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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 24th Mar 08, 4:39 PM
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    MSE Martin
    Show Jamie How To Cook On A Budget Champagne Contest
    • #1
    • 24th Mar 08, 4:39 PM
    Show Jamie How To Cook On A Budget Champagne Contest 24th Mar 08 at 4:39 PM
    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]

    __________________________________________________ _______


    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.

    ____________________________________________



    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.
    Last edited by MSE Martin; 08-04-2008 at 9:17 PM.
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    • russetred
    • By russetred 1st Apr 08, 6:02 PM
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    russetred
    3 course chinese dinner under £5
    Chicken and sweetcorn soup
    Sweet and sour battered chicken with garlic rice
    Deep fried sweet potato balls
    Soup-81p
    chopped ginger-2p, splash sherry-1p,1 chicken breast-57p,2x chicken stock cubes-6p,value sweet corn-15p,chives-garden.
    Mix ginger,sherry and chicken cut into thin strips.Boil stock made up to 1.5 pts.Add sweetcorn and chicken mix.Cook for 5 mins,sprinkle with chopped chives and serve.
    Sweet and sour chicken and garlic rice-£1.08
    1 chiken breast cut into cubes-57p,1 egg-8p,flour-1p, value sweet and sour sauce-26p,tomato cut into wedges-12p,value long grain rice-11p,soy sauce-2p,garlic clove-2p.
    Make batter with egg,flour and water and season.Coat chicken and fry.Heat sweet and sour sauce and add tomato.Cook rice and add soy sauce.Fry garlic till golden and mix into rice.
    Serve with prawn crackers-64p.
    Deep fried sweet potato balls-£1.59
    Sweet potatoes-64p,rice flour-16p,brown sugar-8p,crystalised fruit-55p,sesame seeds-14p,golden syrup-2p.
    Cook potatoes and mash.Beat in flour and sugar.Stir in fruit and form balls.Roll in sesame seeds and fry.Combine syrup with hot water to form runny consistency and pour over.
    Total cost-£4.23
    • ifonlyitwaseasier
    • By ifonlyitwaseasier 1st Apr 08, 6:07 PM
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    ifonlyitwaseasier
    Hello,

    Try my cookie surprise for £1.91

    Tesco Chocolate Chip Cookies 250g £0.40
    1 Cadburys Flake £0.37
    Tesco Value Orange Juice 1 Litre Carton £0.58
    Tesco Fresh Double Cream 150ml £0.56


    Whip the cream, and place some on the plate.
    Then dip each cookie in the orange juice and sandwich the cookies with the cream and line stood up on the plate.
    Cover the cookies in the whipped cream, and crumble the chocolate on top!
    Place in the fridge for 40mins
    Eat! x
    Originally posted by kimbi15

    oh thats sounds delish!!! and oh so sinful!
    Nonny mouse and Proud!!
    Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level then beat you with experience
    !!
    Debtfightingdivaextraordinaire!!!!
    Amor et metus. Lac? Sugar? Quisque massa vel duo? (stolen from a lovely forumite!)

  • mary43
    OH is cooking dinner and one a week we have something like this

    Roast chicken (special offer £2 - feed four people)

    Roast Veg:
    Leeks
    Carrots
    Potatos
    Peppers (red and green)
    courgettes
    Garlic
    Black bean sauce
    Fresh Tomatos

    All roasted in the same dish (saves on washing up)

