Dear ladies, Due to other commitments and my husband's advice, I won't be blogging very regularly this year. But I intend to occasionally present some small posts which I hope will be a blessing. Thank you for all your your support.
I am continuing with my series on 'Homemaking Basics', but as you have probably noticed, it is taking me much longer than I had anticipated. I am still dealing with the shopping list 'Week 1' and I hope you will be patient.
So far, we have made batch mince meals and roast chicken dinners from the shopping list, and I have reprinted the list below to save anyone having to scroll through previous posts to locate it. Recently, I made up another easy and quick meal and as well as the roast chicken dinner, and batch mince meals, you will be able to make it from the ingredients from the week 1 shopping list below.
SHOPPING LIST (from Week 1)
Conference pears (6) 69p
Royal Gala Apples (7) 69p
Fresh Carrots 1kg 59p
White potatoes 2.5kg 1.69
Fresh onions 1kg 59p
Packet Sultanas 500g 84p
Sunflower spread 500g 69p
Medium Free Range Eggs (15) 2.19
4 pints Semi-Skimmed Milk x 2 1.90
Tin evaporated milk 410g 55p
Mature cheddar cheese 850g 3.99
Un-smoked back bacon 250g 1.25
Minced beef (ground beef) 750g 2.59
Small chicken 1.25kg 2.99
Packet smoked frankfurters 99p
Frozen garden peas 907g 89p
Frozen sausages (20) 99p
Jar tomato and herb pasta sauce 39p
Sunflower oil 1L 99p
Tin tuna flakes 185g 49p
Tinned baked beans/tom sauce x2 48p
Tin red kidney beans 400g 23p
Tin tomato soup 400g 42p
Tube tomato purée 200g 37p
Tin plum tomatoes 400g 31p
Dried yeast 42g 59p
Dried penne pasta 500g 29p
Tin rice pudding 400g 13p
Porridge oats 1kg 75p
Plain white flour 1.5kg 45p
Strong white flour 1.5kg 75p
Strong wholemeal flour 1.5kg 99p
Packet granulated(everyday) sugar 1kg 59p
Beef meat gravy granules 300g 75p
Everyday tea bags (80) 99p
Lard 250g 39p
CHEAP AND EASY PIZZA
Remember that this recipe is enough for two adults, but you can easily make a couple of them, or you can add potatoes, homemade chips (French fries) bread, salad or whatever you like to make it go further. If you like , you could buy a tub of inexpensive coleslaw to go with or make some potato salad, and that would be a tasty accompaniment to the meal. Whatever you decide to add, try and serve the pizza while it is lovely and hot. Warming the plates can help with that too.
Now, I obviously went for the 'rustic' look with this one, but I guarantee it is delicious, and you can make yours a lot tidier if you want to : )
If you have to go out, just make up the dough and leave it in a warm place until you get home. (timing doesn't really matter with this)
In a large bowl put in 200g of strong white flour, with half a teaspoon of your dried yeast (Aldi yeast sachets are the fast-acting type of yeast). Stir in a quarter teaspoon of salt.
Next, add a tablespoon of vegetable oil and 150ml of warm water. Sprinkle some flour on your clean counter-top and flour your hands. Using a large spoon or palette knife, bring the dough together in a ball, turn it onto the surface and knead it for a few minutes, adding more flour to the surface if it begins to stick. If you don't know how to knead dough, do a quick Google search.
Place it back in your bowl, cover and place in a warm place like an airing cupboard, or warm room like the kitchen. In about an hour it will have risen a bit. Don't worry if it hasn't actually doubled in size.
Now, all you have to do is knead it again for a few minutes and roll it out to go on your baking tray/sheet. When you first try and roll it out it will just seem to bounce back again! Just keep rolling and stretching it and in a little while it will spread out nice and wide across your baking sheet.
Turn on your oven to about 220 degrees (Hot) and after it has heated up, place the tray with the pizza base into the oven
In about 10-15 minutes it will like puffy and just slightly brown. Now is the time to take it out of the oven to add the toppings.
Spread some tomato purée that has been mixed with just a bit of water to make it spread easily, over the base while it is still hot. Now grate a generous amount of mature cheddar cheese and place it on top of the tomato purée.
Lastly, snip or slice two franfurters and place them on top of the cheese.
Pop back in the oven for about 5 minutes until the cheese is bubbling and just beginning to brown, or it looks just how you like it.
We regularly enjoy this pizza and once you have done it yourself, you will discover how easy it is - and never want to eat those cardboardy supermarket pizzas again!
When I thought out the shopping list I had intended that the strong flour and yeast could also be used to make bread during the week. Although I used to make bread in my oven for the family, I now regularly use a Panasonic breadmaker each day. This was a Birthday present a few years ago. A breadmaker such as the Panasonic is a great investment because it is much quicker and cleaner, and lasts for years. But it is quite simple to learn to make bread without the breadmaker. It is much healthier and will save you money too. There are lots of basic bread-making recipes on the web, so please have a go. It may take a few tries to get your loaf as you like it, but don't give up if it doesn't work out at first.
Happy Homemaking. I hope this is of value to some of you. Please leave a comment if you have time.