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Steph28

Beautiful Budget Banquets

This year I have decided that I must save money on food. I'm a single mum, a teacher and I need to be able to pay for everything without getting into a bad mood at the end of each month.

So... this is my challenge. I will follow Delia's Complete Cookery Course to help me ensure that I use my ingredients to the best of my ability. The only thing I will change is probably the quantities and the quality of the meat. Also, I will probably omit some ingredients and add my own. Coming from a Caribbean family, using spices and peppers (such as scotch bonnets) are essential so I will probably add these aswell.


I will post my recipes online but I will additionally blog about the successes or failures I'll surely face!

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Steph28

Lasagne Al Forno

I love lasagne! That thick rich tomato bolognese with the gorgeously smooth creamy white sauce.

Yesterday, I realised that I had minced beef in the freezer so I decided to make lasagne. I usually just do my own thing but I decided to use Delia's recipe. I am surely glad that I did!

I didn't follow the Ragu Bolognese recipe exactly as I do not regularly buy chicken livers or red wine but I had everything else. Plus, I had run out of bacon; I replaced the 4 tablespoons of red wine with Sherry (that I had used for the Christmas trifle last week).


Unlike Delia, I used about 3 heaped tablespoons of tomato puree but aprat from that it was much the same. Once the ragu was complete, it tasted heavenly; hot, tangy, herby with much depth.

Then the blissful sauce ... heaven! I am so glad I followed Delia's advice. I used nutmeg and a little bit of cream. It was truly beautiful. I could have eaten the whole bowl just like that on it's own. However, I had to follow it through and produce a meal.

The finished product was absolutely devine! A beautiful budget banquet!

Please use this recipe.

Thank you, Delia.

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Steph28

Tasty Pizza

Today, I haven't been feeling myself. So I decided to make pizza for dinner - a simple recipe.

My mother brought some lovely ciabatta bread and then: I simply spread some shockingly red tomato puree, followed by cubes of pale mozarella, then salami, followed by herbs and olive oil. Popped them into the oven for 15 minutes and then ... succulent beautiful pizzas.

What does this have to do with Delia I hear you say? Well, she has a recipe for scone pizza and bread dough pizza in her book. She uses herbs and olive oil. So, it does relate to her.


A lovely, budget meal!!!

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Kilmory

Budget banquets

You could also get a copy of Delia's Frugal Food, it's got some great recipes using cheaper cuts of meat, sausages, offal etc.

All best.

Kilmory

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Steph28

Beautiful Budget Banquets

Hello Kilmory! Thanks for the message. I actually bought that book a few years ago as a Christmas present for my soon to be ex-mother-in-law. I think I should have kept it for myself now that I am a single mother!

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Steph28

Cheesy Bacon and Macaroni Pie

This time of year anything with pasta, creamy sauces and cheap meat like bacon is so warming and homely.

I used Delia's recipe for bacon, leek and macaroni pie but I omitted the leeks and used onions. I'm trying my best this year to use up everything I have in my fridge. NO WASTE!

Just like Delia I am using butter to oil my dishes and you know what? It makes the dishes taste ten times better. Why haven't I been doing this all along. I usually use vegetable oil but butter makes the magic happen.

Anyway, the final result was absolutely lovely, as usual, my brother ate a whole plate and has taken some away with him.

Delia: you are amazing!

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Janice

Beautiful budget banquets

"Just like Delia I am using butter to oil my dishes and you know what? It makes the dishes taste ten times better. Why haven't I been doing this all along. I usually use vegetable oil but butter makes the magic happen."

A couple of frugal tips for you Steph28:
An economy trick that my mother showed me is to use butter wrappers which usually have small amounts of butter left on them, to not only butter your dish but also in place of greaseproof paper when a dish or pan has to be lined. Sometimes it takes some patchwork but will save on your greaseproof or silicone paper.
Keep a good selection of dried herbs to add to your dishes as they are great for enhancing flavour when trying to cut back on adding costly ingredients or ingredients that you are not going to use much of and may therefore be wasted. Onions and garlic of course serve the same purpose.



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Gravy Queen

Budget Banquets

Sounds like a great challenge you have set yourself . Delias ragu is the only way to make lasagne ! Plus I find I have enough left over for a few more meals and it freezes well .

It will be interesting to see what Caribbean twists you can add, I love Caribbean food too (Jamaica in particular) .

Maybe you could set up a blog with photos ?

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JAMES

Budget!

Well done, I hope it goes well for you.

I'm very careful myself. It's not only a case of money, but I've always felt that with so many people not getting enough to eat, for me to bin food is just wrong, so I try to make sure I use up whatever I can. Ok, so sometimes an odd meal is served, but so what? It's all good food, eat it!

I've read that one third of food bought in the UK is thrown away. Not from my kitchen it isn't!!!!!

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tubs

Wasted food

Nothing thrown away in my kitchen either. Used up the last of the sprouts today, once the outside leaves were discarded they were perfect inside. I'm sure others would have thrown them away being put off by the discoloured leaves. Absolutely abhor waste. I like the challenge of finding a recipe using up what's left in the fridge!

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Pan-tastic

no waste

Me too, I hate waste. I always save my butter papers and use them to grease dishes. And I had a couple of very sad looking leeks in my fridge so used them with some bacon, parmesan and creme fraiche to make a sauce for pasta and it was delicious - probably because it was so simple rather than in spite of.

And I found an Activia rhubarb yoghurt in my fridge at the weekend date marked best before 29th September and I ate it - it was delicous! Yoghurt lasts so much longer than the official dates, although I am much more careful with meat etc.

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Steph28

Blog

How do I set up a blog? I'm not sure how to do that; could you help me, please?

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Gerry

setting up a blog

Put above into a search engine for lots of options.

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Steph28

Frugal Tips

Thank you for your tips! I will keep them in mind; every little helps!

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Steph28

Budget

Thanks for that! It's good to know that I'm not the only one!

 
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