    Cost - £4

    (This is enough for four people but as the boys are away until tomorrow there'll be enough left over to maybe do something else with.)
  • chelsea.housewife
    12 Meals for a Fiver
    Breakfast:
    Miser’s Muesli (serves 4 - approximate cost 78p)
    Ingredients:
    8ozs Scott’s Porage Oats (16p)
    4 tablespoons Waitrose Raisins (16p)
    4 teaspoons Waitrose Demerara Sugar (8p)
    1 pint full cream milk (or milk & water mix) (38p)
    Method:
    Mix the oats and raisins. Sprinkle with sugar. Top with milk.
    Serve immediately.
    Lunch:
    Quick Tomato Bouillon (serves 4 - approximate cost 66p)
    Ingredients:
    200g tube Waitrose Tomato Puree (34p)
    1 litre stock (hot water with 2 tspns yeast extract) (10p)
    2 small onions, finely sliced and saut!ed in oil (20p)
    5ml/1 teaspoon brown sugar (2p)
    pinch of dried mixed herbs (store cupboard)
    salt and freshly ground black pepper (store cupboard)
    Method:
    Bring the tomato puree and stock to the boil. Add the onions, sugar, herbs and seasoning. Simmer 20-30 minutes, stirring regularly. Serve hot with dumplings
    Dumplings (serves 4 - approximate cost 18p)
    Ingredients:
    115g/4oz Waitrose Superfine Self-Raising Flour (6p)
    55g/2oz Waitrose Sunflower Spread (8p)
    Salt and pepper
    A little cold water
    Method:
    Season the flour with salt and pepper.
    Rub the fat into the flour to make crumbs.
    Add a little cold water to make dough
    With floured hands form about 8 little balls.
    Add to soup, cover and simmer gently for about 12 minutes, until swollen.
    Serve immediately as dumplings left immersed too long become heavy.
    Dinner:
    Quick Quiche (serves 6 - approximate cost £2.39)
    Pastry:
    225g/8 oz Waitrose Wholemeal Flour (12p)
    2 tblspns Waitrose Sunflower Oil (store cupboard)
    a little cold water to mix
    Filling:
    3-4 medium onions, sliced (40p)
    drop of vegetable oil for frying (store cupboard)
    225g/8 oz Waitrose Medium Cheddar, grated (£1.22)
    3 Waitrose Free Range Medium Eggs (65)
    salt and freshly ground black pepper
    Pastry:
    Rub the flour and oil together to make a breadcrumb-like mixture. Add a little cold water to form a dough and roll out to line a flan case (if too sticky add a little flour, if too dry add a drop of water, if it breaks you can mould it on patchwork style).
    Filling:
    Saute the onion in the oil for about 10 minutes in a frying pan. Leave to cool then add the cheese, break in the eggs, season and stir whilst in the pan.
    Fill the pastry case with the cheese mixture and bake for 20-30 minutes, gas mark 6 (200c) until golden brown. Serve with baked potatoes and salad.
    Baked Potatoes (serves 4 - approximate cost 37p)
    4 medium potatoes (37p) from local market
    Method
    Wash potatoes and remove any bad parts.
    Bake on top shelf (gas mark 6) for 45 minutes.
    Serve hot.
    Simple Salad (approximate cost 60p)
    Ingredients: (from local market)
    half a lettuce, rinsed (20p)
    3 tomatoes, sliced (15p)
    portion of cucumber, sliced (20p)
    1 carrot, grated (5p)
    piece of leftover onion, chopped fine
    Method
    Place the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Serve with a
    Simple Oil and Vinegar Dressing:
    Ingredients:
    half a teaspoon salt,
    2 teaspoons of any vinegar
    2 teaspoons of sunflower oil
    Method:
    Stir the salt into the vinegar until it had dissolved.
    Add the oil and mix.
    Add to the salad just before serving.
    Toss lightly
  • kimbi15
    Cookie Surprise
    oh thats sounds delish!!! and oh so sinful!
    Originally posted by ifonlyitwaseasier

    It is amazing, and you could make smaller individual portions x
  • autonomy
    2 Course Meal for Jamie
    Cream Of Onion Soup__________________________


    6 Onions 90p
    2 Pints of vegetable Stock ( Two Vegetable stock cubes) 23p
    ¼ Pint of cream 50p
    2oz of Butter 20p
    Salt and Pepper to taste Total £1.83

    Chop the onions. Heat the Butter, add the onions. Stir until onions are tender. Add the Veg Stock and season. Strain the soup and add the boiling cream.


