In a quest to squeeze as much value out of the grocery budget as possible, I'm shopping as soon as I drop the youngest off at school. I'm lucky enough to have a good local Co-op at the end of my road, and a local Co-op which reduces its nearly out of date produce at 9:00 in the morning. Yesterday I went in with the vague idea that I might make a quiche for supper, but with a certain flexibilty in mind as to what type of quiche. I knew that quiche was a cheap and filling option for a summer's day, but I also knew that if I was wedded to one type of quiche recipe I would end up paying more than I wanted. I looked around for reduced ingredients and found:
cherry tomatoes for 45p
cos lettuce for 45p
Cornish new potatoes for 65p
Italian tallegio (sp?) cheese for 59p
English mushrooms for 45p
extra mature chedder for £3 (the recipe uses a third of the block an therefore the cost is £1).
(I also bought pork mince for £1.35 and beef mince for £2.60 - this is enough to make a large ragu sauce for a lasagne I plan to make on Sunday.)
With these ingredients, and with the eggs, lard, plain flour and onions I had in the cupboard, I made two large, deep, quiches. I made a shortcrust pastry with 12 oz flour and 6 oz lard. Lined two 20 cm square brownie tins with the pastry, fried off the onions and mushrooms until caramelised (I also added a yellow pepper I had lingering in the fridge). I seasoned the caramelised mixture and added eight beaten eggs, 2 1/2 ounces of chedder and the whole chopped block of tallegio, I then divided this mixture betweent the two pastry cases. I baked the quiches in a medium oven for 30 minutes, until the egg was set. I served this with new potatoes and chives and salad.
Now, taking into conseridation that not all of the tomatoes and lettuce was used, but I used eggs, onions and lard from the cupboard, the whole of this meal cost £4.82. There were also plenty of left overs for lunch.
Well, that's the first family dinner for a fiver - to be honest with you, I could have fed six to eight with the quiches, but would have needed more potatoes to help it go round - I'll be back tomorrow with more!
Anon, goode huswives!