Sunday, 26 February 2017

Simple Baking on a Sunday

Hello and welcome to two new followers, Wendy and Sharon.

We try to avoid to many cakes and biscuits in the week but do enjoy a little something at the weekends, today whilst I was doing roast chicken for lunch I decided I would make madeleines.

Lemon madeleines

100g caster sugar
100g plain flour
2 eggs
75g unsalted butter
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Juice & zest of half a lemon
Icing sugar for dusting

Mix eggs sugar and butter, (low speed) if you are using a mixer.
Blend in the flour baking powder, lemon and vanilla.
Cover with a towel and let the mixture sit for an hour.

After an hour give the mixture a gentle whisk and spoon into the moulds until three quarters full. Bake for 10 minutes at 190 c or equivalent .
Leave to cool and dust with icing sugar.

Perfect to go on this pretty plate which I bought from the charity shop yesterday for £1.95p

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Everything keeps going up in price.

Welcome to my new follower Chris.

On my last post I picked up cereals for 20p a box which Asda were clearing even though they had a very good date, Scarlet mentioned she noticed the cornflakes pack had shrunk in size and the price had gone up, so I guess that's why they were clearing other cereals. It seems this is the case with lots of things in the supermarket, has anyone noticed any changes in prices or packaging sizes over the last few weeks? 

I also noticed the direct debit for the TV licence went up from £12.12 a month to £12.18 .  Also our phone tariffs went up by £2.00 as well. All these things add up.

Tonight I got one of my Nigel Slater books out and made this Spaghetti Bolognese.

A lot more work involved than just opening a jar, but  it was worth it, it  was very good indeed . We don't drink wine that often but finished the rest of the bottle off, well you have to have a treat now and then don't you.

 I was not happy  using all that electric just for one meal, so I doubled the recipe, which left enough for another spaghetti bolognese , and some to use for a lasagne at the weekend.

Saving me time and money, which is what it's all about.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

A cracking bargain

I didn't go shopping for bargains on Sunday as I have been using up the stores. Our son wanted to go up to Asda for a few things last night, so I went for a walk with him.

I couldn't leave these behind.

15 eggs for 20p and dated the end of the month although they will keep longer.
They are free range which is all I will buy.

60 eggs for 80p. 

There was a whole shelf there, some horrible man was being greedy, he must have been a business owner, he was going crazy stacking them in his trolley, he gave me a right filthy look when I picked up some, but that wouldn't stop me. 

Omelette for tea tonight then and several egg dishes over the next few weeks.

Then I spotted some cereal on the end of an isle, 20p each in date until the end of October, so 3 boxes of choco snaps for son, which can also be used to make crispy squares, and 3 boxes of bran flakes, I have some of these which I am using at the moment , they are nice I do enjoy them.

6 boxes of cereal for £1.20

So £2.00 for all of the above.

Fantastic bargain.

If you have an Asda near you it is worth checking because they are regularly clearing products.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Daily Bread

My bread maker died on me a few weeks ago, I don't seem to have much luck at all with them.

I have decided not to have another one.

I did have two big tubs full of bread flour to use up though and I wasn't going to waste that.

This week I have made two rustic style loaves and I have to say they were really good.

If I buy bread from the supermarket it is always from the instore bakery we are not keen on the other stuff.

I was just trying to work out if it is still cheaper to make your own, but I don't really think theres much in it.

I just googled about the cost of running an oven this is what I came up with.

Average usage: 1 hour every day
Amount of energy used per week: 13.65 kWh
Cost per week: £2.46

I also checked the bread flour prices, it seems to be 95p for 1.5 kg in the main supermarkets, I think it is cheaper in Aldi and Lidl.

If you bake it whilst the oven is on already that cuts the cost down a bit.

Tonight's tea. Homemade bread with Currywurst. Delicious.

Lovey Bratwurst

Any one else bake bread by hand?

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Favourite kitchen equipment

My favourite piece of kitchen equipment has to be my slow cooker, it saves electric and saves on all that washing up, just put it on in the morning and the tea will be there waiting for you later.

I have had negative comments about slow cookers before, some say everything tastes the same in a slow cooker. I totally disagree, I rustle up some really delicious meals in ours.

I am using up what's in the cupboards and freezer.

So these are the ingredients I put together today.

Reduced Turkey Steaks (chopped), a tin of spicy bean salad, which is just mixed pulses and sweetcorn in a spicy tomato sauce, some reduced baby plum tomatoes chopped in half, a chopped onion, some chopped green peppers from the freezer, some mixed dried herbs, and seasoning and 800ml of stock.

No need to cook the turkey, just chuck it all in give it a good stir.

Add the stock and then just leave cook away.

I also had some leftover spinach so I popped that in as well.

I don't like wasting anything.

A simple tasty meal served with some bread and butter to mop up the juices.

Lovely grub.

A brilliant piece of kitchen equipment, no faffing about at the end of the day, just so easy, I wouldn't be with out mine.

Are you a slow cooker fan?
What kitchen gadget/equipment couldn't you live without.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Sundays yellow sticker shop was very hard work, I don't seem very lucky lately.
This is what I had.

Sausage Rolls - (fresh made in store)  - 29p
Cheese & Onion Pasties - 29p
4 snack pots of berries - 9p each
Grapes - 60p
3 bags of spinach - 9p each
Cake - £1.99
Apples - 20p
2 punnets of strawberries - 9p each
Bread - 65p  
(I am buying bread again as my bread maker died)
2 x cucumber portions - 5p each
Tomatoes - 49p
3 x bunches of Roses 49p the lot

Still not to worry the freezer and cupboards and still stuffed.

I also have plenty of fruit and veg from the trip to Aldi the week before.

I am not going shopping this weekend I want to spend the next few weeks using up what we have. So I shall have a look at what we have and then work out what the meals will be.

Today I have finished off spring cleaning our bedroom, and then moved on to the next room. I am going to have another sort out of my cookery books, I had a big sort out last year and got rid of several but I seem to have quite a lot still.  I just counted 33 and then there are some more in the kitchen and to be honest I just don't use them much anymore as I prefer plain, simple and easy to prepare meals. So I shall go through each book carefully and if there are only a couple of recipes I use in a book I will type them out and add to my recipe folders.
I will check the prices on the book buying sites and if they are no good the charity shop can have some.

So have you started spring cleaning?
Do you own many cookery books, would love to hear what your favourite ones are.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Early Valentines?

I saw a supermarket advertising 100 Roses a few days ago for £25.00.

So that's £25 and then some will have a meal out on top of that and that's £70/£80 gone in a flash.

This year we are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary, we kiss, cuddle and tell each other how much we love each other several times a day, we don't need to go out and spend masses of money to prove it.

So we won't be joining in with the Valentine's commercial hype.

I can buy flowers whenever I fancy and treated myself to Rose's today.

All I paid was 49p for all of these.

On the Rose theme...

A Giant Rose Cupcake - Was £10.00 down to £1.99

So do you celebrate Valentines or not?