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!
Baked sandwiches are amongst my favourite types of foods, hands down! The simpler ones require hardly any prepping and are filling on their own, or with a salad. When it comes to toppings, the combinations are almost endless – it’s so easy to make sandwiches for every taste and these are very cheap and budget friendly. I chose pastrami as my protein but you can naturally use ham, turkey, a selection of veggies or any plant based food you like.
4 slices of toast
4 slices of pastrami
- Preheat the oven to 225 Celsius
- Place the slices of toast on a baking tray
- Butter the toasts on the side that you’re putting the filling
- Put the slices of pastrami on the toasts
- Drizzle mustard over the sandwiches
- Top them with grated cheese
- Place the baking tray in the oven and cook until the cheese has melted and turned golden brown.
This recipe is a very popular salad in Sweden and Finland and is usually eaten with pizza. It’s therefore known as Pizza Salad in these countries. The salad is completely vegan and is a great base when you want to make a salad, you just put some of it on the bottom of a plate and then just pile up with any other vegetables and toppings you like – even pasta. The cabbage salad is also a great side dish to grilled meats and fish, so try it at your next barbeque!
1 head of fresh cabbage
2-4 tablespoons of white wine vinegar (depending on the size of the cabbage)
1-3 tablespoons of olive oil (depending on the size of the cabbage head)
½ – 1½ teaspoon(s) of salt
½ – 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper (or according to taste)
- Grate the cabbage on the coarser side of a grater or shred it finely with a knife.
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Make sure that the ingredients are well mixed, use your hands!
- Cover it with cling film and leave it in the fridge for at least two hours before serving.
This dish tastes better if you make it the day before you’re meant to eat it and just let it sit in the fridge and soap up all the flavours. If you want to, you can add some raw, shredded or grated red onion too.
Today I had a huge craving for something sweet, so I made some Chocolate Snowballs – an easy treat that you can freeze, is a favourite with kids and a no bake. In Finland, this recipe is a very traditional sweet and often the first thing that a child learns how to make in the kitchen, since they’re super easy, hardly any ingredients, no knives involved and no stoves or ovens! I remember learning how to make this at about five years old and I still make them – over 20 years later. We often have Chocolate Snowballs at children’s parties or on Saturdays – that are the Swedish and Finnish day when children can have sweets after dinner.
The Snowballs are also very easy to make vegan or gluten free. For vegan – use vegan or milk free butter. For gluten free – use gluten free oats. I always use the darkest cocoa powder that I can find, since it brings a deeper flavour and makes it a bit less sweet and sugary.
6 tablespoons of cocoa powder
4 tablespoons of water
2.5dcl (1 cup) shredded coconut
How to make them;
- Combine the sugar and the butter to a dough. The sugar and butter should be well combined and smooth. Use your hands for this.
- Add the cocoa powder, oats and the water and combine with your hands. Make sure that everything is an even dough and that there aren’t any specks of sugary butter left.
- Grab 2 flat plates. On one of them, add the shredded coconut and put the other one on the right hand side of the coconut plate.
- Roll little balls of the mix to smooth balls and the roll them in the coconut. Place the Snowballs on the empty plate.
- Once you’re done, put the Chocolate Snowballs in the fridge for a couple of hours to firm up and set.
Drinking water is not only very healthy, it’s often the only drink a person with limited means can afford to drink at mealtime. But, at least how I see it, simply drinking tap water can become boring after a while. Adding some natural flavour, that are cheap and without added sugar, can really help you get enough fluid and make the water taste nice.
- Lemon and cucumber – a few thin slices each in a jug of water adds a really light and tasty flavour. Plus, lemon aids your digestive system!
- Cucumber – adding just some slices of cucumber makes the water taste fresh and makes you feel refreshed.
- Strawberries – if you’re looking for a sweet and hint of tart, then strawberries are the way to go. No sugar, just the natural sweetness of the berries. Tip! Freeze the berries before putting them in the jug – that cools the water and releases the flavour over a longer period of time.
- Watermelon – buy a whole melon when it’s on sale and add a few chunks of the melon in to the jug.
- Green apples – gives a sour and refreshing taste to water. Combine with lemon and it’s twice as nice!
- Watermelon and lemon – gives a sweet yet sour flavour to your table water.
- Ice tea – all you need is cold tea with a bit of sugar and some extra flavouring. Add a couple of slices of lemon and a teaspoon of sugar while you warm the water and boil for a few minutes before adding the tea. Let it soak until it’s strong and cool it. It’s a lot cheaper to make your own ice tea than buying it.