    Minced Steak Stew with Dumplings
    Pound of minced steak £1.70
    Large Onion 15p
    4 Carrots 30p
    Gravy Granules 20p
    8oz S/R Flour 20p
    4oz Vegetable Suet. 40p. Total £2.95
    Soften the Onions In small amount of oil. Add Minced Steak and fry gently until the mince has browned. Add 1 pint of heated water with Gravy Granules and add Sliced Carrots. Simmer for 30 Mins in a covered pan. Mix Flour and suet and add small amount of water until it forms a dough. Divide the Dough into 8 pieces and place in the stew. Cover and simmer for a further 25 mins

    Total Cost of 2 courses £4.78
    Last edited by autonomy; 01-04-2008 at 10:06 PM.
    • DdraigGoch
    • By DdraigGoch 2nd Apr 08, 10:05 AM
    • 715 Posts
    • 3,996 Thanks
    DdraigGoch
    I've made the cookie surprise with ginger nuts and orange juice with a hint of rum therein - works as a party pudding when stacked up individually!

    I'm collecting all these recipes and shall be having a very luxorious [and cheap] month of May - thank you everyone.

    DG
    If you see me on here - shout at me to get off and go and get something useful done!!
  • kimbi15
    Starter, Main Course, 2 Desserts and a Drink for £4.97!
    Tesco Closed Cup Mushrooms 250g £0.79
    Tesco Fresh Double Cream 150ml £0.56 (this can be used for the starter and dessert)
    Tesco 10 Value Vegetable Stock Cubes 97g £0.19 (this can be used for the starter and main course)
    Tesco Tuna Chunks In Brine 185g £0.64
    Tesco Fusilli Pasta Twists 500g £0.67
    Tesco Italian Chopped Tomatoes & Garlic 400g £0.47
    Tesco Raspberry Swiss Roll £0.39
    Tesco Mandarin Segments In Fruit Juice 298g £0.22
    Tesco Ready To Serve Custard 425g Carton £0.35
    Tesco Value Orange Juice 1 Litre £0.69

    Total £4.97

    Starter – Mushroom Soup – in a pan add some oil (I have this) and fry off the mushrooms. Then add a stock cube to a pint of boiling hot water add to the pan, and then blend the mixture together, and add the a little bit of the cream to the pan and serve.

    Main – Tuna Pasta – Cook the pasta and then add the tuna and tomatoes and one of the other stock cubes

    2 Desserts

    Dessert 1 – Trifle made easy – Place the swiss roll on a chopping board and cut in half, with one half cut into slices (the other half is for the 2nd dessert) and pour some of the orange juice (you won’t need it all) so that it soaks into the sponge. Then place some (leave a few spare) of the mandarin oranges on top of the sponges. Pour over half the cold custard (save the other half for the 2nd dessert). Whip the rest of the double cream from the starter and spoon on top of the dessert. Place a few of the leftover mandarin oranges on top of the trifle.

    Dessert 2 – Swiss Roll and Custard – Heat the remaining Custard in a pan, and slice the remaining swiss roll into 4 and warm in a microwave, and then enjoy swiss roll and custard!

    Drink – Orange Juice – seen as you probably didn’t use all the orange juice before you should get at least 3 small glasses out of the remaining carton!

    Enjoy! J
    • jenid
    • By jenid 2nd Apr 08, 8:48 PM
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    • 1,028 Thanks
    jenid
    Beat the takeaway, 3 course Indian for under a fiver!
    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
    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

    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
    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

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


    YELLOW SPLIT PEA AND COCONUT DHAL
    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

    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
    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

    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)
    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

    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.
    Last edited by Former MSE Natasha; 07-05-2008 at 1:38 PM.
    • Ellidee
    • By Ellidee 2nd Apr 08, 9:10 PM
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    • 16,813 Thanks
    Ellidee
    Wow Jenid that sounds fab
    Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task. William James
    • foxy-tigger
    • By foxy-tigger 2nd Apr 08, 9:16 PM
    • 161 Posts
    • 737 Thanks
    foxy-tigger
    [quote=moo2moo;9612845]Mexican Enchiladas

    Turkey Mince (£1.38 Sainsburys)
    Baked Beans (£0.20p Sainsburys)
    Onions
    Garlic
    Mushrooms
    Pepper
    Herbs and spices from the store cupboard
    Tortilla Wraps (2x8 packs for £1.38 Tesco BOGOF - a pack for next time)
    Home made cheese sauce

    Fry onions and garlic add turkey mince and mushroom, peppers add seasoning to spice up (chilli powder etc.). Add baked beans and tinned tomatoes spice to desired taste.

