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    • Glad
    • By Glad 15th Oct 04, 4:54 PM
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    Feed 6 for 1.62
    • #1
    • 15th Oct 04, 4:54 PM
    Feed 6 for 1.62 15th Oct 04 at 4:54 PM
    Official Insert: Champagne contest - if you have a recipe to feed 6 for £1.62 or less post it here and the MoneySavingExpert office's resident food gourmet Brendan (webby)will pick the best in a week's time.

    The winner has been picked. See who it is here


    I found this recipe in an old Prima mag,

    Dhal curry and rice

    serves:6 cost per head:27p cals per portion: 260

    >2 tsp ground ginger
    >1 tsp cumin
    >225g/8oz red lentils
    >1 tbsp oil
    >1 sliced onion
    >2 potatos, peeled & diced
    >1 tsp curry powder
    >2 cloves garlic, crushed
    >400g can of chickpeas, drained
    >4 tomatoes, cut into wedges
    Optional
    >crispy fried onions to garnish
    >cumin seeds browned to garnish
    >coriander leaves to garnish


    1. bring 1 pt water to boil. Stir in ginger, cumin and lentils.Season with salt. Simmer for 20 mins or until soft.
    2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large pan and stirfry onion and potato for 5-10 min, or until nearly soft. Add curry powder, chickpeas, garlic and tomatoes. Cook for a further 3-4 mins before stirring in lentil mixture. Taste and season. Cook gently for 5 mins.
    Garnish with onions, curry seeds and coriander, if using.
    Serve with rice.
    Last edited by MSE Archna; 09-07-2006 at 6:40 PM.
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    • Bogof_Babe
    • By Bogof_Babe 15th Oct 04, 5:08 PM
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    • #2
    • 15th Oct 04, 5:08 PM
    Re: Feed 6 for 1.62
    • #2
    • 15th Oct 04, 5:08 PM
    That sounds excellent - and vegetarian too .

    Shall we have a challenge to try to beat the cost? Give us something to do over the weekend .
    • 16011996
    • By 16011996 15th Oct 04, 5:29 PM
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    • #3
    • 15th Oct 04, 5:29 PM
    Re: Feed 6 for 1.62
    • #3
    • 15th Oct 04, 5:29 PM
    ok, i'll have a bash too.
    • Glad
    • By Glad 15th Oct 04, 5:35 PM
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    • #4
    • 15th Oct 04, 5:35 PM
    Re: Feed 6 for 1.62
    • #4
    • 15th Oct 04, 5:35 PM
    Got to be something decent though

    not smart-price beans on toast
  • Quackers
    • #5
    • 15th Oct 04, 6:43 PM
    Re: Feed 6 for 1.62
    • #5
    • 15th Oct 04, 6:43 PM
    Got to be something decent though

    not smart-price beans on toast !
    Oh Well, that's me out of ideas ;D

    I love lentils so will be giving this a go - thanks Glad ;D
    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 15th Oct 04, 7:48 PM
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    • #6
    • 15th Oct 04, 7:48 PM
    Re: Feed 6 for 1.62
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    • 15th Oct 04, 7:48 PM
    I'm afraid I'm well and truly a carnivore....... vegi things do very little for me........but this sounds good. Thankyou Glad.......though I might just add some meat!

    Thanks again

    Pink
    • Glad
    • By Glad 15th Oct 04, 8:44 PM
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    • #7
    • 15th Oct 04, 8:44 PM
    Re: Feed 6 for 1.62
    • #7
    • 15th Oct 04, 8:44 PM
    let us know what it's like with the meat pink

    should still be a cheap meal
    • Caterina
    • By Caterina 16th Oct 04, 12:03 AM
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    • #8
    • 16th Oct 04, 12:03 AM
    Re: Feed 6 for 1.62
    • #8
    • 16th Oct 04, 12:03 AM
    OK let me try:

    500g strong flour (0.30)
    1 sachet fast acting yeast (0.10)
    2 Tbs.veg. oil, pinch salt, pinch oregano, 2 cloves garlic (0.10p at the most)
    1 tin economy tomatoes (0.15p)
    200g cheapest cooking cheese, or edam (0.60)

    Mix flour with fast acting yeast, add salt after mixing, then add oil and enough water to make a soft but not sticky dough.

    Knead until smooth, on a floured board, for at least 5 minutes. Put into a floured pan and cover with a cloth dampened in hot water and squeezed. Let grow until doubled in size, in a warm and draugth-proof area of the kitchen.

    Meanwhile make sauce: chop the tomatoes from the tin, add a bit of salt and chopped garlic and oregano.

    Grate the cheese.

    Oil a baking tray (Make sure you use metal because the bottom of pizza needs strong heat to become well crusty).

    When dough has had time to grow, give it another few kneads then roll thin (1/2 cm or so) and put on oiled baking tray. Cover with sauce then spread the grated cheese all over it.

    Voila, pizza for 6 with 1.25!

    When you know how much pizza costs, it makes you think before buying a 6.99 pizza in a restaurant doesn't it?

