As many of you who follow me are aware I have just commenced a new project called Kitty’s Basic Kitchen. I have put most of my kitchen utensils, spices and other store-cupboard food away in boxes, with the aim of seeing to what extent it is possible to build a kitchen and cook healthy food on a very limited budget.
This is the second recipe in the series. The first thing which I cooked was homemade stuffing and roast vegetables; which quickly made me realise that I had missed something important out of my basic kitchen – a baking tray! Steve and I ate only half of the stuffing I cooked; I had thought to use the extra for stuffing sandwiches for lunch (yum!) but some Pinterest inspiration led me to make this stew.
This one-pot meal was inspired by this recipe from the blog ‘My Fussy Eater’, with some key differences:
- Instead of sausages I used up cooked stuffing leftover from the meal yesterday;
- I had in the fridge half a tin of baked beans which I used instead of butter beans;
- because of the tomato juice in the beans I only used half a tin of tomatoes;
- paprika has not yet made it into the store-cupboard I am starting from scratch, so I used chilli instead.
- I am sadly lacking tomato puree; and
- I didn’t end up adding any stock because there was enough salt in the baked beans.
This fed two people, we dipped bread in it and it was really yummy. If I had used the whole tin of tomatoes and added a tin of butter beans then it would have also made at least one lunch for the following day.
I didn’t need to change the method to fit in with my emptied kitchen, so I don’t think that I need to re-write the recipe. The only difference was that I didn’t need to first cook the sausages. So, on to costs.
The cost of the stuffing was already accounted for as part of the meal yesterday.
- an onion – £0.09
- two carrots – £0.07
- 2 cloves of garlic – £0.05
- tin of tomatoes – £0.35 (I used Asda’s cheapest, they were okay but contained more liquid than a more expensive tin. I only used half, but have included all the cost in this meal and will exclude it from the cost of the meal tomorrow.)
- 1/2 teaspoon mixed herbs – £0.01
- 1/2 teaspoon of chilli flakes – £0.01
- 1/2 tin of baked beans – £0.25 (I used the cheapest I could find in the Co-op, I thought that they would be all sauce and no bean but they were actually pretty good. I have included the full cost of the tin because the beans on toast we had at the weekend weren’t accounted for elsewhere.)
- I haven’t yet worked out the cost of a tablespoon of oil, but I assume that it is negligible. I will go with £0.05 for sake of argument.
- Bread to dip – £0.25
Ingredients Cost = £1.13 !!
But wait, we haven’t done utensils yet and I had forgotten something obvious from my Basic Kitchen… a tin opener! Having found it in the bottom of a box I now need to add the cost to my monthly £10 utensil budget. What do I do? Should I go for the cheapest I can find and hope that it won’t fall apart in the first week? I expect that I will have forgotten some other obvious things, so cheapest it is.
Utensil Cost – £2.50