Tesco have everyday value lamb shoulder shanks - there were 4 in the pack for under £5. Slow cooker, 8 hours, awesome.
Rustic foraged pie. Puff pastry 75p Tesco (from bogof £1.50) then filled with foraged apples and walnuts and some Stilton reduced to 30p from my local co-op. £1.05 and serves 8. 13p per portion. Ish.
Cheap dish for 6 - tortellini (spinach and ricotta) 2 packs at £1.49 Tesco. Boiled for 5 mins then topped with 89p Tesco can cherry tomatoes and a white sauce and some leftover cheese bits from the freezer. About £5, 83p ish per portion. It will probably serve 8, actually.
I was quite impressed with Waitrose today - the golden caster sugar was a good 30p less than Tesco, the vanilla paste £1 cheaper and looks better quality PLUS there are tags across the store suggesting items most suitable for the local food bank! Go, Waitrose!!!!
Ever have one of those days where you have food to use up (that goat’s cheese!) but can’t be bothered? Well, this is why I try to keep filo pastry in the freezer. Griddled asparagus on top of goats cheese and topped with 4 eggs, a glug of cream and a glug of milk. Baked for 20 mins at 180. Leftover filo pastry…. Dump in drained antipasti (sun dried tomatoes, olives, roasted peppers, artichokes and then half a pack of goat’s cheese, drizzle of oil from the tomatoes and a sprinkle of oregano. Baked for 20 mins at 180.
Just threw together a lasagne for tomorrow. It’s just fresh lasagne sheets from the freezer layered up with a white sauce (butter and flour fried together and milk stirred in, seasoned) and some roasted butternut squash, a can if cherry tomatoes, defrosted spinach, splash of leftover white wine, couple of tablespoons of tomato purée. Grated cheese on top. Roast for 30 mins until golden on top.
Lemon cupcakes - makes about 15. 8oz butter, 8oz SR flour, 8oz caster sugar, 4 eggs, the zest of one large or 2 smaller lemons. Bake at 180 degrees for 15 minutes then check with a toothpick. If it comes out streaked, another couple of minutes. Fill with lemon curd when cool (piping bag and small nozzle). Top with buttercream or lemon curd mixed into whipped cream - or they are good enough as they are, especially warm!