Sunday, 20 October 2013

Cheap Eats #7

Apologies for being a bit quiet on the whole cheap eats side of things. We were out for a lot of last week and we just ate out of the freezer on the nights we were in. However, I did manage to get do cooking the week before last.

This Moroccan Lamb Tagine was pretty dull to be honest. Given that I generally like to use neck of lamb (on the bone) when cooking this dish, I really didn't like using mince instead. I also thought that the spicing was a bit bland. Having said this, it was easy enough to make and as I'd managed to source the mince from the reduced section, it wasn't all that expensive, I just won't bother doing it again!

In order to celebrate the return of HFW's Three Good Things (a friend had borrowed it) I cooked up a couple of his soups for lunches. Parsnip, garlic and blue cheese soup was delicious. I particularly liked the use of roasted garlic and I was surprised at how well it complemented the blue cheese.

HFW's Tomato and barley soup is something I've cooked before and I just love it. Not only is it stupidly easy and cheap to make (I haven't bothered making the purée myself yet), it's delicious. Better still it's pretty versatile as I can turn it into a risotto style dish when reheating just by simmering some of the liquid off and stirring in some cheese.

I still have plenty of soups for the week ahead and I have plans for a beef and barley stew, a mushroom and spinach curry and a sausage, bean and bacon casserole. I'll probably cook up a few more soups during the following week - do you have any recipe suggestions?


  1. Beef shin. Dirt cheap from Chris Beech's on South Rd, Walkley and just the job for everything from curry, chilli, tagines, casseroles, basic stews or the Nigerian Jollof I did last week. The Jollof included some King Prawns I bought from Castle Market, I got about 10 of them, huge buggers, for £2. Chris Beech also has pheasant, £4.50 each at the moment, oven ready and more than enough for two.