This is a vegetarian korma, that can become vegan if you use sauce with no cream or milk, and it’s really easy to make. I added some frozen vegetables to the sauce too, just to add some substance to it – but that’s not something you have to do.
1 can of chickpeas
1 jar of Korma sauce
1 cube vegetable stock
½ jar of water
2 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp. sweet chili sauce
1-2 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp. paprika powder
½ tbsp. turmeric
Salt and pepper to taste
Oil or butter to fry in
- Chop the onion and garlic finely.
- Fry the onion and garlic in a frying pan on high heat. While the onion is frying, drain the chickpeas and rinse them under running water.
- Add the chickpeas to the frying pan for a few minutes until the onions have a nice brown colour.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the pan and stir well. For the ½ jar of water, use the same jar that the korma sauce came in.
- Let the sauce simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.
- Serve with boiled rice.
So, another shopping done and this time it was at Morrisons and I got two of their 1kg wonky carrot bags for 35p each, so in total 70p for 2kg carrots that are fine, but doesn’t look nice. That doesn’t really matter since the carrots are going to be cooked, mashed and baked in the oven anyway, so their looks won’t matter.
I always try to buy as much of those “ugly”, “wonky” and “weird” looking fruits and vegetables at shops simply because they’re A LOT cheaper, but still taste the same, but people don’t really want anything less than perfect. That’s quite sad to be honest since it creates waste and expensive fruits and vegetables. Please people, buy the ones that aren’t perfect and shops, pleease, sell the ones that aren’t decent looking – they’re still ok to eat! If we don’t sell, buy and use them they’re going to waste and that’s just not sustainable in the long run.
Anyway, my new total cost after coupons and rebates is now up to: 8.15£
Before coupons & rebates: 9.55£
Have a nice week, it’s only 2 weeks left before Christmas now!
So far I haven’t spent a lot of money really and the latest update is:
Garlic – 90p Was 1.20£
Salt (1kg) – 25p
My total spending before rebates is currently: 8.85£
Total after savings: 7.45£
Still not a huge savings percentage : 15.82%
But it will probably improve as I go on.
So far I haven’t really bought a lot of the Christmas food, but I have made an extensive list of what I’ve got to purchase to cook all the food. Most of the stuff I’ve purchased have been reduced and put in the freezer for later. The first items I bought were the Christmas ham and the special soda that’s only available at Christmas and I was able to get those at a shop in London called Scandinavian Kitchen. It’s an awesome shop and café with Scandinavian foods only – amaing!
What I’ve bought so far
Ham – 25£
Smoked salmon – 3.70£ Reduced from 5£
Chives – 60p Reduced from 70p
Parsley – 60p Reduced from 70p
4 Onions – 75p
15 eggs – 1.25£
|Shower gel (brand product)
||75p – 1£
|Spreadable butter (brand product)
|Uncle Ben’s microwaveable pouches
|Toothpaste (brand product)
|Pens (no brand, pack of circa 30)
|Pencils (no brand, pack of circa 30)
|Washing up liquid (brand, 1050ml)
||1 – 1,50£
|Carrots (1kg fresh)
|Sanitary pads (double pack, brand)
|Ben & Jerry’s
|Sweet chili (brand, 190ml)
|Soy sauce (brand, 190ml)
|Stock cubes (brand, 8 & 12 pack)
||1.50 – 2£ per 500ml bottle
|Wet cat food (12 pack, brand)
|Laundry detergent (pods, 29 pods, brand)
|Laundry detergent (pods, 19 pods, brand)
|Washing up liquid (383ml, brand)
|Dry cat food (brand 800gr)
|Cereal (brand, 500gr)
|Crisps (brand, in a tube, c.200 gr)
||25p – 1£
|Cleaning spray (brand)
|Jar of pesto (brand, 190ml)
|Sanitary pads (brand, single pack)
This is the start of a list and it will be updated from time to time.
Minced meat (Brand, 500gr, 5%) – 1.70£
This year will be my first hosting a Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve and since I don’t have a lot of money to spend on the food, it’s going to be a challenge. I’ve set a budget of 35£ for 5 people, which seems only reasonable and is a budget that will give me leftovers for a few days after. My guests will be my next-door neighbors and they’ve never tried traditional Finnish food before. The dinner will consist of a smorgasbord of a few selected, traditional Finnish Christmas dishes such as;
- Finnish meatballs – pretty much the same as Swedish ones
- Mini sausages – they’re called Prinskorv which translates to Prince sausages
- Beet salad – a cold salad with beets, apples, pickles, carrots, red onion and cooked potatoes
- Janssons Frestelse – a hot casserole called Jansson’s Temptation in English and is a dish with potatoes, onions, anchovies, cream and spices.
- Mild smoked salmon – simple, tasty and very traditional.
- Boiled potatoes – we’re a potato eating nation just like Ireland and Sweden
- Julskinka – The Christmas Ham, cooked in the oven for a few hours before it’s coated with mustard and egg and sprinkled with breadcrumbs and then roasted at a high temperature. The ham is left to cool down and served cold in thick slices.
- Ägg med gubbröra – hardboiled eggs with “old-man’s-mix” of anchovies, mayo, crème fraiche, chives and a few other things.
- Morotslåda – a carrot casserole with rice and sprinkled with breadcrumbs that’s then cooked in the oven.
- Potatislåda – it’s pretty much sweetened mash that’s cook in the oven. It’s sweetened with some treacle.
- Peas – no words are necessary, it’s warm peas.
- Toffee – hard toffee with chopped hazelnuts
- Fresh fruits
- Nuts and dried fruits
- Aladdin – a Swedish box of mixed chocolates that’s always had after dinner
- Twist – a bag of mixed chocolates and sweets
- Merci – you know what this is, it’s more chocolate
All of this at a maximum cost of 35£, which isn’t that difficult really. The ham was the most expensive purchase at 25£, but that was bought a long time ago, so I’m not adding it to the cost. If you choose to do so then the total cost would rise to 60£, which would still be cheap for five people and a few days of food. Plus, the little sausages were given to me as a gift by my aunt when she visited me almost two months ago – not cost for them. A lot of the condiments – such as mustard, ketchup, salt, pepper, spices – are already in my cabinets and will not be purchased which will further lower my out of pocket expenses a bit too.
I will be posting all the costs as they come up since I’m not buying everything at once. I’m very allowed to use coupons, reduced items and any other methods to save money. Reduced items can be a huge savior and it has: I’ve bought all the herbs and the smoked salmon reduced and simply put them in the freezer, with the ham, until it’s time to use them. The herbs I chopped before freezing just to ease the process a bit.
I’ll start a separate thread for the expenses of the Christmas smorgasbord.