It was so easy as the packet mix added flavour. I just chopped up the onion, sautéed it (that's posh for frying) in a small amount of olive oil, added the chopped up carrot (tiny pieces to cook quicker), mince, packet mix and 300ml water. I had some out of date (only by a couple of months!) chilli tomato puree so added a squirt of that too. It was simmered for a few minutes to make sure it was hot and popped in a dish with lovely soft mashed potato on top. After just 30 minutes in the oven at 190 it came out lovely....
Especially with a few microwaved peas and some instant gravy......(the latter added after the picci, of course) This was my portion so slightly less than 1/4 of the recipe...
I have tried to cost it out:
300g Quorn mince (3 bags for £5) 1.67
Shepherd's pie mix (Morrisons) .29
1 Carrot (12 in a bag 60p) .05
2 small onions (12 for 50p) .09
dribble of oil (guesstimate) .02
700g potatoes (from big sack) .24
splash of milk to mash..negligible
Total without peas & gravy £2.36
This made 4 portions and it could be bulked out easily with extra veggies to feed a family. As there are only two of us, the other 2 portions have been frozen for an easy meal another time.
I do wish you could have seen us trying to work out the cost of the potatoes though. I can't do metric. A 12.5kg bag cost us £4 (£2 at the moment in Morrisons) so I hope we came up with the correct cost. What a pair of numptys. Who would guess that I have an 'O' level in maths? Sorry, Miss Morrell, you didn't teach me in metric.
I picked up some bargainous yellow stickered stuff yesterday too but, so as not to bore you with too much food blogging, I'll write about that tomorrow :)
At the moment the sun is shining, melting away the ground frost, the air smells fresh and clean, here is a lovely place to be. That is my Small Treasure for today.
Hope your day is wonderful.
Lovely to *see * you x