Monday, 20 April 2015

Thrifty weekend treats

Hello Dear Reader,

We had such a lovely weekend. No bookings, no where to go and nothing to do. We had a great time at home. All the washing was dried in the fresh air, ironed and put away. I love the smell of fresh sheets and opening the linen cupboard and smelling fresh Cornish air on the sheets and towels. I also love having the time to make 'fake aways' instead of forking out for a takeaway. 

I make fish and chips in the oven. I par boil the chips first, spray them in oil and bake them. They come out crispy. Instead of a bread or batter coating, I sprinkled 25g of grated Parmesan on top and baked it for just ten minutes in a hot oven. We ate that all with some steamed veggies (mixed frozen and frozen green beans) healthy and cheap. I always buy frozen pollock, it's usually labelled 'white fish' so I always look at the back to see what it is and where it's from. I won't but cod or haddock, it's expensive and over fished and getting rare. The frozen fish is £1.65 for 520g and is a much cheaper option, I buy it from Tesco.

There's nothing like a big pile of carb filled chips at the weekend, good all week and a bit of junk at the weekend!

Sunday, instead of a big roast lunch and getting a fill of weekend junk, I made sweet and sour pork.

I used

5 pork steak with all the fat cut off ( a crying shame as so much flavour is in the fat, I usually leave some but we're both trying to be healthier) cut into small slices. I bought two packs of pork steaks for £4 from our local butchers (Tregeagles) so they were just 40p each.
1 head of broccoli cut into small pieces
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 pepper sliced
1/4 tsp of five spice
2 garlic cloves - crushed
2 tbsp wine vinegar
1 tsp cornflour
4 tbsp soy sauce
200 ml stock ( I always use a cube and water)
Fresh pineapple - currently 68p in Aldi
4 tbsp tomato purée

In a non stick pan fry the pork and vegetables, use a little spray oil if it sticks. Cook for ten minutes.

In a jug, mix all the other ingredients. Add to the pan and simmer for fifteen minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with rice, salad or noodles. 

Now, after a weekend of 'carnage' I will lay off the starch! 

Cheap, healthy (ish!) and not a chip shop or takeaway in sight. 

Over to you, anyone else had a bit of a splurge this weekend?

Until tomorrow.

Love Froogs xxxx