Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Yummy food on a budget

 I bought myself a yoghurt maker back in the summer. It was on sale for half price so I didn't feel too guilty for buying another 'gadget'. Essentially it's just a flask, but it works really well without any faff. It came with a couple of yoghurt mixes, which I used and they were delicious. I have since made up my own mixes with natural live yoghurt and milk ( I froze the live yoghurt in ice cube trays as you only need a bit each time). This has worked well but doesn't make as creamy a yoghurt. The other day I saw some packet mixes at half price, so I bought two for £1.50. They each make 1 litre of delicious thick yoghut. I'm eating some now as a little treat! The same quantity of equivalent yoghurt would cost you at least £3 per litre - it makes it even tastier!!
I had made dark chocolate coated candied orange peel as a treat over Christmas, taken from a recipe from 'Gardenmama' blog. They were nice - not too sweet, but sugary enough to feel special.

I had two oranges left which I wasn't quite sure what to do with, so I decided to try orange curd. It's basically orange juice (strained 125ml), some grated orange peel, 3 eggs, 125g sugar and 125g butter. Melt it all together until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon and then decant into sterilised jars. It will keep in the fridge for a week or two. I made it on the hob first but it didn't set, so I heated it in the microwave for 1 minute intervals, stirring in between, until it thickened. I have to say it is the nicest curd I have ever tasted! I will have to try some different flavours later in the year.

I've just come back from doing the week's grocery shop. It only cost me £55 for six days and six people. The menu next week is:-
  • Cauliflower pakoras with peperonata, red onion chutney and raita
  • Aromatic black-eye bean curry with home made GF flatbreads
  • Spicy Mexican bean soup and bread
  • Sweet potato and chick pea curry
  • Vegetable chilli with peanut butter cabbage and sadza

For my gluten free, vegan bake this week, I'm going to try chocolate and macadamia brownies
It's such a good feeling when the house is full of yummy, healthy food even if it's still in its component parts at the moment!!


  1. To make homemade yogurts thicker and creamier use UHT milk and add a tablespoon of dried milk powder, works every time for me.

    Your Orange Curd sounds and looks lovely.

  2. Thanks for the tip, Sue! The recipe for the curd came from a free Tesco magazine my daughter picked up, but it didn't set, so I reverted to the microwave method. I'm going to try banana curd next week - not surprisingly the orange didn't last long! I also stirred a spoonful of the curd into my yoghut - yummy!!

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