Hello Dear Reader,
Just two fantastic ingredients made up the ‘star attraction’ of our supper last night. My son is staying with us as he’s working locally so I feel the need to serve him his favourite food. Every household out there has a version of a meatloaf of some kind. I use belly pork as it’s cheaper than minced pork and then I mince it myself.
I’ve been buying belly pork in Lidl for under £3 for four or five slices, it’s British and I haven’t found it any cheaper any where else.
|Lidl currently have belly pork joints for £3.99 for a kilo! You can slow roast this, or unroll it and cut it into slices your self. You could make your own mince too, it’s cheaper than any where else and on offer at the moment.|
I also use Tesco or Asda value stuffing and just follow the instructions to make it. I then combine the minced pork and the stuffing. If I’m feeling flush, I’ll add a beaten egg, but as the cheapest free range I can find is 14p each, then I don’t always add one!
I learnt how to mince my own meat when watching Jamie Oliver’s ’30 Minute Meals’ – he cut the meat into cubes and then put it in the food processor and just used the ‘pulse’ to chop it into tiny pieces. I now use this for potatoes, onions and swede when I make pasties. I still hand cut the meat but ‘pulse’ the rest.
Here’s the result both with and without gravy. I cooked it in a loaf tin in the mini-oven and finished some boiled potatoes in the oven as well, which I brushed with oil. Served with savoy cabbage and mashed swede.
You can see how I bulk our meals out mainly with cheap and nutritious veggies. Four slices of pork and one packet of stuffing, made enough ‘roast’ for six portions, so we’ll be ‘playing it again Sam’ for lunch today. I plated six meals yesterday, covered three and put them in the fridge and they’ll just be reheated in the popty ping today. (cost per meal? 65p per portion)