So. After it's trip up and down the superhighway, £3350 is wending its way towards First Base. Part of the cash has enabled us to launch our new 'Meal of the Week' initiative. The idea is to give our food parcel clients the ingredients thy need to have a bash at cooking up some hearty, healthy fare. We are doing the Delia Smith thing and providing what are supposed to be hyper simple recipes for guys who don't do much in the way of cooking.
You'll need - 3 pans, one tin corned beef, 1 tin chopped tomatoes, I passata, chopped onions, veg mix, spaghetti, one baking potato.
1. Stick a decent sized pan on the hob and pour some oil.
2. Put the onions in and fry them until they start to turn brown.
3. Chop the corned beef into cubes and add them to the onions once they are ready.
4. Add the tinned tomatoes, passata and pasta sauce.
5. Stir it all up and let it simmer.
6. Put a big pan on the hob, boil a kettle of water and get it simmering. Add some salt and a few drops of oil. Once it is seriously boiling, add the spaghetti and stir so it doesn’t stick together. Boil for 20 minutes.
7. Put another pan on the hob, boil a half kettle of water and get it boiling in the pan. Add the vegetable soup mix and boil until all the chunks are soft.
8. Take a third of the corned beef mix and add it to the boiling veg soup mix. Stir it, add some salt, switch it off, let it cool and bung it in the fridge.
9. Take a third of the corned beef mix and put it on one side to cool. When it’s cold, stick it in the fridge.
1. Spag Bol – Drain the pasta, put it on a plate, stick the corned beef on top and you’re good to go.
2. Jacket Potato and corned beef sauce. Prick the spud with a sharp knife, stick it in the oven on a high heat – say 200 - and take it out when it is done enough to suit you. Once it’s ready, put it on a plate and open it up. Microwave the corned beef mix you made earlier and pour it on top of the spud.
3. Corned beef soup. – Take it out of the fridge, heat it up and eat it with some bread.
All of these ingredients cost about a fiver which means you have three pretty serious meals for £1.70 each.
So far so good. Just over half our clients are giving it a go and one of them - Drew - has come up with the recipe for next week. Here it is in all its glory.
DREW’S BACON AND CRISP SUPREME
If you hate this, then don’t blame us.
No doubt you’ll know where to find him. So no pressure Drew!
You’ll need – 1 frying pan, one flat oven dish, bacon, 1 tin beans, 2 packets of crisps, grated cheese, 2 tomatoes
1. Put some oil in a pan and add the pieces of bacon.
2. Fry them until they are crispy and then put them to one side.
3. Heat up the tin of beans.
4. Get some kind of flat oven dish and pour in half the beans and then put half of the fried bacon pieces on top.
5. Empty one of the packets of crisps, scrunch them up and sprinkle them onto top of the beans and bacon.
6. Pour on the other half of the beans, put the rest of the bacon on top and add the second packet of scrunched up crisps.
7. Spread out the grated cheese over the top.
8. Slice up the two tomatoes and put them on top of the cheese.
9. Put the dish into a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees and keep it in there until the cheese melts.
10. Eat it and then you have two options –
A) You tell Drew he’s a top man.
B) You give him a tonne of grief
Over to you.
So here's the thing. As ever we could use a bit of help. If anyone out there has an idea for an ultra simple, ultra cheap recipe please e mail it in to me at email@example.com. We aim for it to cost between £1.50 and £2.50. For any of you living in and around Dumfries, I am pretty sure lots of the guys will not have pans, oven dishes etc, so any donations of any such items you might have spare would be really welcome.
I guess this blog has been quite a journey in its own right, all the way from Whitehall's money super highway to Drew's bacon and crisp supreme!