- Ginger and cucumber – if you’re in for something strong, feel a bit under the weather or just enjoy a strong taste to your water, then ginger is for you. Plus, ginger is full of antioxidants and aids metabolism.
- Red berries – strawberries, blueberries (technically a blue one, but eh) and raspberries. The easiest way to combine these are to buy them frozen in a premix – it’s also better for your wallet. Fresh fruits are expensive, I’m afraid, unless you’ve got a supply of your own.
- Oranges – Sweet and a bit sour, depending on what kind you’ve got and how ripe they are.
- Pears – can be anything from sweet to sour depending on what kind it is and how ripe they are. This one’s worth pairing up with something like green apples or watermelon.
Enjoy these tips and be sure to try out your own combinations to find your favvourites! Please, share your combinations for a chance to be added to the list.
This is literally one of the easiest ways to make baguettes at home, that won’t cost a small fortune (and is superhard to make). You only need a few basic ingredients to make this tasty bread.
2tbsp olive oil
1 pack dry yeast
(1 egg) optional
- Heat the olive oil and water to 37 degrees Celsius on the stove
- Mix the hot water with the yeast to start up the yeast. Mix it in a large bowl or a kitchen aid.
- Mix in the rest of the ingredients well for at least 5 minutes in the kitchen aid. It shouldn’t stick to your fingers when you handle it.
- Take it out of the kitchen aid and put the dough on a table, sprinkled with a little flour.
- Knead the dough for a few minutes more and add some more flour if needed.
- Put it back in the bowl, cover it with a baking towel and set it to rise for 60min. Don’t leave it too cold, or the yeast will die. The same thing applies if the opposite happens!
- Heave the dough back on a floured table and cut it into 4 equally big pieces and form them into breads/baguettes. Do NOT knead the dough at this stage!
- Put them on two baking trays, layered with oven paper. Sprinkle some flour on the bread and put baking towels over. Let rise for 30min
- Preheat the oven to 275 degrees Celsius while the bread is rising.
- If you want you can brush the bread with the whisked egg, and then grind over some sea salt. It’s optional but adds some flavour.
- Bake the bread in the middle of the oven, one tray at the time, for 15 minutes.
- Let them cool on a cutting board, or something else – but not the baking tray.
- Eat fresh and freeze the bread that won’t be used right away.
A lot of people think that lasagna is a fancy, difficult and most of all: expensive dish to make. With proper planning it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive at all, it will, however, be a bit time consuming – but it will be well worth it in the end! If you buy the ingredients while they’re on sale and/or with coupons, and adjust the vegetables in in to what’s cheap and in season, it will be a cheap but fancy meal.
Minced meat sauce:
500gr minced meat
2 cubes of meat stock
2 cans of diced tomatoes or tomato sauce
2 tsp black pepper
0.5dcl tomato paste
1-2tbsp soy sauce
1 can of water (use the tomato can)
1tbsp paprika powder
4 cloves of garlic
1 litre of milk or cream
300gr shredded cheese
1-2 packs of lasagna noodles
150gr shredded cheese (to go on top of the lasagna)
- Start preheating the oven to about 200C
- Peel and chop the onions finely
- Heat a frying pan until very hot and put in the butter.
- When the butter has stopped sizzling, put in the chopped onions and cook them until they’ve got a golden colour.
- Put in the minced meat and brown it with the onions. Separate and chop up the meat until its fine and make sure it’s not pink.
- Coat it with the thickening and stir it in
- Add the rest of the ingredients for the Bolognese sauce and stir well!
- Let it simmer for at least 15 minutes to get the flavours out and then put it aside to cool while you make the cheese sauce.
- Melt the butter for the cheese sauce, on a hot stove, and put in the flour or thickening. Stir well, there shouldn’t be any lumps. I always use a whisker when I make the cheese sauce.
- Gradually add the milk or cream and mix until it has thickened and then add more until it’s all in there.
- Pull the sauce pan from the heat and carefully fold the grated cheese in to the sauce, until it has melted completely.
- DO NOT put the cheese sauce back on the stove after you’ve put the cheese in, it’ll make it chewy and stringy.
- Put out lasagna noodles at the bottom of the lasagna dish. Then put a layer of the minced meat sauce & a layer of the cheese sauce in there.
- Putin another layer of lasagna noodles and repeat until there’s no more sauce
- There should be cheese sauce on top.
- Spread the shredded cheese on top.
- Cover the dish in tin foil and make sure it’s wrapped tight over the top.
- Bake it in the oven for 45 minutes on 200 Celsius.
- Turn the heat down to 175 Celsius and let it be in there for another 20 – 30 minutes.
Serve on its own or with a light, fresh salad. Enjoy!