    Incidentally, with the remaining 0.37 a carnivore could buy enough danish salami (cheap but nice-tasting) to have a salami pizza, or a few anchovies, or a bit of cheap ham...

    Or you could make a coleslaw salad (1/4 cabbage, 1 onion, 1 carrot, 1 tbsp oil 1 Tbsp vinegar) with the remaining money.

    Or an apple compote with a bit of custard for pudding...

    I could go on.....

    Caterina
    • 16011996
    • By 16011996 16th Oct 04, 12:06 AM
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    • 16th Oct 04, 12:06 AM
    Re: Feed 6 for 1.62
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    • 16th Oct 04, 12:06 AM
    not sure i can beat that, gonna have to get thinking hat on.
    • Caterina
    • By Caterina 16th Oct 04, 12:19 AM
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    Re: Feed 6 for 1.62
    Hi 160

    I make it a bit of a sport to cook something out of nothing!

    When I work (with professional first time mums usually) they are usually used to having a stuffed full fridge and cupboard. Then they have a baby and the shopping/planning goes out of the window (as it does hehehe)!

    Then I arrive and they need food as mostly they are breastfeeding and it make them starving all the time, and I say, 'shall I cook you some breakfast/lunch/snack/dinner, whatever' and they say: there is nothing in the cupboard.

    But usually there are cupboard things that they don't normally use because in their previous life as bankers/accountants/lawyers they always had fillet steak and ready-cut veg in the fridge, see?

    So I make them pasta bakes, pancakes with jam, potato cheese pies and stuff like that, and they LOVE it!

    ALL my references from clients mention my cooking, even the ones that I accompany to give birth (I use cooking to distract them before they go to have the baby - or to gently induce birth if it is nearly happening hehehe).

    It is just a matter of being creative with what you have got in the cupboard - I love seeing their faces when I make them a 3 course dinner out of a supposed 'nothing'!!!

    Have you ever heard of the fairy tale 'Stone Soup'?

    Caterina
    • 16011996
    • By 16011996 16th Oct 04, 12:25 AM
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    Re: Feed 6 for 1.62
    tell me more caterina, what is fairy tale stone soup? with a name like that 8 yr old girl bound to love it.
    • Caterina
    • By Caterina 16th Oct 04, 12:28 AM
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    Re: Feed 6 for 1.62
    It is a story about a guy that made soup out of stones - I am going to see if I find the original version and post it here (with DUE REFERENCES of course )

    Caterina
    • 16011996
    • By 16011996 16th Oct 04, 12:30 AM
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    Re: Feed 6 for 1.62
    thanks caterina.
    • Caterina
    • By Caterina 16th Oct 04, 12:40 AM
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    Re: Feed 6 for 1.62
    http://spanky.triumf.ca/www/fractint/stone_soup.html

    Link to Stone Soup story - there are a few annoying comments at the beginning but don't let them distract you, it is a great folk story, told in many different ways!

    Enjoy!

    Caterina

    PS. In case there is any doubt: this IS a money-saving topic, as you will save money by reading this story, learning and then telling it to your children and/or friend during a lovely home-based evening, while eating the 1.25 pizza, instead of going to the cinema and the restaurant for your entertainment and food and spend half your salary there!
    • 16011996
    • By 16011996 16th Oct 04, 12:46 AM
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    Re: Feed 6 for 1.62
    thanks caterina. its a lovely story. highly recommend it.
    • Spendless
    • By Spendless 16th Oct 04, 1:03 AM
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    Re: Feed 6 for 1.62
    I knew the story - has been on one of the kids channels. My little boyasked me to make stone soup. :
    No good asking me for challenge - but should imagine soup would fit into budget with crusty bread?
    • 16011996
    • By 16011996 16th Oct 04, 1:08 AM
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    Re: Feed 6 for 1.62
    might just cook the stone tomorrow, just to see kids faces. i'm cruel really aren't i. ;D
    • Caterina
    • By Caterina 16th Oct 04, 11:37 AM
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    Re: Feed 6 for 1.62
    Going on in the theme of soups and moneysaving:

    When my kids were little, one morning they spotted me putting old kitchen rags and sponges in a pan of boiling water and vinegar (gosh, I just HAD to say this hehehehehehehehehe!!!) to boil on the stove for a few minutes, to sterilise and deodorise (rather than throw away and use new ones).

    They asked what I was doing and I told them I was making 'sponge soup' for dinner - you should have seen their horrified little faces!

    Then I explained what I was doing and they were much relieved, but I have since heard them many times tell their friends about the sponge soup that mum makes!

    Caterina
    • 16011996
    • By 16011996 16th Oct 04, 12:00 PM
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    Re: Feed 6 for 1.62
    thanks made me laugh out loud. ;D funny how kids never forget these things isn't it.
  • Queenie
    Re: Feed 6 for 1.62
    Loved the Stone Soup story!

    When I was a kid and asked Mum what was for tea, she would always reply: "Bread and Pullit" I had no idea what Pullit was ???

    She was actually saying: "Bread and Pull IT!"

    My friend's Mum would say: "Air Pie"
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