Pancakes.

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100gms home pride plain flour 16 syns.. You can use basics, but I bought a job lot from Approved Foods
2 eggs
300ml alpro almond original milk 3 syns
Made 8 pancakes
Pinch of salt
2.5 syns per pancake.

Sieve flour into a bowl, add salt
Make a well and break in 2 eggs
Mix well
Add milk gradually.
Some say leave for 30 mins, I didn’t though.
Pour batter into a pan to your desired size and fry, about 40 seconds then flip.

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Pasta Fritatta

Pasta fritatta. 11p per slice

great for kids pack ups, or work pack ups or as a meal with added salad, new potatoes etc.

100gms of pasta 6p based on tesco value 30p for 500gms
2 eggs 16p
garlic 5p
50gms of grated cheddar 23p (lidl 350gms £1.55)
1 large tomato 5p

Cook Pasta per pack instructions,
Drain, add  crushed garlic clove add in,
Add 2 beaten eggs and pour in flan dish,
Top with sliced tomato and grated cheese and bake for 40 mins…
Total cost 55p, cuts into 4 to 6 decent sizes, i usually get 5 slices = 11p per slice.

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Cheesy Loaf.

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500gms of strong bread flour,
7gm yeast sachet,
Teaspoon of salt,
320ml of water,
Tablespoon of oil.
100gms of any cheddar cheese.

Mix flour salt n yeast in bowl,
add the water and oil and mix,
tip on well floured surface and knead.
Once smooth, cover and prove for an hour.
Put onto greased tray or loaf tin.
Make indents with wooden spoon and add grated cheese to top.
Pop into hot oven gas mark 7 for 30 mins

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Oxtail Stew & Soup

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Oxtail not traditionally used much anymore, but is delicious, With 1 oxtail I made a stew and a soup, the soup serve 5 and the stew served 7.
I put an oxtail bought from the butcher for £2.50 into the slow cooker with 150ml of water and left it all night around 8/9 hours. In the morning I stripped the meat from the bone.The big chunks went in the stew, the scrappy bits into the soups.

Stew
Oxtail meat
Butter beans, dried cooked or a tin
2 carrots
2 parsnips
1 onion
3/4 potatoes
2 bay leaves
bunch of fresh thyme
2 tablespoons of tomato puree
3 garlic cloves
1 chilli optional
beef oxo and water

All of these ingredients chopped, with the bigger chunks of oxtail went in the slow cooker with enough water to cover and the crumbled oxo cube, was then left for 8 hours and made a delicious, very rich stew.
If you want to thicken it add some cornflour to cold water to make a liquid and add that at the end. I didn’t.

Soup
I did the soup in the soup maker.
Scrappy bits of meat
2 carrots
5 to 10  peppercorns (depends how peppery you like it)
1 onion
1 celery stick
2 tablespoons of tom puree
Sprig of thyme
1 beef oxo and water.

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Aubergine Parmigiana

In lidl at the moment, aubergines are 39p each for decent size ones.
My market is doing 4 for a pound.
Aubergine parmigiana a lovely veggie dish.

2 tins of chopped tomatoes 50p
1 onion 10p
3 garlic cloves 10p
1 large aubergine 39p
Mozzarella ball sliced thin 47p
2 bay leaves
sweetener or sugar.. teaspoon.
So around £1.60 to make this dish to serve 4, 40p per portion.

In a pan add 2 tins of chopped toms, chopped onion and 3 garlic cloves crushed, 2 bay leaves and sweetener, heat thru…
slice 1 large or 2 small aubergines length ways, and cover in salt and leave to draw moisture out, rinse salt off and pat dry,
fry aubergines in batches in hot pan till blackened, then layer oven dish with aubergines and tomato mixture, finish with slices of mozzarella, and bake in oven till crispy on top about 30 mins…
Parmesan is traditionally added to this recipe, I didn’t this time, you can also add breadcrumbs.

Dried Beans.

It is much cheaper to buy dried beans, I buy various beans such as pinto, haricot, turtle beans etc.
I cook, then portion & freeze in batches, I can then grab a bag from the freezer to bulk out meat meals to make meals go further or to do a complete bean meal such as 5 bean chilli.
Pick ones that have similar cooking times, then add 100gms of each to a large pan of cold water.
I do between 500gms and 1 kilo at a time of various beans, this gives me between 5 & 10 bags to freeze, 100gms of dried beans works out similar to a drained tin amount.
Soak them overnight.
Wash thoroughly.
Add fresh water and put on a rolling boil for 10 minutes.
Turn to simmer and cook for between 60 & 90 minutes, check packs for cooking times.
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Tearing & Sharing bread.

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They charge way too much for this in the shops.
Red onion & Cheese Focaccia Bread.

500gms of strong bread flour, I used white
7gms of yeast
teaspoon of honey
tablespoon of olive oil plus some to drizzle on top
300ml of warm water
an onion and 2 teaspoons of brown sugar
Cheese optional

make a dough by placing flour, yeast and a teaspoon of salt in bowl, add water and honey and olive oil, make a dough & knead for 10 mins, leave to prove for an hour…
Stretch dough onto a shallow oiled tray, leave for 20 mins more…
Meanwhile fry onion, and brown sugar to caramelize,
when bread has proved, brush with olive oil, spread onions on top, add a sprinkle of salt, add some grated cheese if you like and push fingers in randomly, making indents, pop in oven gas mark 6 for 30 mins,…