Saturday, 14 January 2017

Frugal Food on Saturday

Welcome to my new follower Sara Penny Lane.

Today's frugal food.........

This morning I decided to bake.

I had some bread which I bought reduced so perfect for making my bread pudding slice.

8 oz  bread.
1/2 pint of milk
6oz   sultanas
3 oz   butter or margarine
1 heaped tablespoon of Demerara sugar (+ extra for sprinkling after)
1 tsp mixed spice
 Pinch of nutmeg
1 egg (beaten)
A squeeze of orange or lemon juice
A shot of brandy (optional)

Tear the bread into chunks, pour over the milk and leave to soak for half an hour.

If you are using a shot of brandy pour over the fruit now to soak while the bread is soaking. I have made this using brandy and also without, it works well either way.

After half an hour add all the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Spread in your dish and cook for around 90 minutes at 180 c or equivalent, half way through cooking cover will foil to stop the fruit getting scorched. 

Sprinkle with some demerara sugar and cut into slices.

Can be eaten warm, or cold, but best eaten on the same day.

I don't like to put the oven on just for one thing, electric is expensive, so I made some shortbread biscuits as well.

So for lunch we sampled these scrumptious goodies.

Two very cheap to make bakes.

After the baking was done it was out with the slow cooker.

A few simple cheap ingredients...

Turned into a beautiful tasty lentil soup for tea.

So a very frugal day in the kitchen.

Grocery Challenge Update

This week I had to stock up on bottled water - yes bottled water, I have always drunk it and always will, I can't stand tap water and here it is really bad and full of limescale.
So bottled water is something I do not compromise on. I have a few cups of tea a day and one coffee but my main drink is water, I go through gallons of it.
I also bought some more of the laundry detergent from Poundland. I now have enough to last the year so that is one less thing to think about.
I also stocked up on fruit teas as there was a good offer and also on Conditioner, plus a few other essentials.
So the total spend this week was £27.11 

Total spend so far for January £55.92

Nearly half way through, so looking at the figures now I think I will be within the budget.