohbear i need to change friends or borrow some of yours. That will be really nice to know you have that stored away hope you enjoy
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    Oops sorry just realised that there was a recipe earlier for eggless mayo and not sure which one i was supposed to test so did this one as well i followed Poohbears recipe but used skimmed UHT milk and malt vinegar. Worked well with no problems i needed a little more lemon juice than stated but that is just personal preference. Now just need recipes that use mayo:)
  • weezl74weezl74 Forumite
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    Carrot Cake Makes 32 squares :)

    • 200g sugar
    • 200ml veg oil
    • 4 eggs , lightly beaten
    • 320g grated carrots (about 4 Large)
    • 200g raisins
    • grated zest and juice of 1 large orange
    • 350g self-raising flour
    • 2 tsp garam masala if you have it in, or mixed spice or half cinnamon half nutmeg if you don’t
    Zest and juice the orange. Warm the Orange juice in a saucepan and add the raisins to soak in it to plump up. Allow to cool.

    Warm oven to gas mark 4.

    Blitz all other ingredients together in food processor or mix together in large bowl with a wooden spoon.

    Pour into 2 cake tins, papered or greased. Or use fab silicone ones if you have them.

    Bake for 45 mins or until Dark golden yellowy brown and springy in the centre to your touch.

    cut into 32 squares, 4p per square :):money:



    :hello:Jonathan 'Fergie' Fergus William, born 05/03/09, 7lb 4.4oz:hello:
    :)Benjamin 'Kezzie' Kester Jacob, born 18/03/10, 7lb 5oz:)
    cash neutral gifts 2011, value of purchased gifts/actual paid/amount earnt to cover it £67/£3.60/£0
    january grocery challenge, feed 4 of us for £40
  • weezl74weezl74 Forumite
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    shanks77 wrote: »
    Oops sorry just realised that there was a recipe earlier for eggless mayo and not sure which one i was supposed to test so did this one as well i followed Poohbears recipe but used skimmed UHT milk and malt vinegar. Worked well with no problems i needed a little more lemon juice than stated but that is just personal preference. Now just need recipes that use mayo:)
    thanks shanks :A that's brilliant :D

    Is it runny, or is it normal mayo texture?

    How's the taste?

    xxx

    Arty sorry to be a pain, can you link to the carrot cake above from your fab index?

    :hello:Jonathan 'Fergie' Fergus William, born 05/03/09, 7lb 4.4oz:hello:
    :)Benjamin 'Kezzie' Kester Jacob, born 18/03/10, 7lb 5oz:)
    cash neutral gifts 2011, value of purchased gifts/actual paid/amount earnt to cover it £67/£3.60/£0
    january grocery challenge, feed 4 of us for £40
  • weezl74weezl74 Forumite
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    Allegra, loving your organised list brain:A, what should I prioritise next recipe-wise?

    :hello:Jonathan 'Fergie' Fergus William, born 05/03/09, 7lb 4.4oz:hello:
    :)Benjamin 'Kezzie' Kester Jacob, born 18/03/10, 7lb 5oz:)
    cash neutral gifts 2011, value of purchased gifts/actual paid/amount earnt to cover it £67/£3.60/£0
    january grocery challenge, feed 4 of us for £40
  • weezl74weezl74 Forumite
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    Dear testers, did you buy oranges and lemons loose in the end or did you risk the smartprice ones and if so how many did you end up with?


    xxx

    :hello:Jonathan 'Fergie' Fergus William, born 05/03/09, 7lb 4.4oz:hello:
    :)Benjamin 'Kezzie' Kester Jacob, born 18/03/10, 7lb 5oz:)
    cash neutral gifts 2011, value of purchased gifts/actual paid/amount earnt to cover it £67/£3.60/£0
    january grocery challenge, feed 4 of us for £40
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