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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Inspired Shepherds Pie & Dodgy Maths

Quite inspired by John  at Of Brambles and Bears blog, I fancied making veggie shepherds pie last night using Quorn mince.  I had all the ingredients in stock.....


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 I had some out of date (only by a couple of months!)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 
 


5 comments:

  1. A very thrifty meal, and some for the freezer,saving time and energy and money, that's what I love.Looking forward to seeing your bargains. Weather wise its starting pouring down here, so at least it will warm up a bit, take care xx

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  2. We used Quorn years ago when youngest daughter went veggie, we always enjoyed eating it,it takes on flavours well.

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    1. It does, Marlene, doesn't it. Taste without the guilt!

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  3. It looks great, I keep on meaning to make one but with a cheesy mash topping. I prefer using quorn to real mince, at least you know what you are getting.

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