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July 11, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — ros @ 12:00 pm

Don’t worry, the recipes ae below! I think I promised to write some tips on what I learnt during the experiment. Well, here goes…

Firstly, cook a few portions at a time or cook with your friends. It makes it less likely that you have leftover ingredients that end up going bad in the fridge. Most meals will keep in the fridge for two or three days and some things can be frozen so you don’t just have to cook for one day!

Fight your way to the bargain bin. Yes its a struggle but it is possible. In particular, Saturday nights at 24 hour places will give you good stocks of fish and meat that can’t keep for a day.

Compare store prices. I’ve noticed that Tesco do cheap meat whilst Sainsburys are sometimes better for vegetables. If you have a cheap local store then lucky you! Use it!

Share herbs, spices and non-perishable sauces amongst your house. It might seem expensive to buy these individually at 80p per bottle, but they will probably last more than a year. You might as well share and split prices. I think essential storecupboard items are dried mixed herbs, curry powder, chilli powder, ginger powder, worcestershire sauce and soy sauce. If you have a liking for any other particular cuisines you may want to buy other things too, like spices for curry. Remember these things last pretty much forever!

Remember that if you buy ready made things, you are paying someone else to do your cooking, and they probably are doing a rubbish job! Buying the ingredients yourself saves money and it means you can make the dish as you like it.

Now for my recipes. Enjoy!

Turkey and Leek Pie
Roast Brisket with Roast Potatoes and Beer and Onion sauce
Duck Leg with Honey and Ginger
Spaghetti with Spicy Meatballs and Aubergine
Italian Style Liver with Pasta and Tomatoes
Pork Chops and Apple Sauce
Devilled Kidneys
Chicken and Mushroom Crepes
Spiced Mackerel and Orange Fishcakes
Sweet and Sour Pork/Chicken/Turkey

This one relies on the bargain bin. Any smoked fish can be used.

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