I am terribly embarrassed that it is nigh on the end of April and the Credit Crunch round-up from March remains uncompleted. I really should heed my own advice and write it as the entries come in. The matter has become somewhat urgent as Camilla is on the verge of pipping me to the post and publishing April’s round-up before I get this one done!
So off we go on a whistle-stop tour around some of the best frugal food around on blogs during March 2013.
First was Janet from the Taste Space with vegan mango cupcakes. Vegan baking can often call for lots of expensive specialist ingredients, but not with these cakes, so cheap and ethical!
Left over chicken, homemade stock, tinned tomatoes and a sliver of chorizo combined to make this budget friendly chicken, chorizo and potato stew from Stephanie, it is the first time she has taken part in Credit Crunch Munch so welcome, and we hope to see you back.
Frugal on both cost and calories is this Savoury Cauliflower “Rice” from Jac at Tinned Tomatoes. With finely chopped cauliflower used as a substitution for rice this dish weighs in at 137Cal per large bowl full.
Another frugal on calories dish from Karen with this easy cheesy fish pie, using two types of haddock and a nifty way of making the potato topping to keep the calories down.
I have “known” Johanna from Green Gourmet Giraffe for many years, despite the fact we live at opposite ends of the planet and have never met. I am intrigued by her watermelon curry, which she served with dal which she added an accidentally opened tin of creamed corn to.
Lentils are one of my favourite ingredients, cheap, delicious and highly adaptable. They made another appearance this month in Jane’s Cheesey Lentil Pie. Delicious, frugal and adaptable.
Rachel from Marmaduke Scarlet wants a cloak of Invisibility for when she has a kitchen disaster. I want a cloak of invisibility for I can snatch this leftover roast beef sandwich from her. Made with leftover roast beef, Stilton pesto, roasted peppers and some more blue cheese it looks sinfully delicious.
Made with cheaper cuts of meat, slow cooked and bulked out with affordable tinned beans this hearty beef goulash can also be frozen in handy portions for lunches. Victoria from A Kick at the Pantry Door has ticked all the Credit Crunch Munch boxes here.
Also from Victoria is a plum and almond crumble to use up some of her 8 packets of ground almonds that had accumulated in the cupboards.
Kat, the Baking Explorer made this luscious looking lemon meringue cupcakes from leftover ingredients in her fridge. They look lovely and I want one (or two) right now with my coffee!
My Credit Crunch Munch partner in crime, Camilla, made a turkey, bacon and leek pie using up the last of her Christmas Turkey which had been in the depths of her freezer. Delicious!
Looking at Michelle’s blog makses me feel tired. I do not know how she does it. She works part time, has three children and bakes and blogs constantly. She also puts together the most amazing meal plans feeding her family for £50 most weeks. Her bulk biscuit recipe is perfect for bake sales and entertaining children and at 4p per biscuit these are certainly Credit Crunch Munch friendly.
Soup lends itself well to leftovers, but it is all to easy to make a very mediocre one. Clairey’s leftover asparagus, pea, bacon & stilton soup sounds just delicious at a frugal 43p a bowl and 110 cal!
Generally it is rather gratifying when someone listens to you, and I am delighted that Elizabeth has now started to freeze cheese rinds for adding to soups, there is always a cheese rind box in my freezer; the trick is to start anew every few months so they get rotated. Her green soup of broccoli and watercress also went down a treat with her children.
Camilla’s second submission are these banana and blueberry pancakes, made frugal by shopping at a cheaper supermarket, and using golden rather than maple syrup. They look a feast to me, and perfect for a weekend breakfast.
Free recipes are easy to come by, from the internet and from those recipe cards in supermarkets. Caroline adapted this golden syrup banana cake by leaving out the relatively expensive nuts and using flour in their place, and using syrup in place of the honey. Bonus frugal points that the syrup was bought when on offer.
Sian made some cheesy garlic pull apart bread, perfect for sharing, and considerably cheaper than buying it from the supermarket. I suspect it was also far cheesier than a shop one. Also perfect for using up all those little bits of cheese you might have. (I never have cheese that needs using up – I would have nibbled it first)
Reduced priced cocktail sausages provided the base for these mini toad in the holes, with each toad coming in at 9p. Perfectly frugal and also well worth bookmarking and serving as canapes at a party. Thanks to JibberJabber.
Caroline went on a US road trip and stumbled upon the Idaho potato cake, which is a chocolate cake made with leftover mashed potato, syrup and chocolate. It looks extremely good, especially when served with lashing of cream.
You really cannot get cheaper than good old root vegetables, which are delicious roasted (roasted vegetable soup is a favourite of mine). Over at Chez Foti a selection of roast vegetables was used as a home made pizza topping. A simple tasty idea, and far cheaper than getting a delivery.
Jarred pesto can be very expensive, as can the parmesan if you make your own. Jen made this vibrant green vegan version with watercress, rocket, spinach and almonds. It was so good she is never going back to buying jarred.
With reduced blackberries that needed using up Jac had a dilemma, smoothie or cake? I am delighted that she went for this amazing sounding cake of Blackberries with Blood Orange Drizzle.
A 3 for 2 bargain is only a bargain if you use it all up. Camilla had a surfeit of crystallized ginger which she had bought for Christmas. It all came together rather nicely in this pear, chocolate and ginger crumble.
Choclette was sent a large box of Brazilian limes (which lead to me making bad twitter jokes about them being hairless) and used the last up in these chocolate and lime biscuits. Chocolate and lime is a classic sweet pairing and these both look and sound delicious.
Perfect for a week night supper when minimal cooking is in order are these thyme sauteed courgettes, leeks with feta from London Busybody. The cheese melts in and makes a sauce. Perfect.
Jen’s second entry this month is this Shepherd’s pie with left over roast lamb. Her top tip is to use a beef stock cube, rather than lamb, to make it meatier. Frugal, comforting and warming.
Seasonal food is always cheaper and Ren made this lovely looking lamb hotpot with cheaper carrot, onions, celery and potatoes which balanced out the more expensive lamb. One pots are also frugal on the washing up!
Another one pot is this highly adaptable Spanish style baked chicken and rice. Partially made in advance and packed with cheap seasonal vegetables what is not to love about it? Many thanks to Chez Foti.
Ed has a bit of an addiction for seeded flatbreads, which are horribly expensive. With his new found passion for baking I shall be pointing him at Kellie’s Crispy Fennel Seed Flatbreads, which look identical to the ones that he regularly buys.
Giving up work to be a full time Mum was the right decision, but it did have financial implications. Giving up treats is one thing, but compromising on putting good food on the table was not on the agenda for My Golden Pear. This budget sausage stroganoff is packed with mushrooms, and the sausages to fed 4 cost just £2.40
The humble lentil is elevated and topped with crispy fried onion in this Ottolenghi inspired dish of Mejarda from Anneli.
Co host Camilla is the Queen of Credit Crunch Munching, and I am very impressed with her Easter egg for under £1. I am even more impressed that Paul A Young congratulated her on it on Twitter!
Lastly is Nigella’s Kedgeree Risotto from Jen at Blue Kitchen Bakes, using only £1.25 of fish this is a budget friendly dish.
A huge thank you to everyone who took part, and the winner of the Easy Yo from Yoghurt Direct (excluding Camilla, me and anyone who lives abroad) is ….