Friday, 9 August 2013

More frugal eating

Here are two more meals. Impossible Quiche as per Rhonda's blog here
and a home made pizza.

The impossible quiche can be made with whatever you have to hand. For example, I didn't have cream so used home made yoghurt. I had a couple of slices of ham so added some mushrooms etc.  We always bake ours in a long dish and cut it into 6. This is then served with with bread & butter and salad, or beans and potatoes or something similar.

Estimated cost to use was 36p per portion, depending on what you have around. Again, if you have chickens you would have to work out the price per egg. Same applies to home made yoghurt.

After making two loaves of bread the other day, I saved some of the dough to make a pizza for lunch.
Estimated cost, around £1 for the whole thing.

This semi-wholemeal 'potato' bread works out quite cheaply as well.
The cost, except baking, worked out at 50p per loaf. Each loaf, cut by an electric slicer,  gives us 18 slices including the crusts (or heels). The bread above has all kinds of grains thrown into it so I reckon it is still quite cheap, although it is definitely more about the taste and texture than the cheapness. A home made white loaf plus grains is around 40p per loaf.

Two loaves lasts us a week. It is lovely and springy to the touch but is very different to bought uncut bread. We had some of that, at the weekend, when I just didn't get around to baking. It was light and airy, sort of like cotton wool. Each to their own obviously, but we prefer home made, done by hand as we don't own a bread making machine. If you do own one, give it a go, you'll be surprised by the difference.

8 comments:

  1. It all looks wonderful! I think quiche is the ultimate leftover or bits and pieces food almost on an equal par with soup.

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    1. Me too! Mind you, I find this lazy way of making it (minus the pastry) saves a lot of time and calories. I nearly always use plain yoghurt now rather than cream.

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  2. Hand-made home-made for me every time. Though I must confess to getting the dough started these days in my mixer - just tip the claggy stage has passed. Must have a go at potato bread.

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    1. No problems with that. I mix mine in a food processor using a dough hook, I usually don't have to knead it for very long either. Just as well, my hands are getting stiffer as I age - help! Recipe for potato bread is on my blog if you do a search, you should find it. Bit of a cheek calling it potato bread as it just has some smash in it though I suspect you could use the same amount of real mash.

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  3. Quiche and pizza.. yum..I love both. I am not a great lover of cream and much prefer plain greek style yogurt, I usually buy Lidl low fat one.

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    1. I think yogurt in quiche gives it a nice edge.

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  4. All these goodies are making me feel hungry! Can`t beat home made bread. I don`t bake it that often now as I`m on a self-imposed diet. Since cutting out bread and eating more fresh fruit and veg, as well as halving all my meat intake I have managed to loose 3/4 stone. Still love home baked bread, though. There is just no comparison with the artificial tasting loaves from the supermarkets.

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    1. If having home made bread in the house is too tempting, then you are doing the right thing in resisting it. Well done on your weight loss, keep it up!

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