    Either:

    (a) place sauce on wrap, add grated cheese, fold in half and fry or
    (b) place sauce in wrap, roll up, place in oven dish, repeat until oven dish full and cover in homemade cheese sauce prior to cooking for 40 mins

    Now THAT sounds GREAT! Thanks for that recipe!
    • foxy-tigger
    • By foxy-tigger 2nd Apr 08, 9:23 PM
    • 161 Posts
    • 737 Thanks
    foxy-tigger
    Hi there! This is my first post so bear with me!

    I grew up on Cheese and Potato Pie. It is a real Yorkshire Dish

    You boil your potatoes with an onion or an onion and a half. Mash down with a little butter. (not Milk as it can go soggy) Add seasoning if you like, then pop in an oven proof dish, grate Cheese on top and grill.Serve with Baked Beans or Tinned Spaghetti. Something like that. I don't know the quantities as It is always guess work for however many people there are.
    I have served it with Salad too before. Its Delish and real "poorly" food if you know what I mean!

    Thanks so much for all the other recipies. I have copied a few of them, and the Lentil Soup I made this teatime
  • dalesmum
    Some of you may have seen this when I posted it a while ago.

    HAM FRIED RICE

    Rice, cooked ham, frozen peas, egg, soy sauce.

    Fry cupful of uncooked rice in hot oil until brown. Add sufficient water to cook. Add handful of frozen peas and strips of packet cooked ham, cover and cook over low heat. When almost done, break an egg onto rice, replace cover. When egg is set, break it up and stir it through the rice along with soy sauce to taste.

    Fed four for less than £1.20. Might even be less than a pound as I haven't costed it exactly.
  • irishanny
    I can't wait to try these recipes out . They sound great.Thanks
    • lil_me
    • By lil_me 5th Apr 08, 10:20 PM
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    lil_me
    Can I just mention something without appearing to be mean???

    A family member works for Sainsburys, they've been giving them coupons to buy they meals ingredients so they can tell customers what they are like. I'm lucky because she didn't like some of the things so free stuff for us, anyway, while looking at the info I noticed the following

    If they use an ingredient the FULL cost of the ingredient is included. For example you only need a small amount of flour for the fishcakes but the costing for he exercise is for a FULL bag. I think most of the recipes you would have 'left overs' I just wouldn't want 'Jamie' accusing OSers of cheating when it comes to pricing if they are allowing say 40p for quarter of a packet of peas when he puts in for the whole cost etc.

    The only store cupboard items not counted in the calculations are (not in all recipes) an egg, salt, oil, pepper and dried oregano.


    Anyway being mean aside (just think if it's done publically we wouldn't want him arguing ) some great recipes!!!
    One day I might be more organised...........:confused:
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    • shazziere
    • By shazziere 5th Apr 08, 10:33 PM
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    shazziere
    kimbi15....made ur mushroom soup today.....sooooo easy....tasted lovely.Neva would ve thought of making it from scratch.Hubby loved it too.thanks for the inspiration.
  • georgoroth
    The Art of Eating Cheap Part II
    The Eternal Casserole
    'The Stew upon which the sun will never set'

    I thought I would add this to my haricot bean curry because it is another way of eating when you literrally have no money until payday. This recipie is more of a guideline than anything else, as by it's very nature, the eternal casserole is a constantly evolving entity.

    The idea is to create a delicious meal that will feed you forever... Whenever you start running out of stew or it gets boring, add something else, and cook until you have a new meal. There is list of suggestions at the end of this recipie for things to add.



