Did you know that the average household wastes around £470 worth of food and drink every year, even more for families? The most common reasons for throwing out food is that we cook too much or it gets left too long and spoils. As a budget cook, preventing food waste is high on my list of priorities. I go shopping weekly and buy exactly what I need for that week with the help of meal plans and a shopping list. Because I am on such a tight budget, if some thing goes to waste, I don’t have the luxury of buying any thing else. I make sure I eat before I go food shopping so I am not tempted to buy any thing that isn’t on the shopping list. Other wise, I would end up buying junk that just sits in the fridge or cupboard until it starts growing some other kind of life form! The only things I buy that aren’t on my shopping list are £2-5 worth of shopping for the food bank each week. You can also donate any thing in your cupboard which you are unlikely to use that is unused and in date.
This won’t be to everyone’s taste and you might think I’ve lost my marbles, putting onion and sweetcorn into cake mix. But it just works, trust me! It can be enjoyed with cheese and chutney, dipped in soup or simple just by itself.
Makes 1 medium cake
Thank you Paul Hollywood, King of pies, for this recipe! I’ve changed it to suit a budget and a toddler’s taste buds. I have made my own short crust pastry to save money but you can buy ready made pastry to save time.
Who even has a pantry any more?! I keep all my food in a corner cupboard but pantry sounds better!
A part of the reason I’m able to keep the price of my food shopping down is because I keep a well stocked pantry. It contains the smaller items that you use regularly. Some may seem a bit expensive but they are more like an investment as they will be used in many meals.
I bet we all have some thing at the back of our cupboard that we got especially for a recipe and then it never saw the light of day again.