Food, glorious food

 Hello Dear Reader,

A quiet day with my offspring today. I thought I would share a few recipes with you.

First of all – Key Lime Pie. You will need 1 pack or Oreos, 50g of marg or butter, 3 eggs, 50g of caster sugar, 3 limes, 1 400g tin of  condensed milk. I bought the Oreo’s in Poundland, 2 packs for £1. The limes were 3 for £1 and the eggs are 85p for half a dozen free range. It’s very rich and will cut easily into 10 and works out at 32p per portion. Here’s the how to:
1. Melt the butter in a microwave.
2.Blitz the biscuits in the food processor.
3.Mix melted butter and biscuit mix together and press into a loose bottomed baking tin. Smooth some biscuit mix up the sides of the tin.
4. Separate three eggs.
5. Zest three limes, squeeze the juice and combine with the egg yolks and tin of condensed milk.
6. Use an electric whisk (I use my Kenwood chef for everything – similar to a Kitchen Aid – mine’s retro and bought it second hand) to blend until pale and fluffy and add on top of the biscuit base.
7. Whisk the egg whites to a stiff meringue and then whisk in the caster sugar.
8. Smooth the meringue mix on top of the lime custard.
9.Bake at 180 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes until the meringue is golden.

I made mine the day before and it will keep a couple of days in the fridge.

 Turkey Paella.

This is a great way to use up all the bits of meat you can pull off a turkey carcass. I stripped it today and it will make a good few meals. I bought a 4 kilo turkey, which was suggested for six people and there was plenty left.

You will need: left over turkey chopped into cubes, left over ham slices cut into small chunks, some prawns if you have any, left over peas, an onion, two garlic cloves, paprika or paella spices (thanks for Foster  Mummy) 100g rice, chicken stock cube. Here’s the how to:

1. Chop and fry the onion and garlic in some oil.
2.When soft, add the rice, paella spice mix and 750ml of chicken stock (I use the 10p a pack cubes from Tesco) and cook for however long it takes to absorb the water.
3. Just before all of the water is absorbed, with about 15minutes left, add the cooked turkey, ham, peas or left over vegetables and prawns. You could add any left overs to be honest!
4. Cook for another 30 minutes until all ingredients are piping hot.

Banoffee pie.

I can assure you, it looked much better yesterday! I followed a recipe but think it’s better with a thinner biscuit base. Here’s what you need. 2 large bananas – buy the ripe ones, usually sold cheaper and even better if they’ve got dark. A tin of

this is expensive!!!! Not frugal at all and I can’t find this cheaper than £1.50 any where! 3/4 of a pack of digestive biscuits and 100g of butter! I would use less butter in future as the base was hard to cut and less butter would have resulted in a crumblier lighter base. 1 small pot of whipping cream – again! the cheapest I could get was 65p. You will need a few cubes of dark chocolate. You can buy perfectly good dark chocolate for cooking in Tesco or Asda for 30p a bar.

Here’s the – how to:
1. Melt the butter in a bowl in the microwave.
2. Crush the biscuits in the food processor.
3. Mix butter and biscuits together and press into the bottom of a loose bottomed tin.
4. Bake in the oven (180) for ten minutes – leave to cool for an hour.
5. Spread caramel on top.
6.Slice bananas and arrange on top of the caramel.
7.Whip the cream – you can buy whipped cream in a can, sometimes on offer but I don’t like it as they sweeten it and cream is sweet enough.
8. Break 4 cubes of chocolate into a small jug and microwave, a few seconds at a time until soft.
9.Drizzle over the top of the whipped cream.
Serves 10 – it will also last in the fridge for a couple of days – this again worked out at 32p a portion
I fed six people yesterday and four people today and my son and daughter have ‘tupperware’ (old margarine tubs!) full of paella to heat when they get home and more dessert to eat later. We’ll take them home later. Apologies that the dessert recipes are not frugal, but each is the favourite dessert of either my son or daughter and it was lovely to spoil them.
Until tomorrow,
Love Froogs 

13 thoughts on “Food, glorious food

  1. My pesto was not frugal but I know my mum will love it.

    Homemade luxuries are worth it and still much cheaper then gourmet shop bought stuff. Imagine paying for your decadent cakes in a shop! Ouch… That would hurt the purse strings here.

    Close ad loved family is worth the extra pennies and time 🙂


  2. Have you ever tried cocoa powder as a substitute for the bar chocolate? I find it to be cheaper.

    Also, a once a rare while treat is welcomed-especially at the holidays. If you budget carefully, it is do-able. Enjoy your splurge!

    BTW-the turkey paella looks lovely!


  3. I make the Banoffee pie with a ready made pastry case (69p in Asda). For the topping I just grate 1 square of dark chocolate over the top, looks lovely.

    I agree completely somethimes a slightly less frugal pud is well worth it for a special treat, still at 32p a portion, it's still pretty frugal in my book.

    Sue xx


  4. Here in Chile they sell something very similar to caramel, it is called “manjar” and you can buy it buy the kilos!

    When it is made from scratch you slowly cook milk and sugar together for a long time, but there is a cheat recipe. Take a can of sweetened condensed milk and put it in a large saucepan, cover with water. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for two hours, topping up the water to keep it covered. Remove the can and allow to cool before opening.

    I have seen this used in a banoffee recipe. I don't know if it is cheaper to make the caramel this way, but if you did a few cans at a time it would save on energy, and they store well unopened.

    Hope you had a nice Christmas!


  5. If it's possible to get a tin of condensed milk on sale, you can boil it in a saucepan of water for an hour (just be sure to watch it closely so it doesn't go dry….and take the label off first) which converts it to caramel. It's what we used to do 20 years ago, they obviously cottoned on and now do it themselves to sell.


  6. Thank you for sharing. The desserts sound yummy and while not super frugal they are still way cheaper than buying them.

    Here is a tip for the Banoffee pie. I found a couple of recipes which use 1 can (375 – 400g) of condensed milk and add 70g brown sugar and 50g butter. Simmer gently for about 15 minutes or until caramelised.

    I go one step further and make my own condensed milk using this recipe.

    1 cup sugar
    3 tablespoons butter
    1/2 cup water 1 cup skim milk powder

    Place butter, sugar and water in a saucepan, bring to the boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, cool slightly, add milk powder and beat vigorously until smooth.

    This is best left to stand overnight and it will thicken up to the expected consistency. It can be stored in the fridge for a couple of weeks if necessary.

    I use this in any recipe requiring condensed milk including fudge which turned out beautifully.


  7. I think those puddings keep well within your frugal style – especially if you think what they'd cost ready made in M&S or in a restaurant 😉

    Might have to try your paella receipe – I think we've everything here that I need.


  8. oops somehow hit publish so will retry my comment-I think you can get the what you are after in the caramel sauce by cooking a can of sweetened condensed milk in a crock pot/slwocooker for several hours or overnight-super easy and cheap!


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