    So here is how to start your casserole's never ending path to enlightenment:

    1 'Stew Pack' from Morrison's (or equivalent selection of turnips, carrots, onions, and parsnips and potatoes) should cost about 40p

    Pint of hot beef stock: Make it yourself with bones from the butcher's, or from your sunday roast.

    Some Stewing steak, depending on how much you want to spend

    A good 300-500g of offal. The Best is always Ox, if you can get it, but lamb hearts and kidneys are also great in a stew, as are pig livers and kidneys. See what your butcher/ supermarket has and experiment!

    Salt and Freshly ground Black Pepper

    A palm full of seived flour

    Method:

    Preheat the oven to gas mark 2, making sure ther is enough space for your saucepan to fit in.

    First, you need to Brown the meat and offal to seal in the juices during slow cooking. Using a large pan, fry everything in small batches so that there is lots of space in the pan for moisture to escape.

    Once everything is sealed off, pour the fat and juices from the frying pan in to a large saucepan or casserole, putting the meat and offal to one side. Heat until bubbling and smoking, then add the flour, stirring furiously to a thick paste before it sticks. Add some stock if there is not enough liquid. now return the meat and offal to the pan and stir together. Add the stock in small amounts until the meat is nicely submerged.

    Add the contents of your stew pack: you only need to coarsley chop the vegetables in to large chunks, and the onion can go in in to halves, as it will disintegrate over the next few hours.

    Bring to simmering level, and put the lid on. Put in the oven for 2 about two and a half hours. Try the meat, which should be lovely and tender, melting in the mouth. If it is not, leave in the oven for another hour. You should have a nice thick sauce by this time, which will be gorgeous served with mash, rice or pasta.


    Want some more?
    Now it's time to add some more stuff. I leave this entirely up to you, but I hope that you will enjoy seeing your casserole slowly change and accumulate delicious flavours throghout it's life. Here are some of my favourite examples:

    More meat or offal
    Some chopped sausages
    Lentils
    Haricot Beans
    A can of soup
    A whole Oxtail joint: cook for a long time
    Gravy Browning: gives your casserole a an attractive midnight hue
    Some booze: English ale or red wine
    Black Puddings
    Vegetables
    Mushrooms
    Tea or Coffee
  • crafty swan
    great recipes thanks
    • got-it-spend-it
    • By got-it-spend-it 6th Apr 08, 7:47 PM
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    got-it-spend-it
    My menu for under a fiver
    Some great ideas on this thread- I'll definitely be trying many of them!

    I've only managed a main course, but brought it in well below a fiver!


    Main Course- Lentil Moussaka
    Onion, chopped-15p
    Six Mushrooms, chopped- 35p
    Tin of chopped tomatoes-21p
    Red Pepper-40p
    100g Red lentils-12p
    400ml Veg stock-5p
    Aubergine-60p
    Three potatotoes, boiled and sliced-45p
    Cheddar-90p
    250ml Milk-28p
    Two Tbsp Plain Flour-2p
    Two Tbsp Veg Oil-5p
    Glug of olive oil (for frying onion and aubergine)- 5p
    = £3.53


    Fry the onion, pepper and mushrooms in the olive oil until soft, then add the lentils, tomatoes and stock and cook for 20 minutes, until the lentils are tender. At the same time fry off the aubergine in some olive oil until soft and golden.

    Heat the vegetable oil then add the flour to form a roux, and cook out for a couple of minutes, Slowly add the milk, stirring all the time to create a white sauce. Season with salt and pepper, remove from the heat and add three quarters of the cheddar.

    Pour the lentil mixture into a deep casserole dish. Layer the aubergines on top, then layer the sliced, cooked potatoes on top of this. Finish off with the cheese sauce, sprinkling the remainder of the cheddar on the top. Bake at 200 degrees celcius for 30-40 minutes, until bubbling and golden.

    GISI
    Yummy mummy, runner, baker and procrastinator
    • LindseyandMatthew
    • By LindseyandMatthew 6th Apr 08, 9:19 PM
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    LindseyandMatthew
    thanks for all your hard work guys, some excellent ideas there
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