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Meal Plan 8 - Lentil salad with soy, 24p
Caramelised Onions

I’ve had a little play with the shopping list ingredients, shared them out over the 7 days and this is what I’m thinking of at the moment

 

BreakfastLunchDinner
day 1porridgelentil burgers with oriental saladchicken casserole with dumplings
day 2pancakes with peanut butter, soy sauce, chilliind pie of lentils, onion, sprouts, cabbage, carrots, oil, soystir fry with noodles
day 3cabbage pancakes, chilli saucelentils & veg salad with chilli sauce & soychicken casserole with dumplings
day 4porridgeind pie of lentils, onion, sprouts, cabbage, carrots, oil, soystir fry with noodles
day 5pancakes with peanut butter, soy sauce, chillichicken soupchicken with coconut & peanut butter sauce
day 6cabbage pancakes, chilli saucelentils & veg salad with chilli sauce & soysavoury oats, roast veg
day 7porridgechicken soupchicken with coconut & peanut butter sauce
Cakes & Bakes
oaty biscuits, plain scones , Bannocks with roasted veg hoummous

 

I’ve got the lentils soaking in a saucepan, I’ll be cooking them tomorrow and starting to test the ideas here.

 

On Monday, I went to Uckfield Radio, a very local radio, to talk about Thrifty Lesley.  The studios are in a beautiful rural situation at the picturesquely named Bird In Eye farm. Also on the site is a farm shop. So I had to go and have a look didn’t I 🙂

I got a lovely little bit of beef to slow cook. We had some of that yesterday with veg and mash and we’ll have the other tomorrow as a cottage pie. It was super tasty, a beautiful bit of local East Sussex beef. When cutting up the beef this afternoon to make the cottage pie, I separated the fat, put it in a small saucepan, and gently rendered it down. So now I have a simply delicious little dish of the most glorious dripping. Once the fat had all rendered out, there were half a dozen little crispy morsels left in the pan. They disappeared smartish in the direction of my mouth and mmmmm sounds ensued.

I also got a MacSween haggis

It can actually be purchased from Amazon, maybe just in January. My local butcher does it, and a vegetarian version too. If you haven’t got a butcher to get it from, and you would like some, here is the Amazon Link.  MacSweens site says that haggis is available in several supermarkets.

I had a quarter for dinner this evening with a jkt potato and some veg. It was absolutely delicious, and very filling. As I was enjoying it, I was wondering if I could work it in to a Thrifty Lesley budget. It has such a strong, spicy flavour, it would work well in many dishes, and a little would go a long way. Like a spicy sausage.

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You could use it instead of chicken in a  haggis and onion pie, which would be gorgeous.  MacSweeny’s site recommends using it in scones, which sounds lovely, or with raita in pitta which would be fab for lunch. Or you could make a tapas style dish of fried potatoes and haggis, sprinkle little bits on pizza, maybe with caramelised onions, in a risotto with little bits of caramelised, roasted swede. So there are lots of lovely ideas you can do with it and keep to a £1 budget.

 

 

 

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Caramelised Onions
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